2013 NFL Mock Draft: Midseason Projections for the First 3 Rounds

Danny FlynnSenior Analyst INovember 2, 2012

2013 NFL Mock Draft: Midseason Projections for the First 3 Rounds

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    We've now officially reached the halfway point of the NFL regular season. For the past eight weeks we've been able to diagnose and analyze the strengths and weaknesses of all 32 teams. 

    Now that we've got a good feel for what each team's biggest need is, it's time to begin thinking about which collegiate standouts each franchise could potentially target in the 2013 NFL draft next April. 

    Unlike last year, there is no surefire star No. 1 overall pick like Andrew Luck in the 2013 draft class. However, college football is still filled with plenty of intriguing prospects who have the chance to develop into impact players at the next level. 

    Here's a look at my midseason projections for the first three rounds of the 2013 NFL draft. 

1. Cleveland Browns: QB Geno Smith

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    There will likely be a completely revamped front office in Cleveland once this season ends and new owner Jimmy Haslam takes full control of the team. It's a group that likely won't be banking on 29-year-old rookie Brandon Weeden to be the franchise quarterback for the future. 

    Weeden has not shown anything in the first half of his rookie season that would make Haslam believe that he's the savior who is going to revive this franchise. 

    If the Browns fall flat in the second half of the season and earn the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 draft, there's no doubt that Cleveland should pick a real franchise quarterback next April.

    That pick should be West Virginia's Geno Smith, the most complete quarterback in college football. 

    Although his critics may say he's just a product of Dana Holgorsen's Air Raid system, if you've actually watched the strong-armed senior play this year, then you know that's certainly not the case. 

    Smith has shown that he has the arm strength, accuracy, pocket awareness, defensive recognition skills, intangibles and overall leadership ability to be a star at the NFL level. 

    Yes, his jaw-dropping passing numbers may be inflated, but if you've watched him play, then you know that Smith's truly the real deal. If he can rebound and lead West Virginia to some big wins in the final month of the season, Smith should solidify his status as the top quarterback prospect in the 2013 draft class and the favorite to be the No. 1 overall pick. 

2. Kansas City Chiefs: ILB Manti Te’o

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    If Kansas City doesn't end up with the No. 1 pick and doesn't get a shot at Geno Smith, it will be interesting to see if the Chiefs choose to take Matt Barkley or if they'll wait until the early second round to take their starting signal-caller of the future. 

    If they choose to wait, they'd be wise to spend their first-round selection on a player who can come in and help out a run defense that's allowing 4.6 yards per carry this season. 

    One top defensive prospect that could come in and instantly solidify the team's run defense is Notre Dame LB Manti Te'o. 

    Te'o has been the most impressive defensive player in college football so far this season, racking up 80 tackles, including 39 solo stops. He's been the centerpiece of a defense that currently ranks ninth in the country in rush defense. 

    The 6'2'', 255-pound senior is a big, fierce and intimidating run-stopping animal who would be the undisputed leader of Kansas City's defense for years to come. 

3. Jacksonville Jaguars: OLB Jarvis Jones

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    Jacksonville ranks dead last in the NFL with just seven total sacks at this point in the season.

    Obviously, the Jaguars need a difference-maker in the defensive front-seven who has a proven ability to get to the quarterback. Luckily, if they end up with a top-five pick in 2013, they might have a shot at the most explosive edge-rusher in the 2013 draft class, Georgia LB Jarvis Jones. 

    Jones has caused plenty of havoc and chaos in the SEC after he transferred from USC to Georgia following his freshman year. The 6'3'', 241-pound junior has totaled 22 sacks, 33.5 tackles for loss, 35 quarterback hurries and forced seven fumbles during his 20 games in a Bulldogs uniform. 

    While he may be better suited for a rush linebacker role in a 3-4 defensive scheme than a true outside linebacker in a 4-3 system, Jacksonville would surely be able to figure out how to fit Jones into its defense. 

    Kyle Bosworth and Russell Allen are two of the worst starting outside linebackers in the NFL right now, and Jones would be an immediate upgrade over either of them. 

4. Carolina Panthers: DT Johnathan Hankins

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    Carolina lacks an intimidating presence in the middle of its defense right now. All the Panthers really have at defensive tackle is Dwan Edwards and Ron Edwards, who are both on the wrong side of 30. 

    Since the team will likely end up with a top-10 pick in the 2013 draft, there's a good chance that Carolina could have a shot at landing the top defensive tackle available, Ohio State's Johnathan Hankins. 

    Hankins is a powerful, explosive and agile big man, who has shown that he can shed blocks and make key stops behind the line of scrimmage. 

    The 6'3'', 322-pound junior has the potential to be a Vince Wilfork-type of impact player in the NFL if he reaches his full potential in the pros. 

5. Oakland Raiders: DE Bjoern Werner

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    Oakland has notched just 10 sacks in seven games this season, which is the third lowest total in the NFL. The Raiders clearly could use some fresh blood to come in and resuscitate their flatlining pass rush. That's why the team could spend its 2013 first-round draft pick on a top defensive end.

    Florida State's Bjoern Werner is the type of young edge-rusher who would immediately bolster Oakland's subpar defensive line. 

    Werner has been one of the most dominant defenders in college football this season, racking up eight sacks and 12.5 tackles for loss and breaking up five passes.

    The 6'4'', 260-pound junior may still be raw and unrefined, but he has the chance to develop into a Jared Allen-J.J. Watt hybrid at the NFL level. 

6. St. Louis Rams: OT Luke Joeckel

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    St. Louis has to spend one of its first two first-round draft picks on an offensive lineman. The Rams have given up 23 sacks and 45 quarterback hits this season, and their line grades out as one of the worst in the league. 

    There are holes to fill at every position up front, but it starts at tackle, where the team needs to find a reliable protector for quarterback Sam Bradford

    If the top tackle in the 2013 draft class, Texas A&M's Luke Joeckel, is available when St. Louis is picking, he would be almost impossible to pass up. 

    Since arriving in College Station as a heralded high-school recruit out of Arlington, Texas, Joeckel has started every game during his college career and developed into the leader in the trenches for the Aggies. 

    The 6'6'', 310-pound junior is a complete offensive tackle prospect who belongs in the same conversation as previous highly touted franchise tackle prospects such as Jake Long and Joe Thomas. 

7. New Orleans Saints: DT Star Lotulelei

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    New Orleans currently ranks 31st in the NFL in rush defense, giving up an average of 170 yards on the ground per game. The Saints could certainly use some more beef in the middle of their defense, and they may look to pick up a big, strong defensive tackle early on in the 2013 draft. 

    Utah's Star Lotulelei is the type of monster run-stuffer that could definitely help fix some of the defense's problems in the interior. Lotulelei is a 6'4'', 320-pound senior who shares many of the same physical traits as another Tongan tackle, Baltimore's Haloti Ngata. 

    New Orleans could desperately use a tackle that can clog up the middle of the field, and Lotulelei excels at doing just that. He's one of the best run-stuffing defensive tackle prospects of the last decade, and he's worthy of a top-10 draft pick. 

8. Buffalo Bills: DE Damontre Moore

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    The Bills shelled out big bucks to land DE Mario Williams, hoping that he would come in and strengthen their defensive front-seven. But so far, Williams has not come close to showing that he's worth all the money they paid him. 

    Buffalo has the worst run defense in the NFL, and the team's pass rush is still lacking. 

    Adding a young, explosive defensive end across from Williams would certainly help, seeing as how Chris Kelsay is a borderline starter at best. 

    Texas A&M's Damontre Moore is the type of tenacious, powerful and athletic edge-rusher who would be a perfect complement to Williams. 

    Moore has put together another huge campaign in 2012 after moving from outside linebacker to 4-3 defensive end before the start of the season. The 6'4'', 255-pound junior has racked up 65 total tackles, including an SEC-leading 10.5 sacks and 18 tackles for loss. 

9. Tennessee Titans: OG Chance Warmack

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    It's very rare to see an offensive guard picked in the top 10. However, we haven't seen many guard prospects in recent years that can compare to Alabama's Chance Warmack. 

    Warmack is a powerful run-blocker who has opened up some huge holes for backs like Mark Ingram, Trent Richardson and now Eddie Lacy and T.J. Yeldon. 

    One team that could definitely use services of the 6'3'', 320-pound senior is the Tennessee Titans. 

    Tennessee's rushing attack has been anemic so far this season. The Titans rank 25th in the NFL in rushing offense, averaging just 91 yards on the ground per game. 

    Struggling star running back Chris Johnson could definitely use a big powerhouse like Warmack to open up some bigger holes for him. 

10. Arizona Cardinals: OT Taylor Lewan

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    Arizona's offensive line has been a disaster this season. The Cardinals lead the league with 39 sacks allowed, and they rank last in the NFL in rushing offense, averaging just 3.5 yards per carry. 

    If the team doesn't have a shot at Geno Smith in the first round, the Cardinals will definitely have to consider taking the top offensive lineman that's left on the board when they're picking. 

    Michigan OT Taylor Lewan would be a perfect solution for Arizona's problems. Lewan is a tough, beastly lineman who can overwhelm opposing defenders with his size and strength. 

    The 6'8'', 309-pound junior should develop into a linchpin and leader of an NFL offensive line just like former Wolverine tackle Jake Long did down in Miami. 

11. New York Jets: DE/OLB Barkevious Mingo

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    The Jets decided to pick DE Quinton Coples with its first pick of the 2012 draft, even though one of their most obvious needs was at outside linebacker. The Jets have racked up just 12 sacks so far this season, and it's become quite apparent that the team has to finally address their rush linebacker position early in the 2013 draft. 

    LSU's Barkevious Mingo looks like he could potentially be the top 3-4 rush linebacker prospect in the 2013 draft class. 

    Mingo has not been nearly as productive in 2012 as many were expecting after his breakout sophomore campaign, in which he totaled eight sacks and 15 tackles for loss. However, his rare athletic gifts are still good enough to get him drafted in the top 15 if he decides to declare. 

    The 6'5'', 240-pound junior has the perfect physical makeup and skill set to excel as an outside edge-rusher in a 3-4 system like the one Rex Ryan runs. 

12. Philadelphia Eagles: QB Matt Barkley

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    The Andy Reid-Michael Vick era in Philadelphia may soon come to an end if the Eagles aren't able to turn things around after a 3-4 start and make it into the playoffs.

    If the team decides to finally make the move to sit Vick and Nick Foles doesn't perform well, Philadelphia could turn to the 2013 draft to find its quarterback of the future. 

    Before the season started, no one would have thought that the Eagles would have a chance at USC QB Matt Barkley. But now, it's starting to look like a very realistic possibility.

    Barkley entered the 2012 season with sky-high expectations to live up to as the favorite to be the No. 1 overall draft pick and the front-runner to win the Heisman Trophy. However, he hasn't come close to living up to his preseason hype.

    Still, the senior signal-caller does have the physical tools and leadership qualities to become a stabilizing force for a franchise like Philadelphia. It will be interesting to see what the Eagles will do if they have the chance to actually land Barkley next April.

13. Tampa Bay Bucs: DE Dion Jordan

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    Tampa Bay has a few different areas that it could choose to address with its first-round pick in 2013. However, given the abundance of talented pass-rushers that will likely be available, the Bucs might be wise to draft a defensive end with their first pick. 

