2013 NFL Mock Draft: Full First Round Analysis, Super Bowl Week Edition
In less than one week, the 2013 NFL draft season will be in full swing.
So before all 32 teams have entered offseason mode, we present one final in-season mock draft.
With the conclusion of the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., last week, a number of players have risen and fallen. But while the first round is slowly coming into focus, the one team already on the clock, the Kansas City Chiefs, is far from making its final decision.
With many questions still needing to be answered at the NFL combine and during free agency, the draft picture is sure to change between now and April. But as we stand right now, here is how the 2013 NFL draft is shaping up.
1. Kansas City Chiefs: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
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You may not be able to find a single person who claims Geno Smith is the best prospect in the 2013 NFL draft. In fact, you'll find some who say he isn't even the best quarterback. But it has become clear that Smith is the early favorite to go No. 1 overall.
The reasoning behind the selection is simple: The Chiefs need a quarterback, and they own the No. 1 pick. That combination leads to the consensus top-rated signal-caller going No. 1 overall nearly every time.
Since 2000, only three teams owning the top selection have passed on a quarterback—and only one, the 2008 Dolphins, did so without a young quarterback already in the fold (and the Dolphins were a unique case, due to the fact that an aging Bill Parcells wanted a quick fix, not a full rebuilding project).
So while Smith comes with plenty of flaws, it's tough to project anyone else going No. 1 overall at this stage of the process.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars: Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State
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The Jaguars had a revolving door at defensive end in 2012, using a total of eight players at the position—none of whom recorded more than three sacks.
According to Pro Football Focus, the Jaguars' primary ends, Jeremy Mincey and Andre Branch, ranked among the league's worst in pressure percentage. Branch recorded a sack, hit or hurry on just 5.8 percent of his pass-rush snaps, while Mincey posted a percentage of just 7.1.
For comparison, the Eagles' Brandon Graham led the league at 22 percent.
Bjoern Werner isn't the most gifted pass-rusher in this year's draft class, but he is the most well-rounded prospect. He compares favorably to the Rams' Chris Long and should have a similar impact in Jacksonville.
3. Oakland Raiders: Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
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The Raiders' top two defensive tackles, Richard Seymour and Desmond Bryant, are both unrestricted free agents. While the team will likely attempt to re-sign Bryant, Seymour's days in Oakland are done.
To make matters worse for the rebuilding Raiders, 32-year-old Tommy Kelly is coming off a disappointing season, and the $13.5 million he is owed over the next two seasons may force the team to cut him loose.
Last offseason, Dennis Allen spoke of shifting to more of a hybrid defense, but due to the personnel he was stuck with in 2012, the team stayed primarily with the 4-3 scheme.
The addition of a true nose tackle like Star Lotulelei would allow the team to begin making the shift. Lotulelei's size/athleticism combination, which compares favorably to that of the Ravens' Haloti Ngata, makes him an ideal fit in a hybrid system.
4. Philadelphia Eagles: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
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If the Eagles switch to a 3-4 defense, this pick will likely address the defensive front seven. But until that change is made, it's safe to assume Luke Joeckel will be the selection if he's on the board.
Joeckel is a prototypical left tackle and possesses the type of athleticism that should interest new head coach Chip Kelly.
The addition of Joeckel would allow the Eagles to shift Jason Peters to right tackle and move Todd Herremans back inside to his more natural guard position.
Assuming both Peters and Herremans return to form after their injury-plagued 2012 seasons, these moves could give the Eagles one of the stronger offensive lines in the league.
5. Detroit Lions: Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon
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As bad as the 2012 season was for the Lions, it could get a whole lot worse next season depending on how this offseason plays out.
Kyle Vanden Bosch is coming off a career-worst season and may be too expensive to bring back.
To make matters worse, the Lions' top pass-rusher, Cliff Avril, is set to hit the free-agent market and is unlikely to re-sign in Detroit.
Needing to fill two starting defensive end positions, general manager Martin Mayhew can't afford to pass up on a lineman with the sixth selection.
The decision will come down to Dion Jordan or Damontre Moore, and it won't be an easy choice if both are on the board.
While Moore is more well-rounded, the Lions need Jordan's pass-rush skills. He has the athleticism to develop into an elite edge-rusher and could help fill the shoes left behind by Avril's departure.
