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Mocking the Draft: 23-32 Gets Defensive

By Brettclancy @thebrettclancy

23. Minnesota Vikings select WR Terrance Williams

I think Williams’ skill set is a really nice fit for the Vikings. He’s a big, vertical threat who can help stretch the field and be a threat in the redzone which makes him a nice compliment to Percy Harvin and Jarius Wright in the passing game. He’s not as versatile as some of the other receivers, and spent his college career running a limited number of routes, but he should provide a big boost to a Vikings passing game that really seemed to be coming together towards the end of last season.

 

24. Indianapolis Colts select S Kenny Vaccarro

With Dwight Freeney departing Chuck Pagano may be enticed by one of the remaining pass rushers, but with a guy many consider to be the best safety in the draft still available, I’ll trust Pagano’s ability to coach up a raw prospect from the mid rounds. Vaccarro can bring leadership to a mostly young Colts team and also brings a great deal of versatility as a swing safety who can play in coverage or move up into the box to defend the run.

 

25. Seattle Seahawks select DE Datone Jones

With the top receiving prospects off the board Pete Carroll adds versatile lineman Jones to his squad. Jones can step in for Chris Clemons who’s likely miss at least a good chunk of 2013 following an ACL tear in the Seahawks playoff win over Washington.

 

26. Green Bay Packers select ILB Kevin Minter

This could be Alec Ogletree or Manti Te’o, but I think the DUI may put the Packers off and when given the option between two disappointing 40 times the Packers will opt for the LSU product as their leader in the middle of the field.

 

27. Houston Texans select WR Robert Woods

I know at 25 I said the top receivers were gone, but Woods is a with good, natural hands and the type of possession skills the Texans will covet opposite Andre Johnson, whereas Seattle has plenty of compliments and is searching for their own “Andre Johnson” so to speak. Cornerback, or pass rush are also possible here, but as Andre Johnson gets older and his injuries seem more frequent it may be time to invest a high pick at WR.

 

28. Denver Broncos select DE/OLB Alex Okafor

The Broncos opt for a pass rusher to pair with Von Miller in a best player available move. (Sam Montgomery also remains on the board, and drafting a successor for Champ Bailey at corner could also make sense here)

 

29. New England Patriots select DT Jonathan Hankins

I expect Welker and Vollmer will both end up staying in New England which allows this pick to be used bolstering the defense. The secondary can still use upgrading and that’s certainly an option (Matt Elam at Safety or Jonathan Banks at Corner figure to be the next best available), but for now at least I’m going with Hankins.

 

30. Atlanta Falcons select DE Bjorn Werner 

If Werner slides past the Lions and Cowboys the Falcons should be happy to take the Germenator as they finally find a dominant pass rusher to pair with John Abraham.

 

31. San Francisco 49ers select DT Jesse Williams

This seems like the best choice with the teams current nose tackles as free agents with the possibility that only one gets resigned. The 49ers prize athleticism and Williams moves well for a big man (6’3, 323 lbs.)

 

32. Baltimore Ravens select LB Alec Ogeltree

At the end of the day this pick will come down to who the Ravens have to let go after Joe Flacco takes his cut of this year’s cap space. Until we know more I like Ogletree to help fill the void left by Ray Lewis. At #32 the talent outweighs any concern about his character.

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