    The team has racked up just 11 sacks this season, which is the fourth lowest total in the NFL. Adrian Clayborn and Da'Quan Bowers are both intriguing young pass-rushers, but both have durability concerns, especially Bowers, who plummeted in the 2011 draft due to fears that his body wouldn't be able to hold up for the long haul in the pros.

    If a potential star pass-rusher like Oregon's Dion Jordan is available when Tampa Bay is picking, he might just be too hard to pass up. 

    Jordan is a big, highly athletic former tight end who really came into his own last season, when he racked up 7.5 sacks and 13.5 tackles for loss, and he's been even better in 2012. 

    The 6'7'', 243-pound senior still has to get stronger and add some more bulk to his frame, but he's clearly got the potential to develop into a dangerous edge-rusher at the NFL level. 

14. Miami Dolphins: WR Terrance Williams

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    Miami looks like it's found its quarterback of the future with rookie Ryan Tannehill. However, if the Dolphins truly want to get the most out of Tannehill in the years to come, they're going to have to find him a real go-to receiving target. 

    Baylor's Terrance Williams could be just the receiver that Tannehill needs. 

    This year, Williams has had no trouble assuming the No. 1 receiving role for the Bears offense following the departure of Kendall Wright, who was the 20th overall pick of the 2012 draft. 

    The 6'2'', 205-pound senior has caught 60 passes for 1,203 yards (20.1 yards per catch average) and hauled in nine touchdowns this season. 

    Williams has the type of size, speed and playmaking ability to develop into a dynamic receiving threat at the NFL level, and he would provide a young quarterback like Tannehill a terrific target to rely on. 

15. Minnesota Vikings: DT Sheldon Richardson

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    Minnesota could look in a few different directions in the first round of the 2013 draft, as the Vikings have needs at wide receiver, defensive tackle and cornerback. 

    Since DT Kevin Williams is 32 years old and starting on the downside of his career, it might be wise to find a young defensive tackle to groom as his eventual replacement. 

    One defensive tackle prospect that would be a perfect fit for Minnesota's defense is Missouri's Sheldon Richardson. 

    Richardson is one of the most athletic defensive lineman in college football. The former highly touted JUCO recruit has put together a tremendous performance in 2012, racking up 57 tackles, including 32 solo stops, 7.5 tackles for loss, four sacks and two forced fumbles. 

    The 6'4'', 295-pound junior is an explosive penetrator who is capable of causing plenty of damage in the interior. 

16. St. Louis Rams (From Washington): FS Eric Reid

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    The Rams did a tremendous job of bolstering their defensive backfield by adding cornerbacks Cortland Finnegan, Janoris Jenkins and Trumaine Johnson this offseason. However, the fact is, St. Louis still has one of the weakest safety units in the NFL. 

    No matter how many talented corners the team has on the roster, the secondary still is only as strong as its weakest link. That's why the Rams have to consider selecting the premier safety prospect in the 2013 draft class, LSU's Eric Reid, if he's available, with one of their two first-round picks. 

    Reid is one of the most athletic and instinctive safeties that we've seen in the college game in years. He belongs in the same conversation with other recent SEC star safeties Mark Barron and Eric Berry. 

    The 6'2'', 211-pound junior should emerge as a valuable playmaker in an NFL defensive backfield as soon as he enters the league. 

17. Indianapolis Colts: WR Robert Woods

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    Rookie QB Andrew Luck appears destined for stardom in the NFL. However, if the Colts really want to get the most out of Luck, they have to make sure they surround him with the proper pieces. That starts with finding him a reliable No. 1 receiving weapon. 

    Reggie Wayne will be around for two more years, but he's about to turn 34 in a few weeks. It would be wise for Indianapolis to find a young receiver whom Wayne can tutor and groom to eventually take over as the go-to target in the passing game. 

    USC's Robert Woods shares many similar physical traits to Wayne, and he should end up having a similar type of highly productive career in the NFL. 

    Woods may never become a truly elite receiver in the pros, but he's a solid, reliable and productive pass-catcher who would provide Luck with the weapon he needs to really shred defenses for the next decade. 

18. Dallas Cowboys: OT Jake Matthews

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    For some reason, Jerry Jones felt compelled to give right tackle Doug Free a four-year, $32 million contract. Unfortunately, Free has been one of the worst offensive tackles in the league this season. 

    Moving Free inside to guard and finding a young right tackle to pair with 2011 first-round pick Tyron Smith has to be a strategy that the Cowboys consider this offseason. 

    If they do that, they could turn to the 2013 draft to find that tackle, and they wouldn't be able to find a much better one than Texas A&M's Jake Matthews. 

    Matthews, the son of former NFL great Bruce Matthews, has been a standout right tackle for the Aggies since entering the starting lineup midway through his freshman year.

    The 6'5'', 305-pound junior would be an absolutely huge upgrade over the struggling Free. 

19. Detroit Lions: CB Dee Milliner

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    Detroit does not currently have a true No. 1 corner on its defense, which means the Lions will likely be looking to select one of the top corner prospects available in the 2013 draft.

    They won't be able to find a better corner than Alabama's Dee Milliner. 

    This may be Milliner's first year as a full-time starter, but the former 5-star high school recruit has certainly made the most of the opportunity to prove himself in 2012.

    The 6'1'', 199-pound junior has shown impressive coverage awareness and ball skills, as he's picked off two passes and broken up another 13 throws. 

    Milliner has the kind of top-notch talent to come in and instantly solidify Detroit's secondary. 

20. Cincinnati Bengals: DE Sam Montgomery

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    Cincinnati's defense has had no trouble pressuring opposing passers this season. The Bengals are currently tied for third in the NFL with 23 total sacks. 

    On the surface, it wouldn't seem like it's necessary for a team that's racked up 23 sacks in seven games to select a pass-rusher in Round 1. However, you have to take into account that Michael Johnson, who has six of those sacks, and Robert Geathers will both be free agents after the season. 

