2013 NFL Mock Draft: What Have We Learned From Free Agency?

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17. Pittsburgh Steelers
Damonte Moore
Defensive End/Linebacker, Texas A&M

The Steelers need to rebuild the Steel Curtain defense, and Moore falls to just the right team.

18. Dallas Cowboys
Matt Elam
Safety, Florida

The Cowboys would have traded up to get Vaccaro, but since Vaccaro isn’t there, they snag the next best corner in this draft.

19. New York Giants
D.J. Fluker
Tackle, Alabama

Generally the Giants get the best player available, but none of the best seemed to make sense, so they reach to solidify the offensive line.

20. Chicago Bears
Kevin Minter
Linebacker, LSU

The Bears defense has some holes due to old age, and Minter hopes to join in and continue the tradition of great linebacker play.

21. Cincinnati Bengals
Arthur Brown
Linebacker, Kansas State

The Bengals definitely have some needs at linebacker. 

22. St. Louis Rams (from Washington)
Tavon Austin
Wide Receiver, West Virginia

The Rams continue to build up their offense and help Sam Bradford.

23. Minnesota Vikings
Alec Ogletree
Linebacker, Georgia

The Vikings need to build up the defense to get the ball back into the hands of Adrian Peterson.

24. Indianapolis Colts
Cordarrelle Patterson
Wide Receiver, Tennessee

Jim Irsay has been clamoring on Twitter about getting a wide receiver. His team gets one in the draft.

25. Minnesota Vikings
Desmond Trufant
Cornerback, Washington

Another addition to a defense that needs a bit of help, and in a draft lacking the offensive pieces they need at this spot in the draft.

26. Green Bay Packers
Eddie Lacy
Running Back, Alabama

The Packers showed interest in Steven Jackson, and will settle for a solid rookie runner.

27. Houston Texans
Robert Woods
Wide Receiver, USC

Andre Johnson needs a backup, and a protégé.

28. Denver Broncos
Bjoern Werner
Defensive End,  FSU

Best player available that helps replace a defensive end lost over a late fax.

29. New England Patriots
Sheldon Richardson
Defensive Tackle, Missouri

Best player available, and helps give big Vince Wilfork some help up the middle.

30. Atlanta Falcons
Datone Jones
Defensive End, UCLA

With John Abraham getting older and apparently heading elsewhere, the Falcons look to another sturdy defensive end to pick up the slack.

31. San Francisco 49ers
Johnthan Banks
Cornerback, Mississippi

The Niners need some help defending the pass, so the excellent front 7 get some more backup.

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

Ray Lewis had his last ride, and the linebacking corps is looking weak as a result. They take a chance on bringing in another strong leader who puts forth a ton of effort.

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  • big007hed

    So Floyd over Star? I like Star, I think Floyd and Mccoy are very similar and dont see Floyd holding up in the same spot Miller did. But saying all that I wouldnt mind having Floyd and McCoy in the interior DLine wreaking havoc!

    • http://twitter.com/UTEPMiners Leo

      Yeah, just a hunch, plus the concern over the heart condition.

  • finishers

    I am not sure Floyd will be there at 13?

    • http://www.weberclean.com/ Kyle-Carpet Cleaning Fargo

      I agree, he has a lot of buzz around him.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Shug72 Rodney Smith

    True, will be interesting to see how things play out.

  • finishers

    Yeah we need so much! Will have to see how free agency plays out

  • finishers

    how about getting Elvis Dumervil ?

    • http://twitter.com/UTEPMiners Leo

      Dumervil isn’t really a system fit. He’s better as an outside linebacker, in my opinion.

  • brandon daniels

    I Just dont see Floyd falling to 13

    • http://twitter.com/UTEPMiners Leo

      I’m not the only mock out there with him in the teens. It’s certainly possible.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.lawrence.7399 Joe Lawrence

    The Packers’ gm has never taken a RB early and won’t again this year. He can pick up a good RB in round 3. Since they are a pass first team, a RB is secondary. That’s why Jackson didn’t want to play in GB. They will take a 3/4DE-LT if one slips-SS in the first two rounds. Round 3 is RB.

    • http://twitter.com/UTEPMiners Leo

      I just couldn’t really find another pick that matched a need, maybe Cyprien? I wasn’t crazy about the pick, but if I’m the one making it, it makes sense. Fair enough point, tho.