17. Pittsburgh Steelers: Barkevious Mingo, DE/OLB, LSU
This selection right here is a total steal. The Pittsburgh Steelers need help in the pass-rush department and Barkevious Mingo is arguably one of this year’s top pass-rushers.
18. Dallas Cowboys: Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina
For the Dallas Cowboys, it all starts at their offensive line. Dallas needs to find stability in the interior part of their offensive line—and if they don’t, then Tony Romo and this offense will continue to have protection issues this upcoming season.
19. New York Giants: D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama
With William Beatty set to hit free agency, the New York Giants need to find some help at offensive tackle. Protection was an issue for Eli Manning and the Giants a year ago, and by adding the Alabama product D.J. Fluker, he should make an impact in 2013.
20. Chicago Bears: Manti Te’o, LB, Notre Dame
Manti Te’o is probably the most publicized college athlete that we’ve seen in quite some while however putting that all aside, he’s still a very talented linebacker prospect. With Brian Urlacher and Nick Roach both free agents, Te’o seems like a good fit in Chicago.
21. Cincinnati Bengals: Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia
With Manny Lawson set to become a free agent, the Bengals will have to look at add depth at the linebacker position. With that being said, drafting the best available linebacker seems like the logical idea.
22. St. Louis Rams: Keenan Allen, WR, California
With arguably the best wide receiver still available, it only makes sense to draft him and pair him with Sam Bradford.
23. Minnesota Vikings: Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri
One of Minnesota’s biggest needs this offseason is addressing defensive tackle—as Letroy Guion simply didn’t get the job done this past season. By drafting the best available defensive tackle, the Vikings will put themselves in a good position heading into 2013.
24. Indianapolis Colts: Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
Not one of Indy’s cornerbacks were reliable this past season aside from Vontae Davis. With that being said, drafting Washington’s Desmond Trufant should bolster this team’s secondary.
25. Seattle Seahawks: DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson
It is what it is: Russell Wilson needs a legitimate No. 1 wide receiver. As of right now, DeAndre Hopkins is the best available and has the potential to be a solid No. 2 wide receiver.
26. Green Bay Packers: Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama
This selection almost makes too much sense. The Packers desperately need a running back and Eddie Lacy is a well-rounded back that should compliment Aaron Rodgers very well in Green Bay’s offense.
27. Houston Texans: Quinton Patton, WR, Louisana Tech
With Andre Johnson turning 32, the Houston Texans need to find some help to start opposite of Johnson. With that being said, Quinton Patton should fit nicely in Houston’s aerial attack and will benefit lining up opposite of one of the NFL’s elite wide receivers.
28. Denver Broncos: Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida
This pick is an absolute steal for the Denver Broncos. Denver needs a defensive tackle and Sharrif Floyd is arguably top 15 talent—need I say more?
29. New England Patriots: Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia
If Wes Welker does not end up being a New England Patriot in 2013—then what better replacement than Tavon Austin? The Patriots haven’t had a wide receiver with the speed like Austin in recent memory, and he would certainly add a whole new dimension to New England’s passing attack.
30. Atlanta Falcons: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
It’s up in the air on whether or not Tony Gonzalez will return in 2013 which means that the Atlanta Falcons should look to add some talent at the tight end position. Either way, Gonzalez’s days are numbered and Eifert would be slotted in as the team’s tight end of the future.
31. San Francisco 49ers: Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU
At this point for the 49ers, it’s all about adding value. San Francisco is a complete football team and are just a few pieces short of winning it all. Adding a guy like Ezekiel Ansah could be that missing piece—you never know.
32. Baltimore Ravens: Robert Woods, WR, USC
If Anquan Boldin does end up being a cap casualty, which will be potentially devastating to Baltimore’s passing game, then drafting the best available wide receiver would be the right idea for the reigning Super Bowl champions.