    If the Bengals lose both of those defensive ends, they could definitely look to add one of the many top pass-rushers that will be available in the first round in 2013. 

    LSU's Sam Montgomery would be a great fit for the Bengals defense. 

    Montgomery may not be a truly elite athlete like other top defensive ends in the 2013 class such as his teammate Barkevious Mingo or Oregon's Dion Jordan. However, he makes up for it with his aggressive style of play and his nonstop motor. 

21. San Diego Chargers: WR Keenan Allen

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    San Diego has gone from having the sixth most productive passing attack last year to having the 21st ranked passing offense this season. The Chargers are averaging just 217 yards through the air per game. 

    Obviously, QB Philip Rivers' lack of consistency has been a big reason for the drop-off, but it also doesn't help that Rivers lacks a real receiving weapon who can instill fear in an opposing secondary. 

    The team tried to replace Vincent Jackson with Robert Meachem, but Meachem's been a bust so far, catching just 12 passes. 

    Keenan Allen, who plays up the coast at Cal, is the type of young potential star receiver who would help solve a lot of the team's passing problems. 

    Allen is a highly athletic and fluid 6'3'', 205-pound junior who has the speed, hands, leaping ability and overall playmaking instincts to cause plenty of matchup nightmares for opposing defensive backs. 

22. Seattle Seahawks: LB C.J. Mosley

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    Seattle has two solid young linebackers, Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright, that will be great assets to the defense for the foreseeable future. However, the Seahawks will likely be looking for another outside linebacker in the 2013 draft, as this will probably be weak side linebacker Leroy Hill's final year with the team. 

    One versatile linebacker who would be a great addition to the defense and really round out the linebacker corps is Alabama's C.J. Mosley. 

    Mosley mans the inside 'backer position for the Tide's 3-4 defense, but he may ultimately be a better fit on the outside in a 4-3 defense in the NFL, because of his size, speed and coverage ability.  

    The 6'2'', 232-pound junior has stepped up and become a true leader for Alabama's defense this season. Mosley currently leads the team with 65 tackles, including 39 solo stops and 2.5 sacks, and he's also forced three turnovers. 

23. Pittsburgh Steelers: CB David Amerson

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    Pittsburgh's front office can't be happy about the fact that it owes struggling cornerback Ike Taylor $20 million over the next two seasons. 

    After a terrible performance against Denver in last year's playoffs, Taylor has just not been able to recover in 2012. The 10-year veteran has failed to provide the consistency in coverage that the Steelers need from their supposed top cornerback. 

    If Taylor doesn't show signs of improvement in the second half of the season, the team will likely turn to the 2013 draft to find a young starting-caliber cornerback. 

    While they may not have a shot at the top prospect at the position, Alabama's Dee Milliner, the Steelers may be able to land the second best corner in the 2013 class, N.C. State's David Amerson. 

    Before the season started, Amerson was being touted as the best corner in the country and a future top-10 draft pick due to his sensational sophomore campaign, in which he picked off 13 passes. However, he hasn't lived up to his billing in 2012. 

    Still, even though the 6'3'', 194-pound junior has been underwhelming this season, Amerson still has the type of size, athleticism, ball skills and coverage ability to develop into a Nnamdi Asomugha-type of corner in the NFL. 

24. New York Giants: OT Eric Fisher

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    It's been surprising to see how successful the Giants offense has been in recent years, seeing as how they've had one of the weakest offensive tackle tandems in the league. This season, Will Beatty and Sean Locklear have both been serviceable, but neither has been all that impressive. 

    David Diehl is returning from injury this week and taking over for Locklear, but Diehl is 32 years old and better suited to be a guard than a tackle. 

    New York hasn't drafted an offensive lineman in the first round since 1999, when it selected Luke Petitgout. But it may finally be time to bring in a truly top-notch young tackle to groom for the future. 

    Central Michigan's Eric Fisher is the type of big, physical lineman who would look perfect in a Giants uniform. Fisher has been one of the biggest risers since the start of the season, as he's been one of the most impressive lineman in the country in 2012. 

    The 6'8'', 305-pound senior possesses great agility for his size, and he's really developed into a well-rounded lineman during his three years as a starter for the Chippewas. 

25. Green Bay Packers: RB Giovani Bernard

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    Green Bay doesn't need a potent ground game in order to be successful. The Packers are averaging just 3.7 yards per carry, yet they still have the 10th-ranked scoring offense in the league this season. 

    Obviously, though, it certainly wouldn't hurt to add a young dynamic running back to the mix, who can be factor in both the passing game as well as the running game. 

    One top running back prospect who fits that mold is North Carolina's Giovani Bernard. 

    Bernard has been the most impressive running back in college football this season. The 5'10'', 205-pound redshirt sophomore currently leads the nation with an average of 214 all-purpose yards per game, and he's already scored 15 touchdowns in just seven games. 

    The versatile playmaker would be a great fit in the Packers offense, given his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield, and he would add a new valuable element to an already powerful attack.

26. Baltimore Ravens: ILB Arthur Brown

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    Although there's a chance he could return in 2013, there's a good possibility that we might have seen the last of injured 37-year-old LB Ray Lewis in a Baltimore uniform. If that turns out to be true, the question is, do the Ravens have a long-term replacement for the future hall-of-famer? 

    Dannell Ellerbe and Jameel McClain are both solid players, but neither is great. Plus, Ellerbe will be a free agent after this season. 

    The Ravens could look to the 2013 draft to find Lewis' successor. If they do, they won't be able to find a much better inside linebacker than Kansas State's Arthur Brown. 

    Brown has been the heart and soul of the Wildcats defense since stepping into the starting lineup last year. This season, the transfer from Miami has truly had an All-American-caliber campaign, racking up 60 tackles, including 35 solo stops. 

