26. Houston Texans - Whitney Mercilus
The Texans land the number two defensive end late in the first round. The Texans could not have been smarter drafting a defensive end with the departure of pro bowler Mario Williams to Buffalo. Mercilus has a very explosive first step, quick to read the snap, tough to block. His last name says it all pretty much, Mercy less. Mercilus and J.J Watt on the same line, man oh man are the Texans going to be fun to watch again. I really like the Texans pick here, very smart.
27. Cincinnati Bengals - Kevin Zeitler
Zeitler has pretty respectable speed off the ball for his size, although he could afford to lose some weight. Poor leverage but plays tell the whistle blows and is constantly looking for targets down field. A solid addition to protect last year’s monster pick, Andy Dalton.
28. Green Bay Packers - Nick Perry
I am absolutely shocked, almost more shocked then Seattle’s Bruce Irvin pick. The Packers could not have been brighter and more fortunate for Nick Perry to fall all the way to them at 28. Perry is a very good pass rusher with great first-step quickness. Solid athlete, as it shows in his footwork. Could possibly be a linebacker if the Packers find him to be to small for the line, but either way, the Packers scored greatly with the Nick Perry pick.
29. Minnesota Vikings - Harrison Smith
I like that the Vikings took Harrison Smith late in the first round. After Mark Barron Smith is really the only other Safety worth looking at. Punishing tackler, plays tight and fast. Some pro scouts say Smith needs to drastically cut down on his face mask penalties.
30. San Francisco 49ers - A.J Jenkins
I was really rather disappointed with the Niner’s selection here, mainly for the fact that if they truly wanted a wide receiver, the talent drops pretty quickly after Blackmon, Floyd, and even Kendall Wright. Jenkins does have very good hands and is smart when it comes to finding soft spots in zone coverage, but was ultimately buried in many scout’s wide receiver boards.
31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Doug Martin
I had a feeling that the Packers would possibly address the position and shoot for Martin, but instead the Buccs passed on Trent Richardson and picked up a very elusive back at the end of the draft. Martin needs to be elusive for lack of elite speed. Not a very good blocker, but has good hands in short yardage situations.
32. New York Giants - David Wilson
Elusive and strong, a very well rounded back. Wilson is a stronger runner on the inside, but still has notable speed when he breaks away. Not a bad pick to close out a fast but crazy first round with the defending Super Bowl Champions.