6. Cleveland Browns: Jarvis Jones, LB, Georgia
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The Browns are expected to transition to a 3-4 defense under new coordinator Ray Horton, which all but guarantees this selection, will address the defensive front seven.
Of the Browns' current players, only Jabaal Sheard and James-Michael Johnson appear to be good fits at outside linebacker in the 3-4 system.
Jarvis Jones is the premier 3-4 linebacker in this year's draft class and should be able to make a smooth transition to the NFL due to his experience in the scheme under Todd Grantham at Georgia.
The combination of Jones and Sheard on the outside would give Horton two potentially elite pass-rushing linebackers to build his defense around.
7. Arizona Cardinals: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
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The Cardinals need a new franchise quarterback, but it would be cruel to subject any rookie to a season behind their current offensive line.
Levi Brown, who missed the entire season with a torn triceps, is expected to return to a starting role, but no one else is guaranteed a job for 2013.
Eric Fisher entered the Senior Bowl as a potential top-10 prospect primarily due to the lack of elite talent at the offensive tackle position. But after a dominant week in Mobile, Fisher left as a top-10 lock.
Fisher displayed all the tools necessary to play left tackle in the NFL and could potentially challenge Luke Joeckel to be the first lineman off the board. If either Joeckel or Fisher is on the board at No. 7, it would be a surprise if the Cardinals passed him up.
8. Buffalo Bills: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
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Bills quarterbacks targeted Stevie Johnson 148 times this past season, one more than the combined total targets for Donald Jones, T.J. Graham and Brad Smith.
While that type of unbalanced attack can work with an elite receiver such as Andre Johnson or Brandon Marshall, it doesn't work with the likes of Stevie Johnson.
By adding Cordarrelle Patterson, the Bills would give Ryan Fitzpatrick (or another rookie quarterback, perhaps) two reliable targets to work with.
Patterson and Johnson would work well together as flankers, allowing Graham to line up in the slot. That's a trio that could give the Bills enough offensive firepower to scare some teams in 2013.
9. New York Jets: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
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With the news that new general manager John Idzik is reportedly open to trading Darrelle Revis, Dee Milliner suddenly became a strong possibility for the Jets.
Milliner would be a significantly cheaper option than Revis, who can void his contract and become a free agent after the 2013 season.
Considering Revis' knee injury that caused him to miss all but two games this past season, Milliner may actually be an upgrade on the field.
Even if Revis isn't traded, Milliner remains an option for the Jets.
By adding Milliner, who would be a strong value pick at No. 9 overall, the expensive and inconsistent Antonio Cromartie would become expendable.
10. Tennessee Titans: Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M
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Derrick Morgan finally stayed healthy and started 16 games for the first time in his career, establishing himself as the star of the Titans defensive line. But on the opposite end, veteran Kamerion Wimbley offers little aside from an occasional pressure on the quarterback.
The Titans are also in need of a 3-technique tackle, which could lead them to consider Sheldon Richardson, but with Damontre Moore on the board in this scenario, it's an easy choice.
Moore has established himself as one of the more well-rounded defensive line prospects in this year's draft and could come off the board as high as No. 2 overall. Due to the depth at the position and team needs, however, he could slip down the board.
11. San Diego Chargers: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma
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Due to first-round locks Jake Matthews and Taylor Lewan returning to school, the Chargers undoubtedly hoped another offensive lineman would step up and solidify himself as a legitimate top-15 pick.
Fortunately for new general manager Tom Telesco, Lane Johnson obliged.
After a stellar showing at the Senior Bowl, Johnson is now a first-round lock, and due to the lack of elite prospects at the position, he could land just outside the top 10.
The Chargers offensive line struggled in 2012, especially once losing Jared Gaither to injury—an injury that apparently took a little too long to heal, according to some. As a result, Gaither is not expected to return, which would leave the Chargers with glaring holes at both left and right tackle.
Johnson would be a perfect fit in San Diego due to his versatility. He has experience at both tackle positions, giving the Chargers the ability to bring in multiple linemen this offseason and shuffle the line down the road as the coaching staff sees fit.
12. Miami Dolphins: Barkevious Mingo, DE, LSU
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The Dolphins' most glaring need is clearly at wide receiver, but they're in an awkward position. Cordarrelle Patterson is off the board in this scenario, and any other prospect would be a significant reach at No. 12.
