25. Minnesota Vikings: CB, A.J. Terrell, Clemson
With Trae Waynes and Mackensie Alexander set to hit free agency, the Minnesota Vikings have some work to do in the secondary. With the No. 25 overall pick, the Vikings select Clemson standout cornerback A.J. Terrell, filling an immediate need on their defense.
Don’t let his performance from the 2019 championship game scare you off, as A.J. Terrell has all the tools to be a Pro Bowl caliber cornerback. Starting with his length and speed, and his ability to mirror and match in coverage, this is a guy who excels in press man coverage.
26. Miami Dolphins: RB, D’Andre Swift, Georgia
When Ryan Fitzpatrick leads the team in rushing, you know there is a major problem with your run game. Having already drafted a quarterback and left tackle, now it’s time to fix that issue with the run game.
D’Andre Swift is the guy to do that. Swift is the latest of a string Georgia running backs to find his way to the NFL. He is a decisive, one-cut runner who can also be a threat in the passing game, and this Miami offense is in desperate need of playmakers.
27. Seattle Seahawks: DE, K’Lavon Chaisson, LSU
With the likelihood that Jadeveon Clowney could walk in free agency, the Seattle Seahawks need to shore up the pass rush. They do so by selecting a pure first-round talent at pick No. 27, picking the dynamic K’Lavon Chaisson from LSU this late in round one.
Chaisson is a pass rushing specialist, who plays his best football in the biggest of circumstances. Four and a half of his sacks came in the final four games of the season, which included the SEC championship game and the College Football Playoff, so when the season is on the line, he can be counted on.
28. Baltimore Ravens: LB, Zack Baun,Wisconsin
With Mark Ingram turning 31, I think the Baltimore Ravens could go with a running back here, but in the end, they have needs at edge rusher and linebacker. With the No. 28 overall selection, they add Wisconsin linebacker Zack Baun, who can fill both void immediately.
Baun is a twitchy guy in the mold of a Clay Matthews or Anthony Barr, and should have an instant impact at the NFL level. During his time at Wisconsin, he became one of college football’s premiere pass rushers with 12.5 sacks and 19.5 tackles for loss.