2013 NFL Mock Draft Picks 21-32 by Jared
21. Cincinnati Bengals – Sam Montgomery, DE, Louisiana State
There is a good chance that the Bengals could lose Michael Johnson this year, so defensive end would immediately become a top need. Montgomery plays with a motor on every down, and is a force in both the passing game and the running game. Montgomery may be the most complete defensive end not named Bjoern Werner in the draft. But since there is such a premium on “pass rushers,” Montgomery could be victim to the fall.
22. St. Louis Rams (via Washington) – Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee
Now that the Rams have gotten Bradford some protection, they need to give him a true number one receiver as well. I am one of Danny Amendola’s biggest fans, but the guy cannot stay on the field. Even if he does, he is nothing more than a slot receiver (although he is a good one at that). Hunter can be the go-to guy for Sam Bradford when he needs a big first down.
23.Minnesota Vikings – Manti Te’o, ILB, Notre Dame
I believe that Manti Te’o is one of the best players in the draft, but I just couldn’t really find a place that I felt comfortable putting him until now. Minnesota needs a lot of help defensively, and Te’o brings talent and leadership to a poor defense. Minnesota could also address the interior of their defensive line, as well as a wide receiver to go opposite Percy Harvin.
24.Indianapolis Colts – Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas
One way or another, Indy needs to improve their secondary. I think that strong safety in particular is an area that needs to be addressed. Vaccaro has been one of the lone bright spots of a horrifying Texas Longhorns season. He is a playmaker that can really lay the lumber, and always seems to be in the right place at the right time. David Amerson and Bradley Roby also make some sense here as cornerbacks.
25. Seattle Seahawks – Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor
When people think of Terrance Williams, they immediately think of a wide receiver that can stretch the field vertically. But he is more than just that, as he is a big possession target as well. Golden Tate appears to be coming into his own, but the jury is still out on Sidney Rice, in terms of health. Williams would give Russell Wilson a huge play threat though, and Pete Carroll would love to see that connection.
26. Green Bay Packers – Barrett Jones, G/C, Alabama
If there is one word to describe Jones, it is versatile. The Packers can literally plug him in at any of the five offensive line positions and he will succeed. His strongest spot is probably at center, and he could take over there for Jeff Saturday, who is just a stopgap at this point in his career. With the news of Jermichael Finley not returning next year, Tyler Eifert and Zach Ertz make some sense here as well.
27. Houston Texans – Robert Woods, WR, Southern California
I know a lot of people have dropped Woods into the lower half of their top ten receiver rankings, but I still like Woods. He is a playmaker with good hands, and gives the Texans a deep threat opposite Andre Johnson. At this point, Houston can afford the luxury of drafting whomever they want for the most part. A cornerback like David Amerson or Jordan Poyer also makes sense..
28. Denver Broncos – Matt Elam, S, Florida
The Broncos are a very good team with very few needs, but safety is one of them. Elam has flown up draft boards over the past six weeks or so, and he makes sense for the Broncos style of play. Denver could also look to add a better tight end like Eifert, or go with an inside linebacker like Alec Ogletree or Kevin Minter.
29. Baltimore Ravens – Brandon Coleman, WR, Rutgers
I am not so sure that Coleman will actually declare, but if he does, I expect to see him skyrocket up draft boards. Coleman is a 6’6, 220 pound receiver who can run a 4.4. Anquan Boldin is clearly on the downside of his career, and I am not convinced that Torrey Smith has the consistency to be a number one receiver. Grabbing a big target like Coleman will open up a lot of options for the Ravens.
30. San Francisco 49ers – Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State
San Francisco has the luxury of doing whatever they want on draft day. They are just that talented right now. Today’s NFL is just such a pass happy game, so drafting a potential shutdown corner in Roby makes a lot of sense for San Francisco. Roby is one of my favorite prospects in the draft. He is big, physical, and really loves the game. Great fit for what the 49ers are currently doing.
31. Atlanta Falcons – Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
Eventually, Tony Gonzalez will slow down, and they need to find a replacement for him before that happens. Until then, Eifert would serve well by learning under the GOAT. He has natural pass catching ability that is rare for a tight end. He is a smart route runner and a decent blocker as well. Atlanta could choose to find a replacement for Michael Turner at running back, or improve their defensive line depth as well.
32. New England Patriots – Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina
The rich get richer. The only reason Cooper falls is because he is an interior lineman, but he is one of the best talents in the draft. If the Pats cannot find time for him at guard, they can slide him over to center where he can also start immediately. Cooper is a great athlete, but doesn’t have the strength or ability to be a mauler at the next level.