    The 6'1'', 231-pound senior still has to bulk up to handle the physicality of the NFL. Nevertheless, the former 5-star recruit clearly has the instincts, recognition skills, toughness and leadership ability to flourish in the middle of a defense like Baltimore's.

27. Chicago Bears: OL Barrett Jones

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    Chicago's offensive line has been one of the team's main problem areas for the past few years. The Bears selected tackle Gabe Carimi in the first round of the 2011 draft, but more help is still clearly needed. 

    The Bears would certainly benefit from adding a talented and versatile lineman such as Alabama's Barrett Jones to the offensive huddle. 

    Jones has lined up at guard, tackle and now center during his time in Tuscaloosa, and he's excelled at all three positions. 

    The defending Outland Trophy winner may not be the most physically gifted lineman prospect in the 2013 draft class. However, The 6'5'', 311-pound senior is the type of tough, physical, intelligent and fundamentally sound player who should become a stalwart starter in the trenches for the next decade. 

28. Denver Broncos: RB Andre Ellington

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    Even though 31-year-old RB Willis McGahee is still running surprisingly strong in his 10th season in the league, Denver would still be smart to search for a young running back who can eventually take the reins from McGahee and become the team's featured back of the future. 

    If the Broncos do choose to take a running back early in the 2013 draft, Clemson's Andre Ellington would be one of the most desirable candidates. 

    Ellington is a fast and explosive playmaker who has flourished since becoming the main man in the Tigers backfield at the start of the 2011 season.

    The 5'9'', 190-pound senior is averaging a whopping 5.8 yards per carry for his career, and he's displayed tremendous speed and legitimate big-play ability during his time at Clemson. 

29. Houston Texans: WR Tavon Austin

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    Houston has one of the best wide receivers in the NFL, Andre Johnson, and one of the most lethal offensive attacks in the league. However, the Texans' offense could be even more dangerous if the team added a speedy slot receiver to complement Johnson. 

    West Virginia's Tavon Austin would definitely be able to fill that role. 

    Austin may only be 5'9'' and 173 pounds, but he's a dynamic and explosive playmaker, who possesses field-stretching speed. 

    Last year, the versatile triple threat led the nation with 2,574 all-purpose yards. This season, Austin's once again been one of the most productive players in the country, as he's averaged 202 total yards per game as a receiver, a rusher and a returner. 

30. San Francisco 49ers: NT John Jenkins

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    San Francisco relies on its stout defensive front-seven for much of its success. However, the 49ers are going to have to think about adding some fresh blood up front now that players such as DE Justin Smith and NT Isaac Sopoaga are starting to age. 

    Sopoaga is 31 years old, and he's now in the final year of his contract. If San Francisco doesn't bring him back, the organization could look to the 2013 draft to find his replacement, since there will be a few intriguing nose tackles available. 

    The best 3-4 nose tackle in the class will be Georgia's monster middle man John Jenkins. 

    Jenkins is a 6'3'', 358-pound behemoth who can clog up running lanes and eat up double-teams. 

31. New England Patriots: DT Sylvester Williams

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    New England went heavy on defense in the 2012 NFL draft, choosing to spend six of its seven picks on defensive players. The Patriots bolstered their pass-rush, linebacker corps and secondary with those selections, but they failed to add a young impact player at the defensive tackle position. 

    New England may have one of the best tackles in the NFL, Vince Wilfork, right now, but Wilfork needs more help inside. That's why the Pats could look to add a defensive tackle like North Carolina's Sylvester Williams in the 2013 draft. 

    Williams has been one of the most impressive defenders in the ACC this season, racking up five sacks and 9.5 tackles for loss in 2012. 

    The 6'3'', 305-pound senior would be a perfect complement to Wilfork in the interior of New England's multifront defense. 

32. Atlanta Falcons: TE Tyler Eifert

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    Atlanta doesn't seem to have too many glaring weaknesses right now, since the Falcons are the last undefeated team in the NFL. One position that could become a huge hole this offseason, however, is tight end. 

    Tony Gonzalez, the 36-year-old future hall-of-famer, is nearing the end of his journey in the NFL, and this will likely be his last year in a Falcon uniform. Gonzalez has been a major part of Atlanta's passing attack this season, as he's caught 46 passes and four touchdowns. 

    His presence would certainly be missed if he decided to hang up the cleats, which is why the team could look to find his replacement early on in the 2013 draft. 

    It looks like Notre Dame's Tyler Eifert will be the top tight end available next April, and it would be hard for the Falcons to pass him up if he's available. 

    Eifert may not be much of a blocker. However, he's a big, speedy target, who's tough to match up with, and he could ultimately replicate everything that Gonzalez brings to the Falcons offense. 

1st Round Recap

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    1. Cleveland Browns: QB Geno Smith, West Virginia

