NFL Mock Draft 2013: NFL Scouting Combine Edition

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17.  Pittsburgh Steelers – Ezekiel Ansah, Defensive End/Outside Linebacker, BYU

Pittsburgh is reportedly in love with Ansah and they hope that he will be available when they are on the clock in April. Ansah would fit in perfectly at outside linebacker in the Steelers 3-4 defense and would bring some much needed youth and speed to the aging unit.

18. Dallas Cowboys – Sheldon Richardson, Defensive Tackle, Missouri

As the Cowboys transition to a 4-3 defense, they will need to add some defensive line talent that will fit their new scheme. Richardson has an unbelievable first step and would be a great addition to the Dallas defense.

19. New York Giants – DJ Fluker, Offensive Tackle, Alabama

It is time for the Giants to acknowledge their tackle situation. Fluker has shown amazing dedication to being in top shape and has been shedding the extra pounds during the offseason. His hard work should pay off as he becomes a top twenty selection.

20. Chicago Bears – Zach Ertz, Tight End, Stanford

The Bears could go a number of ways with their first-round pick, but one position that they need to address is tight end. A dynamic playmaker at the position is something this offense lacks and adding Ertz could give the Bears another threat in the passing game.

 21. Cincinnati Bengals – Jarvis Jones, Linebacker, Georgia

Jones’ spinal stenosis is scaring teams off and has reportedly forced multiple teams to completely remove him from their draft boards. If medicals were not a concern, Jones could be a top three selection in the draft.

22. St. Louis Rams (From Redskins) – DeAndre Hopkins, Wide Receiver, Clemson

Hopkins continues to help himself throughout the draft process. After an impressive workout in Indianapolis, it would be surprising if a team did not select Hopkins in the first. He has tremendous upside and will develop into a true No. 1 wideout.

23. Minnesota Vikings – Xavier Rhodes, Cornerback, Florida State

Rhodes is a very big and physical corner that would fit in well with the Vikings secondary. In a division with the Packers, Bears and Lions passing attacks, the Vikings would benefit from adding one of this year’s top cornerbacks.

24. Indianapolis Colts – Desmond Trufant, Cornerback, Washington

The Seahawks proved last year that you can never have enough good cornerbacks. Pairing Trufant with Vontae Davis will give the Colts an incredibly talented pair of cornerbacks to shut down opposing wide receivers.

25. Seattle Seahawks –  Johnathan Hankins, Defensive Tackle, Ohio State

There aren’t many holes on the Seahawks roster, so they have the luxury of drafting value. Hankins has top 15 talent and would be a steal for the team if they were able to land him with their pick.

26. Green Bay Packers – Arthur Brown, Linebacker, Kansas State

The Packers linebacker depth chart leaves a lot to be desired and it can immediately be improved if Green Bay decides to bring in a player like Brown, who has been turning heads during the draft process.

27. Houston Texans – Keenan Allen, Wide Receiver, Cal

The Texans desperately need to add another wide receiver to take some heat off of Andre Johnson. Not only does Allen provide a nice option as a No. 2 receiver, but he has added value in the return game.

28. Denver Broncos – Kevin Minter, Linebacker, LSU

Minter is ranked by some as the best inside linebacker prospect in this year’s class and would be an immediate upgrade in the middle of the Broncos defense.

29. New England Patriots – Tavon Austin, Wide Receiver, West Virginia

Wes Welker is likely a goner, so the Patriots will need to find a replacement. Austin is a perfect fit for the Patriots and would be a matchup nightmare line up in the slot with Tom Brady tossing him the ball.

30. Atlanta Falcons – Datone Jones, Defensive End, UCLA

Datone Jones has been impressing scouts since the Senior Bowl and he could ride that momentum into the first round.

31.  San Francisco 49ers – John Jenkins, Defensive Tackle, Georgia

Safety could very well be the pick here, but Jenkins may be too good to pass up. Jenkins would give the 49ers a very talented nose tackle that their defense currently lacks.

32. Baltimore Ravens – Manti Te’o, Linebacker, Notre Dame

Te’o would be incredible value for the Ravens and give them an immediate replacement for Ray Lewis. Te’o is a very instinctive football player and has incredible leadership qualities. It is a pick that makes almost too much sense.

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