2013 Mock Draft: Picks 17-32
17. Dallas Cowboys
Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan* (SCOUTING NOTES)
Lewan isn’t going to wow you in any one area of his game, but he is solid from top to bottom and any team needing a solid presence at tackle won’t need to look any further. The Cowboys could certainly improve their protection.
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
Keenan Allen, WR, California*
Allen is a very talented receiver that over-shadowed NEPD favorite Marvin Jones last year at California. Look for him to compete with Robert Woods as the top draft eligible receiver in the nation.
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
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.
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 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. 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
Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee
Depth at the receiver spot is starting to thin out for Green Bay. Hunter is a big target that can get down the field and create mis-matches. Add him to an already talented team picking at the end of the first round and you have a great fit.
27. Baltimore Ravens
Tony Jefferson, S, Oklahoma* (SCOUTING NOTES)
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)
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. 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.