17. Pittsburgh Steelers
DJ Fluker, OT, Alabama (SCOUTING NOTES)
Fluker has shown a ton of improvement over his time at Alabama. A team like Pittsburgh that can use a solid, mauling tackle that can play either side will love Fluker.
18. Dallas Cowboys
Matt Barkley, QB, USC (SCOUTING REPORT)
Each win that Tony Romo racks up this December makes this pick more likely, but Jerry Jones might get impatient with Romo and Garrett if they fail to make the playoffs again. Barkley has the accuracy and experience to come in and play on day one.
19. New York Giants
Barkevious Mingo, DE/OLB, LSU* (SCOUTING REPORT)
New York can’t pass up good pass rushers. Mingo has a lightning first step, but will need to add bulk to be more than a rush specialist. Mingo could be a steal if he continues to develop.
20. Chicago Bears
Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
Seriously Chicago, blocking is good for you. Fisher is an under the radar prospect that has excelled protecting the quarterback for the Chippewas. This might be a bit high for him, but his skills are the real deal.
21. Minnesota Vikings
Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia (SCOUTING REPORT)
If Percy Harvin is on the way out, they need a replacement. 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.
22. 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.
23. St. Louis Rams (via WAS)
Sam Montgomery, DE/OLB, LSU* (SCOUTING NOTES)
Featuring a lightning-quick first step and the frame to add a few pounds, Montgomery is one of the most electric pass-rush prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft. Put him opposite Robert Quinn and watch out.
24. Seattle Seahawks
Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon (SCOUTING NOTES)
Dion Jordan has one of the biggest upsides in the 2013 NFL Draft. He is really just starting to understand how to play on defense, although his physical skills have allowed him to excel already.
25. Indianapolis Colts
Barrett Jones, OL, Alabama (SCOUTING NOTES)
Andrew Luck needs to find his own Jeff Saturday. Jones can play across the entire offensive line, but I want him making the calls at center.
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, the best safety of all time, might be nearing the end of his career. Tony Jefferson has the instincts, hitting ability and athletic ability to try and fill his shoes.
28. New England Patriots
Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU (SCOUTING REPORT)
“Ziggy” Ansah is quite possibly the closest thing to Jason Pierre-Paul in the 2013 NFL Draft. He has only played three years of football but his freak athleticism has allowed him to impact the game from the DT, DE and OLB position. Rushing from the edge or from the inside like Jermaine Cunningham, the versatile BYU prospect would give Belichick even more options on defense. Ansah’s best football is in front of him.
29. 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.
30. San Francisco 49ers
Kenny Vaccaro, CB/S, Texas (SCOUTING REPORT)
Vaccaro, a favorite defensive back of mine for a long time now, is known for 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.
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.