2013 NFL Mock Draft: Cowboys Acquire the Key to their Defense

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2013 NFL Mock Draft

 21. Cincinnati Bengals – Alec Ogletree, Linebacker, Georgia: The Bengals played horribly at LB last season, and MUST upgrade. Ogletree is a great low-risk pick at 21.

22. St. Louis Rams (From Redskins) – Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina: By taking a TE with the 1st of their picks they gambled and won when Cooper was acquired with the 22nd pick. Don’t believe the rumors either – they are not scrapping their defense for a typical 3-4. Waaay too much invested in their current 4-3.  

23. Minnesota Vikings –  Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tenn: The Vikings need help at WR and are happy to gamble on Patterson’s upside here. They are hesitant to extend Harvin because of injury concerns so they will need to reload now to start the grooming.

24. Indianapolis Colts – