Time to wrap up our 2013 NFL Mock Draft with the final six selections of the first round. These are the elite teams from last season and these picks can often be just as productive as the early first round selections. They may not be as flashy, but especially in this year's NFL Draft there are a lot of solid prospects to choose from.
26. Green Bay Packers: Eddie Lacy, Alabama – The Packers have struggled to find a running threat to pair with Aaron Rodgers and their high-powered passing game. There are other needs as well, but Eddie Lacy is an interesting fit in an offense that spreads the defense out so much and cleans up the tackle box. With limited defenders inside, can opposing defenses control a powerful runner like Eddie Lacy without him consistently grinding out 4 yards a pop?
27. Houston Texans: DeAndre Hopkins, Clemson – Chris Tripodi of Jets 101: "Houston goes with DeAndre Hopkins over Keenan Allen and Robert Woods to fill a glaring need at wide receiver. Hopkins and Woods both have good ball skills and run solid routes but, while neither is a burner, Hopkins is better at going up to get the ball in the air. Both Hopkins with his 36-inch vertical leap and Allen at 6-3 project as good red zone targets, which is something the Texans will be emphasizing considering Andre Johnson isn't a premier red zone threat at this point in his career and never really was. At this point, there are more red flags with Allen's PCL injury and questionable drug test than Hopkins' trashed hotel room, which makes Hopkins the pick by the thinnest of margins."
28. Denver Broncos: Bjoern Werner, Florida State – Bjoern Werner is yet another prospect once projected to go very early in the first round. A nice addition for the Broncos who will be a solid player opposite Von Miller. Along with Derek Wolfe, The Broncos have the making of a versatile defensive line that can stuff the run and get after opposing quarterbacks.
29. New England Patriots: D.J. Hayden, Houston – D.J. Hayden has been shooting up the draft boards. A bit lower in our than some others, but Bill Belichick knows a good value when he sees one and snatches up some help for the Patriots in the secondary. At No. 29 there will likely be multiple players the Patriots like, so a trade back into the second round is also possible.
30. Atlanta Falcons: Jamar Taylor, Boise State – The Falcons watched Brent Grimes walk and sit in a division with Drew Brees and the explosive Saints offense, Cam Newton with another year of experience and a Buccaneers team that is looking to make a move and features Vincent Jackson. Jamar Taylor gives them another body
31. San Francisco 49ers: Zach Ertz, Stanford – The 49ers lost Delanie Walker, who did a lot for them as a tight end/H-back/fullback. Zach Ertz doesn't fit that mold exactly, but he fits the Jim Harbaugh mold – there's a reason Harbaugh recruited him to play at Stanford. Familiarity is a big factor here.
32. Baltimore Ravens: Manti Te'o, Notre Dame – The most controversial prospect comes off the board and is plopped right into the spotlight as the player chosen to follow Ray Lewis in the heart of the defense regarded by many to be one of the most fearsome for years.
And that's a wrap on our 2013 NFL Mock Draft. Some surprises, just are there are sure to be tonight. No trades in our simulation, so once one goes down you can be sure the whole thing will be thrown off. stay tuned here at On The Clock 101 for 2013 NFL Draft updates throughout tonight and this weekend.
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