13. Las Vegas Raiders: JC Latham, OT, Alabama
The Raiders are another team that might not spend their top pick on a quarterback. Latham struggled against Michigan, but his tape is littered with dominance in both run and pass pro. Vegas can put to rest the demons of the Alex Leatherwood selection here.
14. New Orleans Saints: Taliese Fuaga, OT, Oregon State
If you look up "nasty" in the dictionary, there would be a picture of Fuaga. A mauling run blocker who has seen his stock shoot up during his final season with the Beavers, Fuaga going to New Orleans will help them make another earnest run at a division title with Derek Carr.
15. Indianapolis Colts: Kool-Aid McKinstry, CB, Alabama
Kool-Aid isn't the Top 10 lock that he was earlier in the season, but he is still the best cornerback in this class. McKinstry's athleticism and ability to cover ground in zone will influence Chris Ballard and an Indianapolis team that has valued traits above production in the past.
16. Seattle Seahawks: Jared Verse, EDGE, Florida State
With the lack of great linebacker depth in this draft, Seattle might use their first-rounder on a defensive lineman to pair with Boye Mafe. Verse is a premium athlete who took over at times in Tallahassee, and Pete Carroll should have a ton of fun drawing up plays to take advantage of him.
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17. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jer’Zhan Newton, IDL, Illinois
The best way for Jacksonville to help Trevor Lawrence is to build a balanced team, and that includes huge improvements in the trenches on both sides of the ball. Newton has great mobility for a lineman his size, though he hasn't sacrificed his penetration ability as a run-stuffer.
18. Cincinnati Bengals: Amarius Mims, OT, Georgia
Mims has struggled to stay healthy, and his bumps and bruises might be enough to sink his stock come April. With Joe Burrow suffering his second season-ending injury in four years, the Bengals need to finally get the tackle situation settled once and for all.