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Associated Press: Predicting the 1st round of NFL draft

By Barry Wilner

Associated Press

Published: Wednesday, April 24 2013 8:50 p.m. MDT

ALEC OGLETREE, LB, GEORGIA

21. CINCINNATI (10-6)

With the Andre Smith free agency situation still cloudy — do the Bengals really want him back? — Cincinnati makes a move to put pressure on the veteran. Or to let him walk.

D.J. FLUKER, OT, ALABAMA

22. ST. LOUIS (10-6), pick from Washington

Wisely, the Rams went with Vaccaro at No. 16 and still get the wideout to boost their passing game at this spot.

DEANDRE HOPKINS, WR, CLEMSON

23. MINNESOTA (10-6)

With two selections in the next three slots, Minnesota is going to help itself on defense both times. First up, yes, the Vikings see plenty of value in that Notre Dame linebacker.

MANTI TE'O, ILB, NOTRE DAME

24. INDIANAPOLIS (11-5)

Seeking a pass rusher to replace Dwight Freeney, the Colts look at Damontre Moore of Texas A&M, Datrone Jones of UCLA and Alex Okafor of Texas. Moore is most ready to step in.

DAMONTRE MOORE, DE, TEXAS A&M

25. MINNESOTA (10-6), pick from Seattle

More help for the interior defense in a real bargain this late in the first round. Although the Vikes are tempted to go for a wideout, they see excellent value in ...

SHELDON RICHARDSON, DT, MISSOURI

26. GREEN BAY (11-5)

The Packers never expected to be in this position, choosing between the best running back in this crop, the two best tight ends or an effective defensive tackle who never stops coming. Does the question become which helps Aaron Rodgers more, a pass catcher or a running back?

TYLER EIFERT, TE, NOTRE DAME

27. HOUSTON (12-4)

Houston has a very obvious need: finding a receiver to complement the superb but aging Andre Johnson. That void has been a major reason the Texans flopped in the playoffs the last two years. There are three possible choices for that position, and the answer is ...

CORDARRELLE PATTERSON, WR, TENNESSEE

28. DENVER (13-3)

Getting past the Elvis Dumervil error that made him a free agent will be a whole lot easier when the Broncos find a nice replacement — and a surprise first-rounder who impressed with 4 1-2 sacks in the Alamo Bowl.

ALEX OKAFOR, DE, TEXAS

29. NEW ENGLAND (12-4)

Predicting anything Bill Belichick will do, other than scowl or wear a hoodie, is impossible. Clearly, the Patriots need help virtually everywhere on defense, although they should be a runaway winner in the AFC East even if they skip all their picks. Now that would be different for Belichick.

MATT ELAM, S, FLORIDA

30. ATLANTA (13-3)

After giving lots of thought to Alabama RB Eddie Lacy, Atlanta backs off and turns to a defensive unit damaged in the offseason by cuts and defections. With visions of defending Brees and Newton twice a season, they go for ...

DESMOND TRUFANT, CB, WASHINGTON

31. SAN FRANCISCO (11-4-1)

The Niners almost won the Super Bowl, and they are loaded heading into the draft. So much so that they don't have to flinch about grabbing the best guy on their board. No selection for need here.

JESSE WILLIAMS, DT, ALABAMA

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