Kyle’s 2013 NFL Mock Draft: Rd 1 Picks 17-32

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17. Pittsburgh Steelers- OLB Demontre Moore, Texas A&M

-The Steelers need to replace James Harrison, and Moore gives them an edge rusher who can do just that. He might just be a situational pass rusher as a rookie, but should really help their pass rush.

18. Dallas Cowboys- WR Keenan Allen, Cal

-A bit of an odd pick, but the Cowboys lack a third receiver and it wouldn’t be shocking if this is Miles Austin‘s last year in Dallas given his bloated contract.

19. New York Giants- DT Sheldon Richardson, Missouri

-The Giants might have more pressing needs, but Richardson makes some sense for them. They have solid DT options, but they really lack a guy who can push the pocket and get after the quarterback. That is Richardson’s specialty and he could really shine in a rotational role where he focuses on rushing the quarterback.

20. Chicago Bears- ILB Alec Ogletree, Georgia

-The Bears have to replace Urlacher, and Ogletree is the best ILB in this class. He’s good in coverage and should be able to help cover the athletic TE’s in the NFC North.

21. Cincinnati Bengals- S Matt Elam, Florida

-Safety is a big need for the Bengals and Elam gives them nice value as well as a guy who can start right away.

22. St. Louis Rams (via Washington)- S Jonathan Cyprien, Florida International

-One of the Rams biggest weaknesses is safety, and Cyprien looks to be a really special player. He’s got big upside and should help contribute day one.

23. Minnesota Vikings- CB Desmond Trufant, Washington

-The Vikings released Antoine Winfield and could use a young replacement. Trufant has big upside, and though he’s a bit undisciplined should offer good value at this pick.

24. Indianapolis Colts- CB Xavier Rhodes, FSU

-Colts could go a number of different ways, but Rhodes is an intriguing guy for them. He’s got elite potential and could be the guy to match-up against some of the bigger receivers in the league.

25. Minnesota Vikings (via Seattle)- WR Robert Woods, USC

-Vikings need to add another receiver and Robert Woods is one of the more NFL ready receivers in this draft class. He may lack elite speed, but has really nice hands and should be valuable weapon for Ponder.

26. Green Bay Packers- OT D.J. Fluker, Alabama

-The Packers line is a bit shaky right now, LT is very much up in the air and Green Bay could look to move Brian Bulaga over, and draft Fluker as his replacement.

27. Houston Texans- WR DeAndre Hopkins, Clemson

-The Texans have to add a receiver with this pick. For too long they’ve ignored the position opposite Andre Johnson and it’s comeback to bite them when they face off versus better defenses. Hopkins is a big sure-handed target who should quickly become a weapon in this offense.

28. Denver Broncos- ILB Kevin Minter, LSU

-ILB is a huge need for the Broncos. Minter should develop into a very good starter and will likely be able to make an impact as a rookie.

29. New England Patriots- WR Cordarrell Patterson, Tennessee

-This is a good fit for both Patterson and the Patriots. New England needs a dynamic weapon who can stretch the field and make plays in the open field. Patterson is a raw receiver who could use a situation where he isn’t the number 1 receiver and he has a top level QB.

30. Atlanta Falcons- DE Alex Okafor, Texas

-Falcons should keep bolstering the pass rush, and Okafor is a nice fit with this pick.

31. San Francisco 49ers- TE Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame

-The chance to run two TE sets with Vernon Davis and Tyler Eifert is too much to pass up here.

32. Baltimore Ravens- ILB Manti Te’o, Notre Dame

-The Ravens lost both of their starting ILB’s and have yet to replace them. Te’o will start that process.