2013 NFL Mock Draft 3.0 (Picks 19-32)

Updated 2013 NFL Mock Draft (3.0): Picks 19-32

3/20/13 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

 

Blog Photo - 2013 NFL Mock Draft 3.0 (Picks 19-32)19. New York Giants: Manti Te'o, LB, Notre Dame (previously Dion Jordan)

The Giants fielded a strong offense in 2012, complimented by a pretty solid bend-don't-break defense (ranked 12th in points, 31st in yards). With a couple promising running backs, two stud receivers, and a strong offensive line, I think the G-men have to go defense with this pick. The Giants have moved on from two of their starting linebackers, Michael Boley and Chase Blackburn. They signed Dan Connor, who is currently expected to compete for the starting middle linebacker job with Mark Herzlich - not a great sign. Te'o could join the Giants as a likely day-one starter.

20. Chicago Bears: 
Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame (previously Jonathan Cooper)

The Bears are hurting for a player who can compliment Brandon Marshall in the passing game. Earl Bennett was second among wide receivers in catches for the Bears - he had 29. Kellen Davis, who started 15 games at tight end, caught an abysmal 19 passes (he has since been released). Eifert could provide a matchup nightmare who would draw attention away from Brandon Marshall, possibly making him even more dangerous than he was in 2012. New head coach Marc Trestman is an offensive guy and would probably love to have a versatile weapon like Eifert.

21. Cincinnati Bengals: 
Cordarrelle Patterson (previously DeAndre Hopkins)

Despite some early season struggles, the Bengals' defense proved that it has the ability to shut down opposing offenses, so I think Cincinnati definitely addresses the offensive side of the ball here. The Bengals need a No. 2 receiver to take some of the pressure off of AJ Green. Aside from Green, the Bengals' next leading receiver was Andrew Hawkins with 533 receiving yards. That's an area that the Bengals need to upgrade, and Patterson could be the answer.


22. St. Louis Rams (from WAS): DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson (previously Tyler Eifert)

With the first of many picks received from the Redskins in return for the opportunity to draft RG3, the Rams should try to address offense once again. After taking Chance Warmack earlier in this round to supply Sam Bradford with some more protection, the Rams can further aid their franchise quarterback by giving him a weapon to throw to.

The Rams claim to be high on Brian Quick - last year's 33rd overall pick who caught 11 passes as a rookie - and while that may or may not be true, the Rams could use Hopkins regardless. Chris Givens progressed nicely during his rookie year, but the team lost Danny Amendola and Brandon Gibson to free agency. Hopkins is always willing to fight for a 50/50 ball, and could prove to be a versatile weapon that Bradford can always rely on.

NOTE: I know that I do not have Kenny Vaccaro (safety, Texas) being selected yet, but I will be shocked if he makes it past this point. The Titans, Panthers, Rams, Steelers, Cowboys, and Bengals are all realistic landing spots. While I don't love Vaccaro going to any of those teams when looking at them individually, I'd be very surprised if all of them passed on him.

23. Minnesota Vikings:
Keenan Allen, WR, California (previously Quinton Patton)

Percy Harvin is gone. While the Vikings did find a serviceable No. 1 receiver in Greg Jennings, they still lack a second option. In addition, Jennings will be 30 years old in September and has been prone to injury. By drafting Allen, the Vikings will get an underneath receiving option, similar to what Harvin was for them in the passing game. Allen has strong hands, a large catching radius, and a knack for getting open - Christian Ponder will love those traits.
Blog Photo - 2013 NFL Mock Draft 3.0 (Picks 19-32)
24. Indianapolis Colts:
Damontre Moore, DE/OLB, Texas A&M (previously Johnthan Banks)

Moore is a tricky player to predict a landing spot for. Once considered a probable top-five pick, his stock has plummeted, in large part due to a terrible showing at the combine. However, the Colts finished 23rd in sacks last season and struggled to find a consistent pass rushing option to play opposite of Robert Mathis in Chuck Pagano's newly installed 3-4 defense. Dwight Freeney struggled in the 3-4 and is now looking for a new home, and Mathis is 32 years old. Moore would be a good fit as a 3-4 outside linebacker. Now being mentored by former teammate and friend Von Miller, I think the Colts could take a shot on Moore if he impresses in interviews.

25. Minnesota Vikings (from SEA):
Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington (previously a Seahawks' draft pick)

The Vikings surprised a lot of people when they released Antoine Winfield, the league's premier slot corner who played 94% of the team's defensive snaps in 2012. Chris Cook and Josh Robinson currently project as the starters at cornerback in 2013 for the Vikings. Cook has major durability concerns that date back to college. He has played in 22 of a possible 48 regular season games through the first three years of his career. He is also in the final year of his contract. Robinson, on the other hand, is a raw project player who was drafted in the third round last year. Todd McShay sees Trufant as a plug-and-play starter as a rookie, and he could make a nice impact for the Vikings, who have to play against the Packers and Lions twice a year.
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