In this scenario, the safe bet would be to turn their attention to the defensive line, where they still lack the personnel to run a 4-3 defense effectively.
Cameron Wake ranks among the game's most dangerous pass-rushers, but Jared Odrick, who started opposite Wake in 2012, is better suited to be playing inside at tackle.
The Dolphins frequently substituted 2012 third-round pick Olivier Vernon for Odrick in passing situations, but Vernon registered just 3.5 sacks on 289 pass-rush snaps.
If the Dolphins want to upgrade their front seven, especially their pass rush, there may not be a better fit than Barkevious Mingo.
While Mingo is extremely raw in certain aspects of the game, his speed and athleticism will make him an effective pass-rusher immediately.
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia
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The revolving door of inside linebackers continues in Tampa. First Barrett Ruud flamed out, and now Mason Foster can safely be considered a bust after two terribly disappointing seasons.
Fortunately for Greg Schiano and defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan, this is an unusually strong class for inside linebackers.
Alec Ogletree is one of three inside linebackers who should come off the board in the first round.
While Ogletree is still raw (he only recently made the transition from safety to linebacker), his size and athleticism give him the potential to develop into a true three-down linebacker.
The Bucs defense is in need of that type of player after suffering through two years of Foster, who was on the field for just 68 percent of the Bucs' snaps in 2012. By comparison, Seattle's rookie inside linebacker Bobby Wagner, who plays in a similar scheme, was on the field for 86 percent of the Seahawks' defensive snaps.
14. Carolina Panthers: Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri
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New Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman will need to correct a number of Marty Hurney's mistakes, one of them being the mess he created on the defensive line.
Hurney selected two defensive tackles in the third round of the 2011 draft. Terrell McClain lasted just one year in Carolina, and Sione Fua was relegated to a reserve role in 2012 after a disappointing rookie year in the starting lineup.
Sheldon Richardson is a prototypical 3-technique tackle, making him a perfect replacement for veteran Dwan Edwards, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent.
The Panthers could immediately plug Richardson into a starting role next to Ron Edwards or Fua, depending on who wins the starting nose tackle job.
15. New Orleans Saints: Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State
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Almost immediately after being reinstated by Roger Goodell, Saints head coach Sean Payton fired defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo and announced the team would be transitioning to a 3-4 defense in 2013.
The move was somewhat surprising and immediately altered the team's draft plans.
While the Saints' depleted defensive roster isn't suited to run any scheme well, it certainly isn't built for the 3-4.
Priority No. 1 will be to find a nose tackle. Akiem Hicks, a third-round pick in 2012, may have the tools to fill that role, but it would be risky to hand the starting job to a second-year pro who played his college ball in Canada.
Johnathan Hankins entered the season as a potential top-10 prospect but failed to take the expected steps during his junior year. As a result, there seems to be a perception that Hankins' stock is falling, but that will only last until he shows off his athleticism at the combine.
Just like Dontari Poe last year, Hankins' limited on-field production will be forgiven due to the fact that there are only a limited number of humans who tip the scales at 330 pounds and can move like Hankins.
Hankins compares favorably to B.J. Raji and could excel in a similar role in New Orleans.
16. St. Louis Rams: Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama
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When the NFL creates its draft cards this year, it should give the Rams a special one that simply reads, "Insert top offensive lineman here."
While the addition of an offensive tackle to pair with Rodger Saffold would be nice, the Rams may have to settle for upgrading the interior line.
Chance Warmack is a rare prospect and one of the few interior linemen to enter the draft as a virtual lock to come off the board in the top 20.
He will immediately improve the protection for Sam Bradford, but Warmack's biggest impact will be in the running game. Whether it's Steven Jackson, Daryl Richardson or someone not currently on the roster, the Rams running backs will find it significantly easier to run between the tackles with Warmack paving the way.
17. Pittsburgh Steelers: Kenny Vaccaro, FS, Texas
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Steelers free safety Ryan Clark remains one of the most consistent and under-appreciated defensive backs in the league, but he's 33 and only under contract through the 2013 season.
GM Kevin Colbert has a long history of filling needs before they open up, making this the perfect opportunity to add some youth to the Steelers' aging secondary.
