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April 23, 2013

Predicting the 1st round of NFL draft

(Continued)

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

32. BALTIMORE (10-6)

The 2013 Ravens already don't resemble the team that won the championship. Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, Anquan Boldin, Dannell Ellerbe, Paul Kruger and Bernard Pollard — all gone. But 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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