    2. Kansas City Chiefs: ILB Manti Te’o, Notre Dame

    3. Jacksonville Jaguars: OLB Jarvis Jones, Georgia 

    4. Carolina Panthers: DT Johnathan Hankins, Ohio State

    5. Oakland Raiders: DE Bjoern Werner, Florida State

    6. St. Louis Rams: OT Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M

    7. New Orleans Saints: DT Star Lotulelei, Utah

    8. Buffalo Bills: DE Damontre Moore, Texas A&M

    9. Tennessee Titans: OG Chance Warmack, Alabama

    10. Arizona Cardinals: OT Taylor Lewan, Michigan 

    11. New York Jets: DE/LB Barkevious Mingo, LSU

    12. Philadelphia Eagles: QB Matt Barkley, USC

    13. Tampa Bay Bucs: DE Dion Jordan, Oregon

    14. Miami Dolphins: WR Terrance Williams, Baylor

    15. Minnesota Vikings: DT Sheldon Richardson, Missouri

    16. St. Louis Rams (From Washington): FS Eric Reid, LSU

    17. Indianapolis Colts: WR Robert Woods, USC

    18. Dallas Cowboys: OT Jake Matthews, Texas A&M

    19. Detroit Lions: CB Dee Milliner, Alabama

    20. Cincinnati Bengals: DE Sam Montgomery, LSU

    21. San Diego Chargers: WR Keenan Allen, California

    22. Seattle Seahawks: LB C.J. Mosley, Alabama

    23. Pittsburgh Steelers: CB David Amerson, N.C. State

    24. New York Giants: OT Eric Fisher, Central Michigan

    25. Green Bay Packers: RB Giovani Bernard, North Carolina 

    26. Baltimore Ravens: ILB Arthur Brown, Kansas State

    27. Chicago Bears: OL Barrett Jones, Alabama

    28. Denver Broncos: RB Andre Ellington, Clemson

    29. Houston Texans: WR Tavon Austin, West Virginia

    30. San Francisco 49ers: NT John Jenkins, Georgia 

    31. New England Patriots: DT Sylvester Williams, North Carolina

    32. Atlanta Falcons: TE Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame

2nd Round Projections

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    33. Cleveland Browns: (Forfeited: WR Josh Gordon

    34. Kansas City Chiefs: QB Tyler Bray, Tennessee


    35. Jacksonville Jaguars: CB Jordan Poyer, Oregon State


    36. Carolina Panthers: WR Quinton Patton, Louisiana Tech 


    37. Cincinnati Bengals (From Oakland): 
    RB Eddie Lacy, Alabama

    38. St. Louis Rams: WR Justin Hunter, Tennessee


    39. New Orleans Saints: (Forfeited: Punishment)


    40. Buffalo Bills: QB Tyler Wilson, Arkansas


    41. Tennessee Titans: DT Kawann Short, Purdue


    42. 
    Arizona Cardinals: CB Johnathan Banks, Mississippi State

    43. New York Jets: RB Le’Veon Bell, Michigan State

    44. 
    Philadelphia Eagles: CB Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State

    45. 
    Tampa Bay Bucs: OT D.J. Fluker, Alabama 

    46. 
    Miami Dolphins: SS Duke Williams, Nevada 

    47. Minnesota Vikings: QB EJ Manuel, Florida State


    48. Washington Redskins: FS Kenny Vaccaro, Texas


    49. Miami Dolphins (From Indianapolis): 
    DE Alex Okafor, Texas

    50. Dallas Cowboys: QB Collin Klein, Kansas State

    51. Detroit Lions: OLB Chase Thomas, Stanford


    52. San Diego Chargers: RB Stepfan Taylor, Stanford


    53. Cincinnati Bengals: ILB Michael Mauti, Penn State


    54. Seattle Seahawks: WR Marquess Wilson, Washington State


    55. Pittsburgh Steelers: OG Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina 


    56. New York Giants: 
    DE Michael Buchanan, Illinois

    57. Green Bay Packers: SS Shawn Williams, Georgia 

    58. Baltimore Ravens: DT/DE Sharrif Floyd, Florida


    59. Chicago Bears: OLB Khaseem Greene, Rutgers 


    60. Denver Broncos: CB Bradley Roby, Ohio State


    61. Houston Texans: NT Jesse Williams, Alabama 


    62. San Francisco 49ers: FS T.J. McDonald, USC


    63. New England Patriots: WR Cobi Hamilton, Arkansas


    64. Atlanta Falcons: 
    DE Jackson Jeffcoat, Texas

2nd Round Projections

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    33. Cleveland Browns: (Forfeited: Supplemental Draft Pick

    34. Kansas City Chiefs: QB Tyler Bray, Tennessee


    35. Jacksonville Jaguars: CB Jordan Poyer, Oregon State


    36. Carolina Panthers: WR Quinton Patton, Louisiana Tech 


    37. Cincinnati Bengals (From Oakland): 
    RB Eddie Lacy, Alabama

    38. St. Louis Rams: WR Justin Hunter, Tennessee


    39. New Orleans Saints: (Forfeited: Bounty Scandal Punishment)


    40. Buffalo Bills: QB Tyler Wilson, Arkansas


    41. Tennessee Titans: DT Kawann Short, Purdue


    42. 
    Arizona Cardinals: CB Johnathan Banks, Mississippi State

    43. New York Jets: RB Le’Veon Bell, Michigan State

    44. 
    Philadelphia Eagles: CB Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State

    45. 
    Tampa Bay Bucs: OT D.J. Fluker, Alabama 

    46. 
    Miami Dolphins: SS Duke Williams, Nevada 

    47. Minnesota Vikings: QB EJ Manuel, Florida State


    48. Washington Redskins: FS Kenny Vaccaro, Texas


    49. Miami Dolphins (From Indianapolis): 
    DE Alex Okafor, Texas

    50. Dallas Cowboys: QB Collin Klein, Kansas State

    51. Detroit Lions: OLB Chase Thomas, Stanford


    52. San Diego Chargers: RB Stepfan Taylor, Stanford


    53. Cincinnati Bengals: ILB Michael Mauti, Penn State


    54. Seattle Seahawks: WR Marquess Wilson, Washington State


    55. Pittsburgh Steelers: OG Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina 


    56. New York Giants: 
    DE Michael Buchanan, Illinois

    57. Green Bay Packers: SS Shawn Williams, Georgia 

    58. Baltimore Ravens: DT/DE Sharrif Floyd, Florida


    59. Chicago Bears: OLB Khaseem Greene, Rutgers 


    60. Denver Broncos: CB Bradley Roby, Ohio State


    61. Houston Texans: NT Jesse Williams, Alabama 


    62. San Francisco 49ers: FS T.J. McDonald, USC


    63. New England Patriots: WR Cobi Hamilton, Arkansas


    64. Atlanta Falcons: 
    DE Jackson Jeffcoat, Texas

3rd Round Projections

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    65. Cleveland Browns: TE Jake Stoneburner, Ohio State