Kenny Vaccaro has established himself as the premier free safety in this year's class and has the well-rounded game to fit perfectly in Pittsburgh.
While Vaccaro excels as the center fielder in pass coverage, he is also willing to step up and play the run. The Steelers prefer their safeties to be versatile, much like Clark and Troy Polamalu, which should draw them to Vaccaro.
18. Dallas Cowboys: Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama
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As the Cowboys transition to Monte Kiffin's 4-3 defense, they need to accumulate the personnel to make it work.
While nose tackle Jay Ratliff is still under contract, his injury-plagued 2012 season and his recent arrest for drunk driving put his future with the team in jeopardy.
Without Ratliff, the Cowboys would be left with Jason Hatcher and Marcus Spears as their only interior linemen with significant experience.
Jesse Williams isn't the most athletically gifted lineman, but he's built like a fire hydrant and has developed into an elite run-stuffing nose tackle. Regardless of Ratliff's future with the team, Williams would be a positive addition to the Cowboys' run defense.
19. New York Giants: Manti Te'o, LB, New York Giants
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While Manti Te'o's girlfriend saga was fascinating for a moment, he appears to have adequately answered the questions about his involvement. He'll need to address the issue with each team during interviews at the combine and pre-draft visits, but it should have a minimal effect on his draft stock.
The questions that Te'o now needs to address are those relating to his athleticism. His performance at the combine could determine his status as a potential first-round prospect.
Assuming Te'o posts adequate combine numbers, he should be high on the Giants' draft board.
Free agent Chase Blackburn is coming off a disappointing year, and there's no reason to believe he'll be back in a starting role.
Te'o possesses the fundamentals to step seamlessly into a starting role and should provide the Giants with an upgrade at the position.
20. Chicago Bears: Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford
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Bears quarterbacks targeted their tight ends on just 12.3 percent of their pass attempts, the lowest rate in the league.
That trend is likely to change with the new regime.
New offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer comes from the Saints, who prominently featured the tight end in their offense over the past few seasons.
Head coach Marc Trestman has also worked with a number of successful tight ends from his days as an offensive coordinator, including Doug Jolley, Brent Jones and Hall of Famer Ozzie Newsome.
Zach Ertz and Tyler Eifert will both receive strong consideration, but Ertz is the better athlete and will allow Kromer to be more creative with his play-calling. While he lacks the all-around game of Eifert, the Bears already have two excellent in-line tight ends, Matt Spaeth and Kellen Davis, so Ertz won't necessarily need to be a three-down player to be effective.
21. Cincinnati Bengals: Sam Montgomery, DE, LSU
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The Bengals have an intriguing roster and could potentially make a significant leap in 2013. But they also have a busy offseason ahead, with five defensive starters set to become unrestricted free agents.
How the front office handles free agency will dictate the Bengals' draft plans, which makes projecting their pick difficult at this stage of the process.
Given the depth at defensive end in this year's class and the Bengals' need for depth at the position, this is probably a safe bet for now.
While a prospect such as Ezekiel Ansah may have more upside, the Bengals' desire to win now may push them in the direction of a more polished prospect such as Sam Montgomery.
If the Bengals let veterans Michael Johnson and Robert Geathers walk in free agency, the need for a more well-rounded and proven commodity such as Montgomery will increase.
22. St. Louis Rams (From Washington): John Jenkins, DT, Georgia
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Big changes could be coming in St. Louis if the Rams transition to a 3-4 defense under new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan.
If the season started today, Ryan would likely be forced to move 2012 first-round pick Michael Brockers to nose tackle, but that would seem to be a waste of Brockers' athleticism.
If Ryan elects to keep Brockers at end, where he would be paired with Chris Long, the Rams will need to bring in a nose tackle this offseason.
Fortunately, this is one of the deepest draft classes for nose tackles in recent memory.
John Jenkins anchored Georgia's defensive line from the nose tackle position for the past two seasons in defensive coordinator Todd Grantham's 3-4 scheme. While he lacks the elite athleticism to be considered on the same level as prospects such as Star Lotulelei and Johnathan Hankins, Jenkins has the size and strength to be a pure space-eater in the middle of the defensive line.
23. Minnesota Vikings: Keenan Allen, WR, California
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Christian Ponder skeptics are already beginning to throw around the "bust" term, making 2013 a critical season for his future in Minnesota.
