|Final 2013 NFL Mock Draft (Picks 17-32): Kevin Hanson|
|Updated: Thursday, April 25, 2013 (12:00 AM ET)|
17. Pittsburgh Steelers (draft history) - Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State|
Although he has good cover skills as well, Rhodes has great size (6-1, 217 pounds) for a cornerback and plays the position with physicality. One of the questions about Rhodes was his top-end speed, but he answered critics' concerns by running an official 4.43 forty at the combine.
The Steelers added William Gay but lost starter Keenan Lewis via free agency and could be in the market for a cornerback early in the draft.
18. Dallas Cowboys (draft history) - Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas
Along with interior offensive line and defensive line, safety is the team's biggest need to fill via the draft.
Vaccaro has great size (6-1, 218) and good athleticism and the flexibility to play either free or strong safety. He led the Longhorns in tackles (96) and should be the first safety off the board.
19. New York Giants (draft history) - Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
In a league where tight ends are valued more than ever, it's certainly possible that Eifert is off the board at this spot.
Eifert, the winner of the John Mackey award, is the school's all-time leader in receptions (130) for a tight end and had 40 receptions for a team-high 555 yards last year. Eleven of his 40 receptions were for 20-plus yards.
The Giants added Brandon Myers via free agency, but they only signed him to a one-year deal.
20. Chicago Bears (draft history) - D.J. Hayden, CB, Houston
I could easily see the Bears going with a linebacker here as well, but cornerback could become a position of need in the very near future. Both starters, Tim Jennings and Charles "Peanut" Tillman, are scheduled to become unrestricted free agents after the 2013 season.
Hayden is one of the top cornerbacks in this year's draft class, although he had a scary injury last season (tore the inferior vena cava) after a collision with a teammate in November. The team's physician described the procedure to repair it as being "much like a heart transplant."
In 22 career games, Hayden had six interceptions, three of which he returned for scores. In 2011, he led the team in passes broken up (11) and forced fumbles (five).
21. Cincinnati Bengals (draft history) - Johnathan Cyprien, S, Florida International
Not only did Cyprien, the No. 2 safety prospect in my rankings, lead the Golden Panthers in interceptions (four) and tackles (93), but he generated plenty of buzz during the week of the Senior Bowl.
Former Browns GM Phil Savage said of Cyprien: "I watched him over the summer based off last year. I loved his tackling, his explosiveness. He just had a football temperament that jumped off the tape. ... Beneath the service, he's one of the more talked-about players here at the Senior Bowl.''
22. (Via WAS) St. Louis Rams (draft history) - Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia
Certainly not the biggest inside linebacker, Olgetree, who began his collegiate career as a safety, is an explosive athlete.
After serving a four-game suspension to start the year, Ogletree still led the team in tackles (111). In fact, he had double-digit tackles in every game played except for two last season. In addition, he had 11.5 tackles for loss and three sacks.
With a recent DUI to go along with two suspensions (failed drug test and misdemeanor theft charge), the Bengals get a player that otherwise might not have been available at this spot.
23. Minnesota Vikings (draft history) - Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina
Williams generated positive buzz through the draft process and may not make it to the Vikings. Last year, he had 13.5 tackles for loss, which ranked third on UNC and sixth in the ACC. In addition, he finished second on the team with six sacks, which ties him for eighth in the conference.
24. Indianapolis Colts (draft history) - Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
After giving up their second-round pick in last year's draft, the Colts acquired cornerback Vontae Davis. They added the starter opposite Davis in free agency this offseason by signing Greg Toler, but Davis is scheduled to become a free agent in 2014.
The younger brother of Marcus, Trufant had a strong week of practice in Mobile and really helped his draft stock. Like Rhodes, the biggest worry was his long speed and he ran an impressive 4.38 forty at the combine to put those concerns to rest.
25. (Via SEA) Minnesota Vikings (draft history) - Manti Te'o, LB, Notre Dame
The Vikings need to find a replacement for Jasper Brinkley, who signed a free-agent deal with the Cardinals.
While Manziel won the Heisman Trophy, Te'o finished a close second and an argument could be made that he should have won it. Meanwhile, he won numerous awards including the Maxwell Award and Walter Camp Award, which are national player of the year awards himself.
As an insider linebacker, Te'o had his third consecutive season with 100-plus tackles, but he was also tied for second in the country in interceptions (seven) for the Fighting Irish, who played (and lost to) Alabama in the BCS National Championship Game.
