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NFL Mock Draft – 1.0

21. CINCINNATI BENGALS- Alec Ogletree, LB, (Georgia): Ogletree has the versatility to play either inside or outside for the Bengals. He’s easily an upgrade at the position and allows the Bengals to move Vontaze Burfict inside if they so choose. It also affords Cincinnati the chance to allow veterans Rey Maualuga (career disappointment) and Thomas Howard (recovering from injury) to leave via free agency.

22. ST. LOUIS RAMS- Keenan Allen, WR, (California): The Rams continue to surround quarterback Sam Bradford with weapons and Allen is arguably the most NFL ready WR in the draft. After selecting Givens and Quick last season, St. Louis will have what they believe is their receiving corps for the future set. The Rams could also look to continue bolstering the O-Line with either D.J. Fluker (OT/Alabama) or Barrett Jones (OC/OG/Alabama).

23. MINNESOTA VIKINGS- DeAndre Hopkins, WR, (Clemson): The Vikings hate to see the Rams snake Allen away one pick before them as they are desperate for WR help. The Percy Harvin situation is a tempestuous one and the Vikings must address their weak WR corps through free agency and the draft. Hopkins could see extended playing time from the get go for Minnesota.

24. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS- John Jenkins, DT, (Georgia): The Colts could actually decide to go O-Line here to help keep Andrew Luck safe and healthy by selecting either Larry Warford (OG/Kentucky) or Jonathan Cooper (OG/North Carolina). Their defense struggled to stop the run and is need of a big man in the middle to bog things down. Jenkins is 6’ 4” and 359 pounds, which fits the need perfectly.

25. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS- Barrett Jones, (OC/OG), Alabama: Seattle has no glaring needs on either side of the ball and can afford to select Jones and allow him the time for his foot to heal. Once healthy, his versatility allows him to help Seattle do what they do best, pound the rock. Jones represents great value at this spot for a team on the rise.

26. GREEN BAY PACKERS- D.J. Fluker, OT, (Alabama): The Packers need to keep Aaron Rodgers upright and healthy and Fluker is a big bodied, experienced OT with 35 career starts. Green Bay’s offense begins and ends with the passing game and Rodgers so despite any other needs they will look to protect that investment.

27. HOUSTON TEXANS- Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, (Tennessee): With the injury to WR Devier Posey late in the season the Texans are still in need of a player to line up opposite Andre Johnson. Patterson has ideal size at 6’3” and 205 pounds and has the speed to step right in and contribute.

28. DENVER BRONCOS- Desmond Trufant, CB, (Washington): No player helped their draft stock during the Senior Bowl week more than Trufant and he cashes in in his fine performance with a first round selection. Champ Bailey isn’t getting any younger and drafting Trufant makes perfect sense here.

29. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS- Manti Te’o, LB, (Notre Dame): The Patriots do not rebuild they reload. After getting trucked against Alabama in the National Title game Te’o surprisingly falls to late in the first round and the Pats are happy to see him. He can be eased into the line up behind incumbents Brandon Spikes and Jerod Mayo and the LB position for the Patriots continues to be set for years to come.

30. ATLANTA FALCONS- Sam Montgomery, DE, (LSU): The Falcons look to get younger at the defensive end position as John Abraham is going to be 35 when 2013 kicks off. Lawrence Sidbury has yet to pay off and the Falcons need to improve their pass rush and Montgomery will see ample snaps as a rookie.

31. SAN FRANCISCO 49ers- Sharrif Floyd, DT, (Florida): Justin Smith is 34 and Isaac Sopoaga is 31 and a free agent after the season. Floyd is explosive and violent off of the snap and is an excellent younger player to solidify the middle for the 49ers moving forward. He may not last nearly this long come Aril but if he does then the 49ers front office are grinning like the butcher’s dog.

32. BALTIMORE RAVENS-Kevin Minter, LB, (LSU): Ray Lewis is retiring and Dannell Ellerbe is a free agent so the tackling machine Minter makes perfect sense here for the Ravens. He’s a natural leader and hits like a truck and could conceivably step in from day one as a three down player for Baltimore.

 

There we have it. Mock draft 1.0 of 2013 and it feels oh so good. Now it’s just a matter of waiting to see which ‘combine cuties’ emerge on the scene and have at it again! Stay tuned for 2.0, 3.0…you get the picture.

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