    66. Kansas City Chiefs:  OT Oday Aboushi, Virginia


    67. Jacksonville Jaguars: RB Kenjon Barner, Oregon


    68. San Francisco 49ers (From Carolina): TE Zach Ertz, Stanford


    69. Oakland Raiders: 
    QB Zac Dysert, Miami (Ohio) 

    70. St. Louis Rams: OG Larry Warford, Kentucky

    71. New Orleans Saints: CB Leon McFadden, San Diego State


    72. Buffalo Bills: WR DeAndre Hopkins, Clemson


    73. Tennessee Titans: SS Matt Elam, Florida 


    74. 
    Arizona Cardinals: QB Landry Jones, Oklahoma

    75. New York Jets: OT Ricky Wagner, Wisconsin

    76. Philadelphia Eagles: RB Joseph Randle, Oklahoma Statee

    77. 
    Tampa Bay Bucs: CB Xavier Rhodes, Florida State

    78. 
    Miami Dolphins: OG/OT Dallas Thomas, Tennessee

    79. Washington Redskins: ILB Shayne Skov, Stanford


    80. Minnesota Vikings: WR Da’Rick Rogers, Tennessee Tech


    81. Indianapolis Colts: DE/OLB Ziggy Ansah, BYU


    82. Dallas Cowboys: RB Jawan Jamison, Rutgers


    83. Detroit Lions: OT Brian Winters, Kent State

    84. San Diego Chargers: TE Jordan Reed, Florida

    85. Cincinnati Bengals: WR Markus Wheaton, Oregon State


    86. Seattle Seahawks: DE William Gholston, Michigan State


    87. Pittsburgh Steelers: RB Montee Ball, Wisconsin


    88. New York Giants: ILB Alec Ogletree, Georgia 


    89. Green Bay Packers: TE Levine Toilolo, Stanford


    90. Baltimore Ravens: FS Zeke Motta, Notre Dame


    91. Miami Dolphins (From Chicago): TE Gavin Escobar, San Diego State


    92. Denver Broncos: DT Josh Boyd, Mississippi State


    93. Houston Texans: OT Brennan Williams, North Carolina 


    94. San Francisco 49ers: DE Margus Hunt, SMU


    95. New England Patriots: SS Robert Lester, Alabama 


    96. Atlanta Falcons: OC Khaled Holmes, USC

The Top 15 Quarterback Prospects

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    1. Geno Smith, West Virginia — Senior

    2. 
    Matt Barkley, USC — Senior

    3. Tyler Bray, Tennessee — Junior 

    4. 
    Tyler Wilson, Arkansas — Senior

    5. EJ Manuel, Florida State — Senior 


    6. Collin Klein, Kansas State — Senior


    7. 
    Zac Dysert, Miami (Ohio) — Senior

    8. Landry Jones, Oklahoma — Senior

    9. Aaron Murray, Georgia — Junior


    10. 
    Matt Scott, Arizona — Senior

    11. A.J. McCarron, Alabama — Junior

    12. Tajh Boyd, Clemson — Junior

    13. 
    Mike Glennon, N.C. State — Senior

    14. Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech — Junior

    15. Brad Sorensen, Southern Utah — Senior 

The Top 15 Running Back Prospects

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    1. Giovani Bernard, North Carolina — Redshirt Sophomore

    2. Andre Ellington, Clemson — Senior

    3. Eddie Lacy, Alabama — Junior

    4. Le’Veon Bell, Michigan State — Junior

    5. Stepfan Taylor, Stanford — Senior

    6. Kenjon Barner, Oregon — Senior 

    7. Joseph Randle, Oklahoma State — Junior

    8. Jawan Jamison, Rutgers — Redshirt Sophomore

    9. Montee Ball, Wisconsin — Senior

    10. Mike Gillislee, Florida — Senior

    11. Silas Redd, USC — Junior

    12. Dennis Johnson, Arkansas — Senior

    13. Christine Michael, Texas A&M — Senior

    14. Johnathan Franklin, UCLA — Senior

    15. Rex Burkhead, Nebraska — Senior

The Top 15 Wide Receiver Prospects

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    1. Terrance Williams, Baylor — Senior

    2. Robert Woods, USC — Junior


    3. Keenan Allen, California — Junior


    4. Tavon Austin, West Virginia — Senior


    5. Quinton Patton, Louisiana Tech — Senior


    6. Justin Hunter, Tennessee — Junior


    7. Marquess Wilson, Washington State — Junior


    8. Cobi Hamilton, Arkansas — Senior


    9. DeAndre Hopkins, Clemson — Junior

    10. Da’Rick Rogers, Tennessee Tech — Junior

    11. Markus Wheaton, Oregon State — Senior

    12. Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee — Junior

    13. 
    Stedman Bailey, West Virginia — Junior

    14. Rodney Smith, Florida State — Senior


    15. Dan Buckner, Arizona — Senior

The Top 15 Tight End Prospects

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    1. Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame — Junior

    2. Jake Stoneburner, Ohio State — Senior

    3. Zach Ertz, Stanford — Junior

    4. Jordan Reed, Florida — Junior

    5. Levine Toilolo, Stanford — Junior

    6. Gavin Escobar, San Diego State — Junior

    7. Joseph Fauria, UCLA — Senior

    8. Dion Sims, Michigan State — Junior

    9. Michael Williams, Alabama — Senior

    10. C.J. Fiedorowicz, Iowa — Junior

    11. Ryan Griffin, Connecticut — Senior

    12. Chris Gragg, Arkansas — Senior

    13. Philip Lutzenkirchen, Auburn — Senior

    14. Ryan Otten, San Jose State — Senior

    15. Jake McGee, Virginia — Redshirt Sophomore

The Top 15 Offensive Tackles

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    1. Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M — Junior