But it would be unfair for the Vikings to throw in the towel on Ponder without first upgrading the talent around him.
This past season, 26.6 percent of Ponder's passes went to Michael Jenkins and Jerome Simpson—not exactly the ideal targets for a young, developing former first-round pick.
For much of the 2012 season, Keenan Allen was considered the top draft-eligible prospect at receiver, but a season-ending knee injury raises some concerns that could cause him to slip down draft boards.
If Allen returns to full health in time to work out for teams, he should solidify his place in the first round and would be high on the Vikings' wish list. At 6'3", he has the size to be a consistent target for Ponder and also possesses the speed to stretch the field.
24. Indianapolis Colts: Datone Jones, DE, UCLA
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The Colts' 2013 draft will be all about defense, defense and more defense.
Chuck Pagano and defensive coordinator Greg Manusky are in the process of building a hybrid defense, similar to the one Pagano helped orchestrate as an assistant in Baltimore. While the new regime's first season in Indy was a resounding success, the defense still lacks the personnel to fully run Pagano's system.
After a strong showing at the Senior Bowl, Datone Jones is rising up draft boards and appears to be a perfect fit for Pagano's game plan.
During his time at UCLA, Jones played tackle in the 4-3 and later transitioned to end in Jim Mora's 3-4 system during his senior year. His experience in both schemes makes him uniquely prepared to step into a hybrid role in Indy.
25. Seattle Seahawks: DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson
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The Seahawks lacked a consistent threat in the passing game this year, forcing Russell Wilson to spread the ball fairly evenly between Sidney Rice, Golden Tate, Zach Miller and Doug Baldwin.
While the depth of that group is impressive, in order to continue to develop, Wilson will need a reliable go-to receiver.
DeAndre Hopkins doesn't immediately jump out as an elite prospect due to his modest size and speed. But few receivers display his knack for going up and plucking the ball out of the air in traffic.
Hopkins' competitive, physical style of play is actually reminiscent of a young Sidney Rice.
The combination of Hopkins and Rice on the outside with Tate and Baldwin sharing time in the slot would give the Seahawks a deep group of receivers to help open up their passing game.
26. Green Bay Packers: Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida
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The Packers are a tough team to figure out due to a surprising number of holes to fill on a roster that was considered strong enough to make another Super Bowl run for much of the season.
The recent injury to 2012 second-round pick Jerel Worthy, which may keep him out for the entire 2013 season, could force GM Ted Thompson to address the defensive line.
Prior to his season-ending knee injury, Worthy was the Packers' primary defensive end opposite B.J. Raji.
Mike Neal or C.J. Wilson could be an in-house replacement, but the Packers also have to factor in the age of 33-year-old nose tackle Ryan Pickett. The Packers shifted the aging Pickett inside to nose tackle this year, forcing Raji to play out of position at end.
By bringing in a true 3-4 end such as Sharrif Floyd, the Packers would solve the immediate issue of replacing Worthy and have a long-term plan once Raji permanently moves back inside to nose tackle.
Floyd should interest the Packers due to his combination of size and athleticism. Defensive coordinator Dom Capers has preferred bigger 3-4 ends such as Floyd and Worthy, as opposed to slightly smaller, more athletic ends such as J.J. Watt.
27. Houston Texans: Markus Wheaton, WR, Oregon State
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The Texans had the third-largest gap between their No.1 and No.2 receivers in terms of target percentage in the NFL last season, trailing only the Bears and 49ers.
Andre Johnson was targeted on 28 percent of Matt Schaub's throws, while Kevin Walter was targeted just 11.8 percent of the time. Third receiver Keshawn Martin was targeted on just 4.4 percent of Schaub's attempts.
That type of unbalanced attack can work with an elite No.1 receiver, but Andre Johnson will be 32 at the start of next season and can't continue to carry the load on his own.
A number of late first-round prospects should be available for the Texans, including Tavon Austin, Quinton Patton and Robert Woods. But after a strong week at the Senior Bowl, Markus Wheaton is one of the fastest-rising prospects.
Wheaton has the speed to stretch the field, which would immediately add a new dimension to the Texans' passing game.
