17. Pittsburgh Steelers: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
I have Cordarrelle Patterson listed as the 11th best player in this year’s class and with the Steelers sitting at 17th overall, this is quite the snag. With Pittsburgh losing Mike Wallace via free agency this offseason, the team will now need to bolster their wide receiver corps in order to compete in the AFC North.
18. Dallas Cowboys: Kenny Vaccaro, FS, Texas
The best available safety in this year’s draft: Kenny Vaccaro. There is no question that Vaccaro is the best available player at this point of the draft and the Dallas Cowboys should have no problem drafting him as he’ll add an Eric Weddle-like presence to their secondary.
19. New York Giants: Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State
All Giants fans should be excited about this selection as Bjoern Werner has top 10 talent and potential. Werner is a well-rounded defensive end that can most certainly get after the passer but still is able to play the run fairly well.
20. Chicago Bears: Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia
You might feel that this is quite the stretch for the Bears considering his recent DUI arrest and his suspension earlier last season, but there’s no considering that Alec Ogletree can play. He’ll bring plenty of athleticism to Chicago’s defense in upcoming years.
21. Cincinnati Bengals: Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M
This is nothing more than a value pick for the Bengals. Damontre Moore is considered first-round talent and should bring plenty of speed and strength to an already fierce defensive line in Cincinnati.
22. St. Louis Rams (via Washington Redskins): Jonathan Cyprien, SS, FIU
I really like this pick for the St. Louis Rams. The Rams need a strong safety more than anything at this point of the draft and sitting at 22nd overall, Jonathan Cyprien is the best available.
23. Minnesota Vikings: Keenan Allen, WR, California
It’s pretty clear that the Vikings are looking to upgrade their passing attack entering 2013 with the likes of signing Greg Jennings—but it’s not going to stop there. Keenan Allen is one of the top wide receivers in this year’s draft and he’ll just be yet another weapon in Christian Ponder’s arsenal.
24. Indianapolis Colts: Datone Jones, DE, UCLA
Exit Dwight Freeney; Enter Datone Jones. The transition from Freeney to Jones should be seamless for the Indianapolis Colts as Jones as the potential to be a very productive defensive end for many years to come.
25. Minnesota Vikings (Via Seattle Seahawks): Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri
This is an absolute steal for the Minnesota Vikings. Despite being 6’3″ and weighing nearly 300 lbs., Sheldon Richardson is extremely quick off of the snap and should be an upgrade over Letroy Guion.
26. Green Bay Packers: Matt Elam, SS, Florida
As the Green By Packers moved on without Charles Woodson, it’s time to add some depth to their secondary by bringing in Florida’s Matt Elam. Elam is a very physical safety that has a true nose for the ball with his amazing football instinct He should be a perfect fit for the Packers.
27. Houston Texans: Robert Woods, WR, USC
The Texans need to find someone to play opposite of Andre Johnson—he can’t keep going it all on his own. With that being said, Robert Woods is a wise decision at this point for Houston.
28. Denver Broncos: Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State
It’s time for Denver to bolster their defensive line as their interior defensive line simply wasn’t all that spectacular a year ago. Johnathan Hankins is a very intriguing prospect out of Ohio State and has some similarities to Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Brandon Mebane.
29. New England Patriots: DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson
I am in the school of thought that Bill Belichick addresses needs in bulk and as the team is restructuring their wide receiver corps, it leads me to believe that the Patriots will look at some wide receiver help in the draft. DeAndre Hopkins is incredibly athletic as he has top tier body control and has a reliable pair of hands—he has the potential to make a solid impact during his rookie season.
30. Atlanta Falcons: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
Tony Gonzalez might be returning for yet another go-around with the Falcons, but it’s time that Atlanta starts to look forward into the future—Tony Eifert should be that guy.
31. San Francisco 49ers: Eric Reid, FS, LSU
The 49ers are my very early Super Bowl favorites as they simply don’t have too many needs at this point. With that being said, the 49ers need to add some depth in their secondary and at this point, Eric Reid out of LSU is the best available player.
32. Baltimore Ravens: Kevin Minter, LB, LSU
It’s time to find Ray Lewis’ replacement. Granted, Manti Te’o is still available but I find him to be a rather risky draft pick. With that being said, LSU’s Kevin Minter is probably the safest bet here for the Ravens.