    2. Taylor Lewan, Michigan — Junior

    3. Jake Matthews, Texas A&M — Junior

    4. Eric Fisher, Central Michigan — Senior

    5. D.J. Fluker, Alabama — Junior

    6. Oday Aboushi, Virginia — Senior

    7. Ricky Wagner, Wisconsin — Senior 

    8. Brian Winters, Kent State — Senior

    9. Brennan Williams, North Carolina — Senior

    10. LaAdrian Waddle, Texas Tech — Senior

    11. Zack Martin, Notre Dame — Junior

    12. Tanner Hawkinson, Kansas — Senior

    13. Justin Pugh, Syracuse — Junior

    14. Morgan Moses, Virginia — Junior

    15. Matt Summers-Gavin, California  — Senior

The Top 15 Interior Linemen Prospects

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    1. Chance Warmack, Alabama — Senior

    2. Barrett Jones, Alabama — Senior

    3. Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina — Senior

    4. Larry Warford, Kentucky — Senior

    5. Dallas Thomas, Tennessee — Senior

    6. Khaled Holmes, USC — Senior

    7. Cyril Richardson, Baylor — Junior

    8. Omoregie Uzzi, Georgia Tech — Senior

    9. Gabe Jackson, Mississippi State — Junior

    10. Hugh Thornton, Illinois — Senior

    11. Alvin Bailey, Arkansas — Junior

    12. Travis Frederick, Wisconsin — Junior

    13. Mario Benavides, Louisville — Senior

    14. Chris Barker, Nevada — Senior  

    15. Braden Hansen, BYU — Senior

The Top 15 Defensive Tackle Prospects

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    1. Johnathan Hankins, Ohio State — Junior

    2. Star Lotulelei, Utah — Senior


    3. Sheldon Richardson, Missouri — Junior


    4. John Jenkins, Georgia — Senior  


    5. 
    Sylvester Williams, North Carolina — Senior

    6. Kawann Short, Purdue — Senior 

    7. Sharrif Floyd, Florida — Junior


    8. Jesse Williams, Alabama — Senior  


    9. Josh Boyd, Mississippi State — Senior


    10. Dominique Easley, Florida — Junior


    11. Everett Dawkins, Florida State — Senior


    12. Bennie Logan, LSU — Junior

    13. Jamarkus McFarland, Oklahoma — Senior

    14. Aaron Tipoti, California — Senior

    15. Will Sutton, Arizona State — Junior

The Top 15 Defensive End Prospects

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    1. Bjoern Werner, Florida State — Junior

    2. 
    Damontre Moore, Texas A&M — Junior

    3. Barkevious Mingo, LSU — Junior

    4. Dion Jordan, Oregon — Senior 

    5. Sam Montgomery, LSU — Junior

    6. Alex Okafor, Texas — Senior

    7. Michael Buchanan, Illinois — Senior

    8. Jackson Jeffcoat, Texas — Junior 

    9. 
    Ziggy Ansah, BYU — Senior 

    10. 
    William Gholston, Michigan State — Junior

    11. 
    Margus Hunt, SMU — Senior 

    12. 
    Tank Carradine, Florida State — Senior 

    13. Corey Lemonier, Auburn — Junior

    14. 
    John Simon, Ohio State — Senior

    15. Brandon Jenkins, Florida State — Senior 

The Top 15 Linebacker Prospects

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    1. Manti Te’o, Notre Dame — Senior

    2. Jarvis Jones, Georgia — Junior

    3. C.J. Mosley, Alabama — Junior

    4. Arthur Brown, Kansas State — Senior

    5. Chase Thomas, Stanford — Senior 

    6. Michael Mauti, Penn State — Senior 

    7. Khaseem Greene, Rutgers — Senior 

    8. Shayne Skov, Stanford — Senior 

    9. Alec Ogletree, Georgia — Junior

    10. Sean Porter, Texas A&M — Senior

    11. Kevin Minter, LSU — Junior

    12. Kyle Van Noy, BYU — Junior

    13. Kevin Reddick, North Carolina — Senior

    14. Gerald Hodges, Penn State — Senior

    15. Nico Johnson, Alabama — Senior

The Top 15 Cornerback Prospects

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    1. Dee Milliner, Alabama — Junior

    2. David Amerson, N.C. State — Junior

    3. Jordan Poyer, Oregon State — Senior

    4. Johnthan Banks, Mississippi State — Senior

    5. Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State — Junior

    6. Bradley Roby, Ohio State — Redshirt Sophomore

    7. Leon McFadden, San Diego State — Senior

    8. Xavier Rhodes, Florida State — Junior

    9. Terry Hawthorne, Illinois — Senior

    10. Carrington Byndom, Texas — Junior

    11. Blidi Wreh-Wilson, Connecticut — Senior  

    12. Desmond Trufant, Washington — Senior

    13. Logan Ryan, Rutgers  — Junior

    14. Johnny Adams, Michigan State — Senior

    15. Nickell Robey, USC — Junior

The Top 15 Safety Prospects

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    1. Eric Reid, LSU — Junior

    2. Duke Williams, Nevada — Senior


    3. Kenny Vaccaro, Texas — Senior


    4. Shawn Williams, Georgia — Senior


    5. T.J. McDonald, USC — Senior


    6. Matt Elam, Florida — Junior


    7. Zeke Motta, Notre Dame — Senior


    8. Robert Lester, Alabama — Senior


    9. Bacarri Rambo, Georgia — Senior


    10. Tony Jefferson, Oklahoma — Junior


    11. 
    Daimion Stafford, Nebraska — Senior 

    12. Jonathan Cyprien, FIU — Senior 

    13. 
    Tre Boston, North Carolina — Junior

    14. 
    John Boyett, Oregon — Senior

    15. Isaiah Lewis, Michigan State — Junior