Associated Press: Predicting the 1st round of NFL draft

By Barry Wilner

Associated Press

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

17. PITTSBURGH (8-8): They lack the depth they've had in their contending seasons. The first upgrade this year is ...

STAR LOTULELEI, DT, UTAH

18. DALLAS (8-8): The Cowboys will take the best man still unclaimed.

SYLVESTER WILLIAMS, DT, UNC

19. NEW YORK GIANTS (9-7): The Giants indeed fill their need for an inside linebacker with good instincts, passion and leadership.

ARTHUR BROWN, ILB, KAN. ST.

20. CHICAGO (10-6): There will be the same need for a linebacker.

ALEC OGLETREE, LB, GEORGIA

21. CINCINNATI (10-6): The Bengals make a move to put pressure on veteran Andre Smith.

D.J. FLUKER, OT, ALABAMA

22. ST. LOUIS (10-6) (from Washington): The Rams still get the wideout to boost their passing game at this spot.

DEANDRE HOPKINS, WR, CLEMSON

23. MINNESOTA (10-6): 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.

DAMONTRE MOORE, DE, TEXAS A&M

25. MINNESOTA (10-6) (from Seattle): More help for the interior defense in a real bargain this late in the first round.

SHELDON RICHARDSON, DT, MISSOURI

26. GREEN BAY (11-5): 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.

CORDARRELLE PATTERSON, WR, TENN.

28. DENVER (13-3): Getting past the Elvis Dumervil error.

ALEX OKAFOR, DE, TEXAS

29. NEW ENGLAND (12-4): The Patriots need help virtually everywhere on defense.

MATT ELAM, S, FLORIDA

30. ATLANTA (13-3): Atlanta looks to improving its defense.

DESMOND TRUFANT, CB, WASH.

31. SAN FRANCISCO (11-4-1): No selection for need here.

JESSE WILLIAMS, DT, ALABAMA

32. BALTIMORE (10-6): GM Ozzie Newsome is one of the best talent evaluators around. He'll get this pick right.

KEVIN MINTER, LB, LSU

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