No. 28: Los Angeles Chargers – Chris Lindstrom, OT, Boston College
Versatile Chris Lindstrom has attributes of both a guard and tackle at the next level. Size-wise he may project more as a guard in the NFL, but his quick feet may allow him to stay at tackle in the pros. Either way, the Los Angeles Chargers get a pretty good player to help protect veteran quarterback Philip Rivers.
No. 27: Oakland Raiders – Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson
Jon Gruden and the Oakland Raiders continue to stockpile talent, and Dexter Lawrence is a highly rated space eater in the defensive interior. Some mock drafts have Lawrence being selected higher, but in reality his upside as a pro will be somewhat limited. Nonetheless, the Sliver and Black get a defensive starter, who’ll contribute right away.
No. 26: Indianapolis Colts – DeAndre Baker, CB, Georgia
Colts are stacked, so there might be a temptation to grab a wideout. But defense wins championships, so Chris Ballard selects an average size cornerback (5-11, 183 lbs.) who played at a high-level in the SEC. He’ll contribute immediately.
No. 25: Philadelphia Eagles – Jerry Tillery, DT, Notre Dame
Howie Roseman remains one of the best roster construction guys in the NFL, and if Jerry Tillery remains on the board, the Eagles should certainly scoop him up. What may work in the Birds favor are the sheer number of teams in front of them looking for offensive line help, so some stellar defensive prospects could drop. Jeffrey Simmons may be an option as well, if his torn ACL scares teams away. Either way, expect the Eagles to get a value pick.