16. Pittsburgh Steelers – John Jenkins, Nose Tackle, Georgia
The Steelers are aging all along their defense, so that leads you to believe that is the direction the organization will go with their pick. In last year’s draft, the Steelers used a fourth-round pick on nose tackle Alameda Ta’amu and that didn’t go to well. A few months into his NFL career, Ta’amu was cut after some serious legal issues. That leaves a big question at depth behind Casey Hampton. Jenkins can provide the team a young, talented nose tackle that will hold up blockers at the line of scrimmage.
17. New York Jets – Dion Jordan, Defenive End/Outside Linebacker
The Jets secondary would rejoice if the team added a pass rusher like Jordan. He will create havoc in opposing backfields and allow the New York cornerbacks to play the brand of football that their scheme calls for.
18. Cincinnati Bengals – Kenny Vaccaro, Safety, Texas
The Bengals have had issues at safety for awhile now, but they have managed to get by. This would be the year to add a talent like Vaccaro to a major area of need. Cincinnati would also like to add a pass rusher, but in this scenario, most of the top pass rushing talents have been taken off the board and anyone else would be considered a reach. Vaccaro brings the best value.
19. St. Louis Rams (From Redskins) – Chance Warmack, Guard, Alabama
Warmack is one of the top prospects in this year’s draft class, but he slides because of position. Just a year ago, many considered guard David DeCastro to be a top ten talent, but he fell to the Steelers at the bottom of round one. I did have St. Louis going OT with their first pick, but that won’t scare them away from Warmack who is too good to pass up. In 2010, the same draft that the Rams selected Sam Bradford, the 49ers took back-to-back first-round offensive lineman and it changed the attitude of that team. The same strategy should be welcomed in St. Louis.
20. Chicago Bears – Eric Fisher, Offensive Tackle, Central Michigan
Fisher is often compared to a former Central Michigan offensive lineman — Joe Staley. The Bears have struggled along the offensive line and it leaves Jay Cutler battered and bruised on a weekly basis. The defense is championship caliber and Cutler has proven to be capable of leading this team when healthy. In order to keep him healthy, they need to address the offensive line.
21. Dallas Cowboys – Jesse Williams, Nose Tackle, Alabama
Due to very unfortunate circumstances, the Cowboys now have very little depth behind starting nose tackle Jay Ratliff who has been battling injuries. The team will need to add players along the defensive front and nose tackle has become an immediate need. A hard-working player like Jesse Williams at the nose could be exactly what the doctor ordered in Big D. It may be a reach, but it fills a need.
22. Minnesota Vikings – Keenan Allen, Wide Receiver, Cal
Adrian Peterson would be jumping for joy. Peterson has kept this team in the thick of the playoff race on his own and the Vikings offense could use another playmaker. Christian Ponder’s development would also make strides if the team brought in the top wide receiving prospect in the 2013 NFL Draft.
23. New York Giants – Ezekial Ansah, Defensive End, BYU
Osi Umenyiora could be gone through free agency and it’s no surprise that the Giants like to stockpile on talented defensive lineman. Ansah is a prospect that draws comparison to Jason Pierre-Paul, so it doesn’t take much to understand why the team would be excited to add a player with this kind of potential.
24. Indianapolis Colts – CJ Mosley, Outside Linebacker, Alabama
The Colts focused on offense in last year’s draft, so it is time to give the defense some attention. Many scouts believe that Mosley is the best pure linebacker in this year’s draft class. He is the type of talent on the defensive side of the ball that could really take this Colts team to the next level.
25. Baltimore Ravens – Alec Ogletree, Inside Linebacker, Georgia
Ray Lewis isn’t getting any younger and injuries have plagued the Ravens defense which has left the cupboards bare. Baltimore could use a player like Ogletree who has the speed and range to make plays all over the field.
26. Seattle Seahawks – Terrance Williams, Wide Receiver, Baylor
Williams brings the size and speed to be a number one receiver at the next level. With Russell Wilson going above and beyond the expectations, it is time to surround the young signal-caller with talent.
27. Green Bay Packers – Tyler Eifert, Tight End, Notre Dame
Reports came out this week that the Packers have decided it will be best to part ways with tight end Jermichael Finley after the season. Without Finley, the team will need to find a replacement and there is no better option than Notre Dame’s Tyler Eifert. Eifert is an all-around tight end that can stay in to block, but his strength comes when he creates mismatches down the field.
28. San Francisco 49ers – Matt Elam, Safety, Florida
What do you get the person that already has everything? Well, you can get them a hard-hitting safety with an incredible nose for the ball. San Francisco has very few holes and Elam may just be the best player on the board at this point.
29. New England Patriots – Tavon Austin, Wide Receiver, West Virginia
This was the pick in my previous mock draft and I think it is just too good of a fit to pass up again. Selecting Austin allows the Patriots to free up money to spend elsewhere by letting Wes Welker leave via free agency instead of opening the check book.
30. Denver Broncos – Sylvester Williams, Defensive Tackle, North Carolina
The Broncos could use some big bodies along the defensive front and Williams is a versatile, big bodied player. John Elway would love to add a phyical, quick player like Williams to the trenches.
31. Houston Texans - Sheldon Richardson, Defensive Tackle, Missouri
The Texans could benefit from adding some big bodies to the defensive line in order to free up their major playmakers on that side of the ball. Sheldon Richardson fell in this mock draft and would be too good of a talent to pass up for Houston.
32. Atlanta Falcons – Jonathan Cooper, Guard, North Carolina
The Falcons have major concerns at both guard positions. Adding a player like Cooper can help ease their worries.