11. New Orleans Saints – Solomon Thomas, Defensive Lineman Stanford

Drew Brees puts up impressive numbers year after year, only to end up going 7-9 due to a lackluster defense. While the Saints’ secondary will most likely benefit next year from the return of Delvin Breaux, they will likely pursue an edge defender to line up on the other side of Cameron Jordan. Thomas’ stock shot up in the past month due to impressive performances in the Sun Bowl and the Rose Bowl and will give opposing offensive lines another threat to defend against.

12. Cleveland Browns – Marshon Lattimore, Cornerback Ohio State

The Browns really need safety help going into next season, but I have already mocked both Malik Hooker and Jamal Adams earlier in this draft. That being said, the Browns could also afford to draft a cornerback. I would not be surprised if the Browns traded starting cornerback Joe Haden due to his injury history, recent lackluster performance, and his large cap hit. If they do decide to move on from Haden, they would need someone to start along with Jamar Taylor and Briean Boddy-Calhoun. The Browns could choose anyone from this extremely talented cornerback pool, but I will go with Lattimore here.

13. Arizona Cardinals – Marlon Humphrey, Cornerback Alabama

The Cardinals also surprised many by going 7-8-1 the season after making it to the NFC Championship Game last year. While their defense as a whole gave up the second-fewest yards in the league, according to Pro-Football-Reference.com, they are likely looking for another cornerback to pair across from Patrick Peterson. Humphrey is considered to be one of the top cornerback prospects and will likely be an improvement over Marcus Cooper.

14. Indianapolis Colts – Takkarist McKinley, Edge Defender UCLA

The Colts need a better defense to pair with Andrew Luck if they want to win back the AFC South, and they especially need more edge defenders to pair with the aging Trent Cole and Erik Walden now that Robert Mathis has retired. While Derek Barnett is arguably a better prospect than McKinley, McKinley is a better fit at outside linebacker in the Colts’ 3-4 scheme.

15. Philadelphia Eagles (from Minnesota Vikings) – Corey Davis, Wide Receiver Western Michigan

Carson Wentz surprised everyone with a strong rookie season, despite slowing down in the second half of the year. He will need more quality receivers to go with Jordan Matthews, as Nelson Agholor and Dorial Green-Beckham simply aren’t quality starters. Davis is one of the top receiver prospects in this class, and his ability to play on the outside could allow Matthews to move back into the slot, where he is more comfortable.

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My name is William LaFiandra, and I’m a college student attending the College of the Holy Cross. I’m a big fan of the New England Patriots but also follow any NFL related news. I’ve always enjoyed both writing and sports, so I figured I’d give sports journalism a try. I particularly like analyzing and reading about NFL contracts, rosters, strategies, free agency, and the draft.
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