Originally posted on The Last Angry Fan  |  Last updated 4/14/13
With a mere 12 days until the 2013 NFL draft, it seems as if every person with an inkling of interest in football has come out with their own version of a mock draft, and we here at Last Angry Fan are no different. And why should we be? Mock drafts are fun, interesting, thought provoking, and a great way for readers to deride me for my ridiculous picks and lack of football knowledge. Enjoy. 17. Pittsburgh Steelers: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee While it helps the Steelers offense immensely to resign receiver Emmanuel Sanders, the receiving corps still needs help since losing speedy Mike Wallace to the Dolphins. Patterson is big and freakishly athletic with serious explosiveness, but is still raw and will need some developing under Mike Tomlin’s staff. 18. Dallas Cowboys: Kenny Vaccaro, SS, Texas While the Cowboys need help with their interior offensive line, “America’s Team” also is weak at the safety position, so taking Vaccaro, the consensus top rated safety in the draft, seems like a match made in heaven for Jerry Jones. Vacccaro is a nice blend of strength and athleticism, who should be able to start immediately in Monte Kiffin’s defense. 19. New York Giants: Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State If there’s one absolute in the NFL draft, it’s that the Giants will pick the best available defensive end at their spot, and this year will be no different. With Osi Umenyiora gone via free agency to the Falcons, the 6-foot-3, 266 pound Werner fills a definite need, and is adept at playing strong side defensive end in the 4-3, or OLB in a 3-4 scheme. 20. Chicago Bears: Alec Ogletree, ILB, Georgia Off field issues will raise some red flags for the Georgia standout, but he should fit right in with the Bears linebacking corps in place of the departed Brian Urlacher, although Ogletree may end up as the weakside LB, with D.J. Williams taking Urlacher’s vacated spot in the middle. Ogletree has amazing speed and athleticism, but may need to bulk up his frame a bit. 21. Cincinnati Bengals: D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama With the Andre Smith situation still unsettled, expect the Bengals to take Fluker, whose skill set rivals Smith’s, for their possibly vacant right tackle spot. The massive Fluker excelled at the position for Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide in the tough SEC as a 3-year starter, thanks to his size, power and tenacity. 22. St. Louis Rams: Matt Elam, FS/SS, Florida The Rams are a mess at the safety position, and could go with any number of players with this pick, but Elam gets the nod due to his physicality and penchant for making big plays, despite lacking in size for the safety position. High energy guy who excels when lining up in the box as a strong safety, or when his number is called on blitzes. 23. Minnesota Vikings: Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina The Vikings are thin at defensive tackle, and even though long time starter Kevin Williams is still performing well, he is 33 and is presumably on the downside of his career. Williams impressed scouts with his athleticism, flexibility and balance, and will succeed as the newest member of Minnesota’s vaunted “Williams Wall.” 24. Indianapolis Colts: Datone Jones, DE, UCLA The Colts were one of the more active teams in this offseason, seemingly upgrading every position of need, but they know that depth, especially on the defensive line, is important. Jones will give them a versatile pass rusher in the same mold, and with a similar skill set as soon-to-be teammate Cory Redding. 25. Minnesota Vikings: Manti Te’o, ILB, Notre Dame Despite the crazy fake dead girlfriend stuff, and his lousy showing at the combine, there’s no denying that Te’o was an exceptional linebacker for Notre Dame. The Vikes have a need at middle linebacker, and providing they’re able to look past all the garbage and see Manti’s leadership, consistency, instincts and intelligence, will have themselves a Day 1 starter on the defense. 26. Green Bay Packers: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame Even though Jermichael Finley is staying with the Packers for one more season, his drops and lack of chemistry with QB Aaron Rodgers are an area of concern for the team. Eifert is the top TE prospect in a deep draft at the position, who possesses good hands and is terrific at running routes. Needs some work on his blocking though. 27. Houston Texans: DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson The Texans will finally get a productive wideout to complement star WR Andre Johnson. Hopkins has great hands and enough speed to stretch the field vertically, and has drawn comparisons to Falcons standout Roddy White, which is high praise indeed. 28. Denver Broncos: Tank Carradine, DE, Florida State With Elvis Dumervil gone to the Ravens, Denver has a pressing need at defensive end. Although Carradine is coming off surgery for a torn ACL, an injury suffered this past November, reports say his recovery is ahead of schedule. When healthy he’s a force, and would form a nice one-two punch with Von Miller on the Broncos defense. 29. New England Patriots: Kawann Short, DT, Purdue Yes the Patriots need a receiver, but Bill Belichick rarely takes one in the 1st round, and secondary depth can be added in the second round. Vince Wilfork and Tommy Kelly are stout in the middle of New England’s D-line, but both are over 30 and it’s assumed their skills will decline sooner than later. The All-Big Ten player has surprising athleticism and good upper body strength, but needs to work on his consistency. 30. Atlanta Falcons: Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington Dunta Robinson and Brent Grimes are both gone, which means that the cornerback position needs addressing by Atlanta. Trufant has the bloodlines (brother Marcus plays for the Seahawks), speed, agility and athleticism that will translate well to the pro game. 31. San Francisco 49ers: Jonathan Cyprien, FS, Florida International Cyprien has been generating a ton of buzz recently, and with the loss of Dashon Goldson, seems like a perfect fit for the 49ers. Has the speed to cover slot receivers and tight ends, plus is strong against the run, and is easily one of the hardest hitting safeties in the draft. 32. Baltimore Ravens: Kevin Minter, ILB, LSU Several drafts have Minter linked to the Super Bowl champs as a replacement for the retired Ray Lewis. The LSU product is stout against the run and a solid tackler, but has issues moving laterally and in coverage. Would be able to learn on the fly in Baltimore’s experienced defense. The post Presenting Last Angry Fan’s 2013 NFL Mock Draft (picks 17-32) appeared first on Last Angry Fan.
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