28. Denver Broncos: Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State
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Even at age 34, Champ Bailey remained the Broncos' shutdown corner this past season. He took the assignments of A.J. Green, Andre Johnson and other elite receivers in 2012 and fared reasonably well for a corner on the back end of his career.
Sooner or later, though, the Broncos need to find a replacement.
Due to the number of fringe first-round prospects in this year's draft class, this could be the perfect opportunity for the Broncos to bring Bailey's replacement aboard.
Xavier Rhodes is an interesting prospect due to his height. At 6'1", 217 pounds, he has the size to match up with the elite receivers in the league. However, his height can also be a disadvantage when matched up with smaller, quicker receivers.
Despite Rhodes' potential limitations, John Fox and Jack Del Rio should have no problem finding ways to use him to their advantage and designing a game plan that allows him to excel on a weekly basis.
29. New England Patriots: Jordan Poyer, CB, Oregon State
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The Patriots have significant issues to work out in their secondary this offseason.
In 2012, Bill Belichick used six different cornerbacks for at least 175 snaps (for comparison, the 49ers used just three). To make matters worse, Devin McCourty, arguably their best corner, was moved to free safety in the middle of the season.
Alfonzo Dennard, a 2012 seventh-round pick, should be expected to return as a starter, but Aqib Talib and Kyle Arrington are both unrestricted free agents.
Jordan Poyer is coming off a stellar showing at the Senior Bowl and may have solidified himself as a late first-round prospect.
While Poyer has been criticized for his lack of elite athleticism, he has displayed the physical style of play necessary to make up for what he lacks in pure speed.
30. Atlanta Falcons: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
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Following the Falcons' loss in the NFC Championship Game, future Hall of Famer Tony Gonzalez stated that he is 95 percent certain that he has played his final game.
If Gonzalez hangs up the cleats, it opens up a glaring hole in the Falcons offense.
In 2012, Gonzalez accounted for just over 20 percent of Matt Ryan's targets, only slightly less than Julio Jones and Roddy White and the fifth-most of any tight end in the league.
Making the situation even more dire is the fact that Gonzalez was more than just a pass-catching tight end. According to Pro Football Focus, he was on the field for 91.4 percent of the Falcons' offensive snaps this past season, contributing as a blocker in both run and pass situations.
Tyler Eifert may not be the top tight end on every draft board, but he should top the Falcons' list due to his well-rounded game.
Like Gonzalez, Eifert is a quality possession receiver who can contribute as blocker when needed. He is a true three-down tight end who should be able to fill Gonzalez's shoes, at least to some degree, from the time he steps on the field.
31. Baltimore Ravens: Kevin Minter, LB, LSU
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The Super Bowl will be the last hurrah for Ray Lewis, and the Ravens lack the depth to replace him—a lesson they learned the hard way during Lewis' absence earlier this season.
Dannell Ellerbe, an unrestricted free agent, and Jameel McClain filled in while Lewis missed time with an injury. While Ellerbe showed some promise, McClain struggled and was eventually placed on injured reserve with a neck injury.
Kevin Minter should interest the Ravens primarily due to his coverage ability.
According to Pro Football Focus, Lewis has dropped into coverage on 86 percent of pass plays during the Ravens' playoff run. This makes the athletic Minter a perfect fit in Baltimore for his ability to stick with tight ends and running backs in man coverage.
32. San Francisco 49ers: Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia
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While the 49ers have some big names at receiver, including four former first-round picks, they lack the playmakers necessary for the offense they have been running since Colin Kaepernick took over at quarterback.
On the season, San Francisco quarterbacks targeted Michael Crabtree on 30 percent of their throws, the fourth-highest percentage for any receiver in the league.
To make matters worse, both Randy Moss and Ted Ginn Jr. are unrestricted free agents and are not expected back in 2013.
The 49ers spent their 2012 first-round pick on Illinois receiver A.J. Jenkins, but after a disappointing rookie year, it's tough to imagine Jenkins playing a significant role in 2013. According to Pro Football Focus, Jenkins was on the field for just 37 snaps during the regular season and failed to record a single reception.
Even if Jim Harbaugh does plan to expand Jenkins' role in 2013, Tavon Austin would bring a new dimension to the offense. While Jenkins is your typical flanker, Austin is more versatile and would be a perfect addition to the pistol offense.