2013 NFL Mock Draft: Round 1 – Picks 17-32

Last update: Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013. Major changes in all 4 rounds.
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  1. Pittsburgh Steelers: Manti Te’o, ILB, Notre Dame
    I think this is a good spot for Manti Te’o. He was brutal in the national championship, but that shouldn’t erase all of his other great tape. He’s still the favorite to be the first inside linebacker off the board, and the 16-25 range seems right for him. Besides, this is the type of move the Steelers normally make. They often are able to snag talented prospects who fall to them later in the first round for whatever reason.

    The Steelers have shown interest in first-round inside linebackers. They wanted Dont’a Hightower last April, but David DeCastro was just too good to pass up at No. 24 overall. Pittsburgh still has to find an inside linebacker because Larry Foote was awful this year. He finished near the top of dubious rankings like missed tackles and touchdowns allowed by players at his position.

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  2. Dallas Cowboys: Sam Montgomery, DE, LSU
    The Cowboys hired Monte Kiffin and are moving to a 4-3 defense. Anthony Spencer said he would love to play the defensive end position across from DeMarcus Ware, but that’s probably not going to happen because Dallas doesn’t have the cap space to re-sign him. If Spencer does leave, Dallas may use this selection to find a new complement for Ware. Sam Montgomery makes a ton of sense at this spot.

    Pick change; previously Johnathan Jenkins, NT

  3. New York Giants: Dion Jordan, DE/OLB, Oregon
    Giant fans know that general manager Jerry Reese loves drafting pass-rushers. With Osi Umenyiora entering free agency this March and Justin Tuck having a down year, Reese may select a defensive end at the end of the first round.

    Dion Jordan would be a top-10 selection this April, but he suffered a torn labrum. I feel like the Giants’ front office is smart enough to end his slide.

    Pick change; previously Alex Okafor, DE/OLB

  4. Chicago Bears: Alec Ogletree, ILB, Georgia
    It’s sad to see the Brian Urlacher era come to an end. Urlacher will be a free agent in March, but he was playing poorly anyway. The Bears will have to find a replacement this offseason – perhaps in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft. They’ll probably be interested in Alec Ogletree, who has been tremendous for Georgia this season. Ogletree is arguably the top prospect available.



  5. Cincinnati Bengals: Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas
    The Bengals had a big need at safety, but they didn’t address the position until the fifth round this past April. They’ll put more effort into finding an upgrade the following offseason because they won’t survive with Reggie Nelson and the benched Taylor Mays (or cornerback Nate Clements, an impending free agent who was playing out of position) as their starters.

    Pick change; previously Sam Montgomery, DE

  6. St. Louis Rams: Keenan Allen, WR, California
    I don’t think the Rams will necessarily be targeting a receiver in the first round because they’re still developing Brian Quick, but they will absolutely consider Keenan Allen if he’s available at No. 22 because he’s arguably the top player available. It’s pretty obvious that Jeff Fisher needs to find receiving help for Sam Bradford.

    Pick change; previously Kenny Vaccaro, S

  7. Minnesota Vikings: Johnathan Jenkins, NT, Georgia
    The Vikings can address one of their biggest needs with arguably the best player available. Defensive tackle is a big issue right now; Kevin Williams will turn 33 in August, and there’s no one of note playing next to him. Letroy Guion is a decent rotational guy but should not be a starter.

    Pick change; previously Keenan Allen, WR

  8. Indianapolis Colts: Jonathan Cooper, G/C, North Carolina
    If you’ve watched the Colts at all in the final couple of weeks to close out the season, you know that their offensive line must be upgraded because Andrew Luck constantly had defenders in his face. The weakest of Luck’s blockers is right guard Mike McGlynn, who was guilty of four sacks in the final four games.

    Jonathan Cooper, who can play all three interior positions, would be a massive upgrade over anyone Indianapolis has at guard or center.



  9. Seattle Seahawks: Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor
    The Seahawks’ receiving corps really needs to be upgraded. Sidney Rice is constantly laboring through injuries and has struggled to get any sort of separation for most of the season. Golden Tate, meanwhile, is way too inconsistent, though he’s been better lately. Russell Wilson keeps improving every week, so Pete Carroll needs to bolster his wideout corps.

    This is a bit high for Terrance Williams, but the Seahawks don’t fear taking anyone who is deemed a reach. Pete Carroll will likely fall in love with Williams’ size and straight-line speed.

  10. Green Bay Packers: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
    Jermichael Finley will be due close to $8 million in 2013, and Packer fans should be happy about that because Finley is one of the most overrated players in the NFL. He’s terribly inconsistent and doesn’t appear as though he’ll ever live up to expectations.

  11. Houston Texans: Kevin Minter, ILB, LSU
    There’s a ton of uncertainty at inside linebacker for Houston. Brian Cushing is coming off a torn ACL, Bradie James is an impending free agent who isn’t very good, while neither Tim Dobbins nor Darryl Sharpton is worthy of starting.

  12. Denver Broncos: Bennie Logan, DT, LSU
    The Broncos spent a second-rounder this past April on Derek Wolfe, but he’s playing defensive end and moving inside on nickel situations. That’s why Denver still needs a ton of help at defensive tackle. Justin Bannan and Kevin Vickerson, the starters there this past season, will be free agents this March.



  13. Baltimore Ravens: Matt Elam, S, Florida
    Jason La Canfora recently reported that some of Ed Reed’s teammates believe that he won’t be back with the Ravens next year. Reed’s an impending free agent, so he may move on with Ray Lewis also leaving. If that happens, Baltimore will obviously be looking for a new safety this offseason.

    Pick change; previously Cordarrelle Patterson, WR

  14. San Francisco 49ers: Alex Okafor, DE/OLB, Texas
    The 49ers have a fantastic defense, but they have a serious lack of depth at rush linebacker. With so few needs, they can afford to take the best player available to address that problem.

    Pick change; previously Matt Elam, S

  15. New England Patriots: Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia
    It’s amazing that New England’s offense has been this incredible considering that Deion Branch was playing two-thirds of the snaps every game prior to being released. Imagine how explosive the Patriots would be if they added a legitimate threat opposite Brandon Lloyd. They also have to think about a possible future without Wes Welker, who will be a free agent this offseason. New England has shown that it doesn’t value Welker as much, so another team could offer him way more money.

  16. Atlanta Falcons: Kawann Short, DT, Purdue
    The Falcons have multiple problems they have to address on their defensive line – a unit that struggles to both generate pressure and stop the run. One issue is at defensive tackle next to Jonathan Babineaux. Former first-rounder Peria Jerry hasn’t been able to stay healthy, while Corey Peters wasn’t any good either.



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