17. Dallas Cowboys
Matt Barkley, QB, USC (SCOUTING REPORT)
If Jerry Jones decides to move on from Jason Garrett, Tony Romo, or both, look for a quarterback to be the pick here. Matt Barkley didn’t have a fantastic senior season by any means, but he is an accurate passer than can execute a pro offense. Being a senior prospect with a ton of experience might be enough to keep him in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft.
18. Tampa Bay Bucs
Jarvis Jones, DE/OLB, Georgia (SCOUTING REPORT)
Jones makes a load of plays, but isn’t great against the run and his spinal stenosis is going to scare off some teams. The Bucs have shown the guts to take chances on players like Jones.
19. Minnesota Vikings
Barkevious Mingo, DE/OLB, LSU* (SCOUTING REPORT)
Mingo has a quick first step, but will need to add bulk to be more than a rush specialist. Mingo could be the Bruce Irvin of the 2013 NFL Draft if he can shine at the NFL combine.
20. Cincinnati Bengals
Jonathan Jenkins, DT, Georgia (SCOUTING NOTES)
Jenkins moves like a man 100 pounds lighter than the 320+ that he is. Plug him in to a defensive line (4-3 or 3-4) and he will be a stalwart for a decade.
21. Seattle Seahawks
Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU (SCOUTING NOTES)
“Ziggy” Ansah is one of the most intriguing prospects in the 2013 NFL Draft. His production has been inconsistent, but he does things on the football field that will amaze you. He can play all over the defensive line – put him across from or inside of Bruce Irvin and watch out.
22. Pittsburgh Steelers
DJ Fluker, OT, Alabama (SCOUTING NOTES)
Fluker has really come on late in the year, dominating his two toughest opponents (LSU and Georgia). A team like Pittsburgh desperate for a physical blocker should come calling late in the first round.
23. Indianapolis Colts
Barrett Jones, OL, Alabama (SCOUTING NOTES)
Andrew Luck needs his Jeff Saturday. Jones is a technically sound lineman that pretty much play any position on the line. He will be a good addition to pretty much any NFL team.
24. New York Giants
Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon (SCOUTING NOTES)
New York collects pass rushers. Dion Jordan is a long athlete that is just scraping the surface of his ability. After some coaching, I can see him becoming a problem for NFC East offenses.
25. Denver Broncos
Robert Woods, WR, USC* (SCOUTING REPORT)
Peyton Manning needs a savvy receiver. Woods just knows how to get open, especially in the red zone. A dynamic receiving threat at USC, Woods has flashed that he is ready to make an impact in 2013 as a rookie.
26. Green Bay Packers
C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama* (SCOUTING NOTES)
Mosley is the type of versatile linebacker that can fit in nearly any scheme. He can play inside and out and will help in the run game as well as coverage.
27. Baltimore Ravens
Tony Jefferson, S, Oklahoma* (SCOUTING REPORT)
Ed Reed is seemingly indestructible, but eventually the Ravens will have to replace the legend. Jefferson is a ball-hawking safety that can play on all three levels.
28. Chicago Bears
Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
Seriously Chicago, protect Jay Cutler. Fisher is an under the radar prospect that has excelled protecting the quarterback for the Chippewas. He will surprise many a casual NFL Draft fan by being selected in the first fifty picks.
29. San Francisco 49ers
Kenny Vaccaro, CB/S, Texas (SCOUTING REPORT)
Vaccaro was one of my favorite defensive players in 2011 and 2012 – shutting down slot receivers, blitzing the quarterback and helping against the run. He is also a special teams wizard and can cover a deep half when called upon.
30. New England Patriots
Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia (SCOUTING REPORT)
With two dynamic safeties off the board, the Patriots might look to the offensive side of the ball. Until either Wes Welker or Julian Edelman is re-signed, slot receiver is the #1 priority in New England – the offense can’t run without one and Austin has the requisite skills. Austin is an electric threat that has to be accounted for in the slot. He has excellent speed and is an absolute terror once he has the ball in his hands – after the catch, from a handoff, or on a kick return.
31. Atlanta Falcons
Jonathan Cooper, OL, North Carolina (SCOUTING NOTES)
The Falcons don’t have any glaring needs, so they can take the best player available here. Cooper had the talent to come out as a junior last year, but with another year of seasoning, he has really developed into a top-notch interior lineman.
32. Houston Texans
Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame (SCOUTING NOTES)
Houston is a solid team and can afford a luxury pick here. Eifert is a walking matchup problem. He has incredibly strong hands and has a knack for getting open. He will be a weapon in the NFL.