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NFL Mock Draft 2013: Alec Ogletree, Giovani Bernard, Cordarrelle Patterson and Kevin Minter

April 25th, 2013 at 10:31 AM
By Donald Lappe

Our 2013 NFL Mock Draft is getting deeper into the first round with plenty of great values still on the draft board. The depth of the 2013 NFL Draft will be showcased first in the latter half of the opening round tonight and will continue on into the middle rounds. That gives NFL teams an opportunity to make big improvements over the course of the first three to four rounds by grabbing future starters. It will also underscore any teams that have a rough weekend at the 2013 NFL Draft.

20. Chicago Bears: Alec Ogletree, GeorgiaAlec Ogletree is a big-time talent who slips because of off the field issues. If he can stay focused and out of trouble, he's a monster linebacker. The Bears just lost the face of the franchise in Brian Urlacher, though his production had slipped. Alec Ogletree is a playmaker at the second level.

21. Cincinnati Bengals: Giovani Bernard, North Carolina – Tom Crouse of Bengals 101: "University of North Carolina's Giovani Bernard makes a multitude of sense here for a Bengals offense in need of an additional big play threat. Though only a sophomore and slightly undersized (5-10, 205) in comparison to a traditional back, Bernard's 6.7 YPC on only 184 carries in 2012, combined with 31 touchdowns and 92 receptions in just two seasons, explain why teams may be enamored with him. Add a sub 4.5 in the 40 yard dash to the mix and the result is a load of upside and intrigue. Though questions over size and durability may keep some teams away from selecting him, the league's growing trend of running backs splitting carries presents a similar growing need for teams at the running back position. Potentially needy teams behind them in the draft order such as the Rams, Colts, Packers, Vikings and Broncos present a legitimate question and reasoning for why this pick makes sense here. Should Kenny Vaccaro by some stretch of the imagination remain available at 21, he would be the Bengals guy. However, the likelihood of that possibility seems slim at best. Other potential options here, depending on selections would be OT, or even a CB should the right guy remain."

22. St. Louis Rams: Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee – Chuck Chapman of Colts 101: "The Rams were hoping Alec Ogletree would slide to them, but they have some deep needs at WR, too. Their not totally sold on last year's pick, Mike Quick, and lost Danny Amendola this off season in free agency. They picked up TE Jared Cook in free agency, which should help offset Amendola as a possession receiver, but Sam Bradford needs some weapons down the field."

23. Minnesota Vikings: Justin Hunter, Tennessee – Another Tennessee wide receiver to a needy team. The Vikings would probably like to move up and grab Tavon Austin as a replacement for Percy Harvin if possible.

24. Indianapolis Colts: Tank Carradine, Florida State – Chuck Chapman of Colts 101: "The Colts are looking for the next Dwight Freeney to play opposite Robert Mathis and they think Carradine is it. Carradine's knee injury doesn't scare the Colts as they signed Erik Walden as a free agent. Carradine won't be forced to contribute right away."

25. Minnesota Vikings: Kevin Minter, LSU – The Vikings need an upgrade in the middle of their defense and Kevin Minter is a producer. He doesn't jump off the screen at you but he's very active. It would likely just come down to personal preference between Kevin Minter and Notre Dame middle linebacker Manti Te'o.

Seven selections left in the first of our 2013 NFL Mock Draft. Which 2013 NFL draft prospects are still out there that you'd like to have on your team?

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