Te'o had his worst game of the season against the Crimson Tide. Unfortunately, that coincided with his final game and against his toughest competition. While that performance certainly didn't help his draft stock, Te'o may not slip too much further than this point, especially after running better at Notre Dame's pro day than at the combine.
26. Green Bay Packers (draft history) - Menelik Watson, OT, Florida State
Over the past three years, franchise quarterback Aaron Rodgers has won a Super Bowl and has a league-leading cumulative passer rating of 110.7 with 112 touchdowns and 25 interceptions during that span. Unfortunately, he also leads the league in a stat the Packers organization would prefer he not to lead: most times sacked (118).
Watson actually came to the US (from England) on a college basketball scholarship and played at a JUCO before transferring to Florida State. Although he is a bit raw, Watson has been clocked at 4.7 in the 40-yard dash, according to his profile page on the Seminoles website. (At the combine, however, he just ran a 5.29.)
27. Houston Texans (draft history) - Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
Fortunately for the Texans, Andre Johnson stayed healthy for a full season and had a great year. With him turning 32 this offseason and considering his recent injury history plus the team's lack of talent opposite him, drafting a receiver and heir apparent would make sense here. Then again, it made sense last year as well.
As a JUCO transfer, Patterson (6-2, 205) finished with 46 receptions for 778 yards and five touchdowns and was a first-team All-SEC selection in his first year at Tennessee. In addition, he set a school record with 1,858 all-purpose yards. Patterson has some (ok, a lot) work to do on his route running, but he is extremely dangerous with the ball in the open field.
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28. Denver Broncos (draft history) - Jamar Taylor, CB, Boise State
Champ Bailey will turn 35 years old this offseason. Although the Broncos signed Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie via free agency, they signed him only to a one-year deal.
Taylor led Boise State with four interceptions and is a good and willing tackler in run support. He possesses a good combination of strength (22 reps at 225) and athleticism (sub-4.4 forty).
*** Projected Trade: Jaguars send their second-round pick (33rd overall) and fifth-round pick (135th overall) in this year's draft plus their sixth-round pick in 2014. ***
29. Jacksonville Jaguars (draft history) - Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
For more than one quarterback to be selected in the first round, it's likely that one of the quarterback-needy teams will trade back into the bottom of Round 1. There is no team likely to be more willing to trade down than the Patriots.
Not only is it something they have typically done, they have only four picks in the entire draft with no picks on Day 3 until Round 7.
With Smith slipping all the way to end of Round 1, the Jaguars pounce on an opportunity to upgrade themselves at quarterback.
Through the first five games of the season last year, Smith played the quarterback position as well as it could possibly be played and was essentially mistake-free. Leading the Mountaineers to a 5-0 start, Smith threw for just shy of 400 yards per game, 24 touchdowns and no interceptions.
After that point, however, the Mountaineers lost five of their final eight games although they won their last two of their last three games. During that span, Smith threw 18 touchdowns and six interceptions.
30. Atlanta Falcons (draft history) - Tank Carradine, DE, Florida State
The Falcons released Ray Edwards midseason and John Abraham after the season and added Osi Umyeniora this offseason. With five cornerbacks and Tyler Eifert off the board, it makes sense to take a high-upside pass-rusher like Carradine here.
Carradine's season ended prematurely with a torn ACL in November. If it weren't for the injury, Carradine would have been a potential (high) first-round pick in April. Despite missing a total of three games in 2012, he finished with 11 sacks and a team-high 80 tackles.
31. San Francisco 49ers (draft history) - Margus Hunt, DE, SMU
Hunt (6-8, 280 pounds, 82-inch wingspan) came to the US (SMU) to train with SMU's track coach Dave Wollman. The Estonian won the gold medals in the shot put and discus at the 2006 World Junior Championships in Beijing.
The Eastern Block is a physical freak as he ran a 4.6 forty while benching 225 pounds 38 times at the combine.
Although still a bit raw, Hunt has blocked a total of 14 kicks in his career and led the Mustangs in sacks (8.0) and was second in tackles for loss (11.5) last season.
32. Baltimore Ravens (draft history) - Matt Elam, S, Florida
Not only is Elam a hard-hitting safety that ranked second on the team behind defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd in tackles for loss (10.0), but he also led the Gators in interceptions (four).
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