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March 20 Mock Draft

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

17. Pittsburgh Steelers -- WR Cordarrelle Patterson, Tenn

A surprise, yes, but outside of a replacement at multiple linebacker positions, the Steelers could roll the dice on an explosive playmaker. Patterson needs help learning and refining the route tree, but he consistently gets open without it.

18. Dallas Cowboys -- DT Sheldon Richardson, Missouri

The decision was between defensive tackle and safety, but I believe the Cowboys need to get a bit younger up front and Richardson offers positional versatility, working as a three technique tackle or end in a three man front.

19. NY Giants -- DE Datone Jones, UCLA

A perfect fit. Jones accomplishes exactly what the Giants look to do along their defensive line. He shows power and aggression from a wide alignment and wins with quickness on the interior.

20. Chicago Bears -- LB Arthur Brown, Kansas State

Some don’t believe Brown can play the inside linebacker spot. I absolutely think he can due to play recognition and strength on first contact. Factor in his lateral and closing speed and Brown is one of my top prospects in the entire class.

21. Cincinnati Bengals -- RB Eddie Lacy, Alabama

The Bengals need that foundation back for Andy Dalton to rely on. Lacy has missed a large portion of the pre-draft process, but offers great athleticism for a player his size and consistently falls forward to finish off runs.

22. St. Louis Rams (from Redskins) -- S Kenny Vaccaro, Texas

The Rams have a lot of talented young pieces, but they are in dire need of a safety. Vaccaro is a very talented player with versatility, including a solid performance against WVU manhandling Tavon Austin in the slot. He does need to improve his tackling in space.

23. Minnesota Vikings -- WR Keenan Allen, Cal

Tavon Austin would seem like a logical replacement for Percy Harvin, but I do not expect him to last this long. Allen creates separation with burst in and out of his breaks with reliable hands.

24. Indianapolis Colts -- OLB Corey Lemonier, Auburn

The Colts added young free agents to fill a lot of their immediate needs. However, I still think they need pass rushing help off the edge. Lemonier loses backfield vision, but his explosiveness and powerful hands off the snap are excellent qualities.

25. Minnesota Vikings (from Seahawks) -- LB Manti Te’o, Notre Dame

The Vikings don’t shy away from Notre Dame prospects, but they must decide if Te’o is more than a two down linebacker, and if not, where does his value rest? He is a solid run defender and would be a good, not great, option in the middle.

26. Green Bay Packers -- S Johnathan Cyprien, FIU

I love Cyprien and believe he is an interchangeable piece in the back half. He doesn't understand the term “half speed” and closes aggressively without overrunning plays.

27. Houston Texans -- WR DeAndre Hopkins, Clemson

Hopkins projects very similarly to Roddy White. He consistently high points passes and maneuvers his body in front of defenders with strong hands and underrated athleticism.

28. Denver Broncos -- CB Desmond Trufant, Washington

I understand the Broncos signed DRC, but one year contracts should not prevent teams from drafting players at certain positions. Trufant has quick feet to mirror, sticking close to receivers without having to use an arm bar downfield.

29. New England Patriots -- CB Jamar Taylor, Boise State

Taylor might not be the biggest name, but I consider him the top senior corner. He is skilled in both off and press man coverage and consistently disrupts the catch point.

30. Atlanta Falcons -- DE Bjoern Werner, FSU

Werner is a tough player to slot. Even though he went through outside linebacker drills at the Combine, I don’t see him projecting to that position other than a role of designated pass rusher. The Falcons like to incorporate multiple fronts, but Werner would improve a thin position.

31. San Francisco 49ers -- DL Jesse Williams, Alabama

Williams isn’t just a nose tackle, since he played end in Alabama’s three man front in 2011. Finding a future replacement for Justin Smith should be a top priority, and Williams has that strength to occupy blockers on the edge to allow Aldon Smith to run clean.

32. Baltimore Ravens -- LB Kevin Minter, LSU

Ozzie Newsome values the middle section of his defense, so after losing both inside linebackers Minter would offer consistency at one of those spots. He’s not overly explosive, but Minter gets the job done with thunderous hits on the interior and just enough speed to meet ball carriers at the edge.

Josh Norris is an NFL Draft Analyst for Rotoworld and contributed to the Rams scouting department during training camp of 2010 and the 2011 NFL Draft. He can be found on Twitter .
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