The Broncos starting defensive tackles from a year ago (Justin Bannan, Kevin Vickerson) are both free agents and depth on the interior line must be addressed. Short doesn't play with the consistency to make him a higher selection, but he has a wide base and stays light on his feet for a 310-pounder.
29. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS -- DESMOND TRUFANT, CB, WASHINGTON
The Patriots need to stop the bleeding in the secondary by adding more depth on the outside at cornerback. Trufant still needs some technique work, but he has the quickness, hips and experience that will be enticing to New England with this pick.
30. ATLANTA FALCONS -- CORNELLIUS CARRADINE, DE, FLORIDA STATE
While Tony Gonzalez's retirement decision could determine whether the Falcons look at tight end here, Atlanta needs to upgrade the defensive end position. While his November ACL tear is worrisome, Carradine might be worth the chance with this pick as long as his recovery process stays on track.
31. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS -- JOHNTHAN BANKS, CB, MISSISSIPPI STATE
San Francisco has one of the best defenses in the league, but some of their weaknesses in coverage were exposed in the 2012 NFL Playoffs. Banks is a tall, ballhawking corner with the potential to contribute early and often.
32. BALTIMORE RAVENS -- KEVIN MINTER, ILB, LSU
The Ravens are World Champions, but they also have needs all over their defense, including at middle linebacker where Ray Lewis leaves a gaping hole. Minter will never be the fastest athlete on the field, but he plays smart, alert football with a nose for the ball in the run game.