17. Pittsburgh Steelers: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
This seems to be a popular pick for the Steelers as they desperately need a wide receiver. With Mike Wallace leaving via free agency and signing with the Miami Dolphins, the Steelers need to find a replacement on the depth chart—Patterson has the potential to be that guy.
18. Dallas Cowboys: Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU
It seems like that the Dallas Cowboys will draft the best available player when it’s come to draft. With Ezekiel Ansah projected to go closer to No. 10 overall rather than closer to No. 20 overall, this selection is a value pick for the Cowboys.
19. New York Giants: Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State
Bjoern Werner has the potential to compliment Jason Pierre-Paul. However, Werner might not be as athletic as Pierre Paul—as J.P.P. is such a freak of nature—but he’s a well-rounded defensive end that’s solid at sacking the quarterback as well as being stout against the run.
20. Chicago Bears: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
Jay Cutler needs another weapon—plain and weapon. Considering that Brandon Marshall is an elite wide receiver, but simply cant’ do it all on his own, adding a tight end should compliment very nicely with Marshall on the outside.
21. Cincinnati Bengals: Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
This year’s draft is rather deep with cornerbacks which indicates if you draft a cornerback at No. 21, you might be drafting a prospect that has the potential to be an top tier player. In this case, that’s exactly what the Cincinnati Bengals are getting by selection Washington’s Desmond Trufant.
22. St. Louis Rams (via WAS): Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama
Goodbye Steven Jackson and hello Eddie Lacy. It will be the start of a new era at running back for the St. Louis Rams in 2013.
23. Minnesota Vikings: Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia
Alec Ogletree is quite the versatile player as he can not only play on the inside but on the outside as well at the linebacker position. Out of a pure athletic standpoint, Ogletree is ranks at the top out of this year’s class—the Vikings should have no problem drafting the former Georgia Bulldog.
24. Indianapolis Colts: Datone Jones, DE, UCLA
There’s no question that the Indianapolis Colts need to find a replacement for Dwight Freeney and Datone Jones should be that guy. Out of all the defensive linemen available, Jones appears to have some of the most NFL-ready skills as well as having an NFL-ready frame—he should be a first-year impact kind of player.
25. Minnesota Vikings (via SEA): Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina
With Minnesota already bolstering their defense with the selection of Alec Ogletree, drafting yet another defensive player would be a wise decision for the Vikings. Sylvester Williams is arguably one of the most underrated defensive tackles available in the first round.
26. Green Bay Packers: DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson
This might come off of as little bit of a shocker for Packers fans, but the team did lose wide receiver Greg Jennings and they need to find a replacement. Having said that, DeAndre Hopkins is one of the top wide receiver prospects that this class has to offer and should fit in very nicely with Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay’s high-flying passing attack.
27. Houston Texans: D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama
The Houston Texans need an upgrade at right guard as Derek Newton simply isn’t getting the job done. With D.J. Fluker still on the board, he adds a lot of value to this selection for Houston.
28. Denver Broncos: Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State
I have a feeling that the Broncos would trade out of this pick considering the way that the board is going. However, if Denver does choose to stay at No. 28 overall then selecting Mississippi State’s Johnthan Banks should add some much needed depth to their secondary.
29. New England Patriots: Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee
Justin Hunter is a raw talent. However, Hunter stands in at 6’4″ and runs a sub 4.5 forty, he should be quite the addition to New England’s reconstructed wide receiver corps.
30. Atlanta Falcons: Jamar Taylor, CB, Boise State
Jamar Taylor is a pretty well-rounded cornerback as he plays well in both man and zone coverage. The Falcons need a cornerback and this pick should be an easy decision for Thomas Dimitroff.
31. San Francisco 49ers: Eric Reid, FS, LSU
One of San Francisco’s biggest needs is free safety. With LSU’s Eric Reid being available at this point of the draft, he should fit nicely in the 49ers’ defense.
32. Baltimore Ravens: Manti Te’o, ILB, Notre Dame
Putting aside all of the publicity that is surround Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o, he is still one impressive inside linebacker prospect. With Ray Lewis retiring, the Ravens need to fill the hole that’s in the middle of their defense.