Meadville Tribune

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April 25, 2013

COMMENTARY: Draft short on stars but heavy on talent

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MEADVILLE — 18. Dallas Cowboys: Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina

With a couple over-30 year olds on the defensive line, getting younger is one priority. Williams should fit right in. Then again, this is Jerry Jones we are talking about.

19. New York Giants: Bjoern Warner, DE, Florida State

To be honest, I was a bit surprised I had Warner lasting this long. Just the way I thought things would go. If I am right, the Giants will not be complaining.

20. Chicago Bears: Alec Ogletree, ILB, Georgia

The next two picks are going to be inside LB help. I took Ogletree here because of his seasoning in the extremely tough SEC.

21. Cincinnati Bengals: Manti Te’o, ILB, Notre Dame

Vontae Burfict was a home run pick last year, but the linebacking corps still needs help. Te’o could be the final piece for this group.

22. St. Louis Rams: Matt Elam, S, Florida

St. Louis helped its offense with pick No. 16. Now the Rams address the defense. Elam should be a huge help to a very weak secondary.

23. Minnesota Vikings: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee

The most interesting player in the draft. At 6-foot-2, 216 pounds Patterson can replace Percy Harvin’s speed and add over-the-middle toughness once he polishes his skills.

24. Indianapolis Colts: Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State

The Colts were fine on offense under rookie QB Andrew Luck last season. If Rhodes can step in and do the same on defense ... look out!

25. Minnesota Vikings: Kevin Minter, ILB, LSU

Minter is not that far behind Ogletree and Te’o. The Vikings could pencil him in to start from Week 1, which would certainly toughen up the defense.

26. Green Bay Packers: Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama

Green Bay has to take some of the offensive pressure off QB Aaron Rodgers. There are two ways to do that and, at this point in the draft, I am not overly fond of the offensive lineman left on the board. Take the running back.

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