Brendan Riley and Bryan Krall present picks 25-32 of their second 2013 NFL Mock Draft.
25. Seattle Seahawks
DE, Datone Jones (UCLA)
Pete Carrol has already he said he wants to bring in a pass rusher to improve the defense and Jones is one of the best pass rusher left on the board. Jones also brings in some outstanding athleticism. The order that all the DEs go in this draft is really up in the air to a certain extent so who is here is a question but with this being such a great draft for DEs and the Seahawks going after a pass rusher, I would expect a DE to go here almost for sure.
DE, Tank Carradine (Florida State)
Pete Carroll said recently that he was looking for pass rushers to upgrade his defense, so drafting a defensive end is a huge possibility here. Seattle’s in a prime position to make a Super Bowl run next year and may need just one or two impact players to make that happen. Carradine can step in right away as a pass rusher and provide that spark and high.
26. Green Bay Packers
TE, Tyler Eifert (Notre Dame)
The Packers have given be troubles both times around now, but I decided to go with a combination of a value pick, and a pick that would add an absolute dominate factor to the Packers offense. While Rodgers has shown he can make anybody look good, with the fact the Jennings is leaving and there is a real chance Finley will be gone too adding a 6-6 TE who ran a solid 4.7 40 time at the combine would give Rodgers a nice weapon to add to the offense.
ILB, Alec Ogletree (Georgia)
Ogletree is arguably the best inside linebacker of this draft, but off the field issues have caused his stock to fall a bit. Regardless, the Packers have needed another starting inside linebacker for a while now, and Ogletree is an explosive prospect. The thing that stands out about Ogletree is his outstanding speed. He started his college career as a safety, and clearly has the athleticism to start in a 3-4 defense.
27. Houston Texans
OL, D.J Fluker (Alabama)
The Texans O-Line had some struggles last year, particularly on the right side. Most don’t have Flucker lasting this long but if he does, this pick would be amazing for the Texans. Flucker is an elite run blocker on the right side, can play guard or tackle and still has the ability to pass block at a decent level as well.
WR, Robert Woods (USC)
The Texans have a few needs here that they could take care of, most notably inside linebacker, but I think they spend this pick on a receiver to start opposite of Andre Johnson. The Texans defense, even without Brian Cushing, played well throughout the season so offense could be the priority here. Woods is a solid receiver who has a ton of untapped potential, so he may be a risk here at the 27th pick, but could reap a huge reward as well.
28. Denver Broncos
DT, Sheldon Richardson (Missouri)
This is as much of a value pick as a needs pick. Richardson is considered a top 15 pick by most but I just couldn’t find a good home for him. The Broncos don’t have a history of picking DT’s in the first round, but with it being one of their top needs, it being a much later pick than Denver has had any time recently and a talent like Richardson being here, the Broncos pull the trigger.
CB, Desmond Trufant (Washington)
Denver’s in a great position to make a run at a Super Bowl next season, so drafting for need is a must. Champ Bailey’s still an effective player and getting a player across from him that can start right away is an essential need this offseason. Trufant has nice size for a corner at 6’0, 190 lbs and has blazing speed to match with it, running a 4.38 40 at the combine.
29. New England Patriots
DT, Johnathan Hankins (Ohio State)
The Pats have a few needs they could try to address with their first pick, that being said the biggest areas I looked at were DT and CB. While there are a few CBs who would be reasonable here, talent wise Hankins is a steal hear. What hurts him is that he is one of those big men in the middle known for not showing up on every down. Get this low in the first round though, and you tend to be looking at teams who know how to deal with guys like that, and the Patriots are one of them.
CB, Jordan Poyer (Oregon State)
Poyer’s one of my favorite sleeper prospects, and I think he could be a steal for anyone drafting him in the late first or second round. He didn’t run a 40 that shows his exceptional speed (he ran a 4.54) at the combine, so he needs to make up for it at his pro day to show scouts what he can really do. Regardless of this, the Patriots will love his toughness and ability to stick with speedy receivers consistently. Not to mention the need is definitely there, with New England’s secondary being scorched earlier in the season and Aqib Talib becoming a free agent.
30. Atlanta Falcons
DE/OLB, Alex Okafor (Texas)
With one DE turning 35 and another that was cut mid season, the Falcons are going to need to find some replacements and Okafor is a guy that would perform at a high level right away. In a regular year Okafor would be a higher pick, but this is one of the best if not the best class of DEs I have ever seen. This is one of my few picks to stay the same.
DE, Datone Jones (UCLA)
Jones is a name that’s been rising pre and post-combine and he’ s slotted himself as a first round talent in a draft full of talented defensive linemen. With John Abraham being cut the need for a defensive end is huge in Atlanta, and this pick will be used on one more than likely, whether it be Jones, SMU’s Margus Hunt, or Texas’s Alex Okafor.
31. San Francisco 49ers
S, Jonathan Cyprien (Florida International)
You could probably flip-flop between this and a DE. The reason I say that is after the Alex Smith trade, the 49ers now have another pick just a couple picks back. Depending on which they want more and which they fear is more likely the Ravens will take, is what I would expect to decided who they take here first.
DE/DT, Margus Hunt (SMU)
I doubt the 49ers will hold on to this pick, with 15 draft picks heading into the draft, it’s very likely they trade up for a player they covet and that fits a bigger need. However if they stay here, it’s very likely they draft an eventual replacement for 33
32. Baltimore Ravens
DT, Jesse Williams (Alabama)
This pick actually still fits really well. The Ravens need a NT, Williams has both the size and experience to fit that. Baltimore tends to pick up the talented players that fall for whatever the reason may be, Williams fits that. Being one of the best players left on the board at any position Williams would be the perfect fit with the Ravens.
ILB, Arthur Brown (Kansas State)
The Ravens should have their pick of a few talented players at positions of need here from Brown, Kevin Minter, and Manti Te’o at the inside linebacker position, to Eric Reid at the safety spot to replace Ed Reed. The best player available from this group though is Brown, who’s an exceptionally athletic and physical linebacker who would fit perfectly within the Ravens’ 3-4 system.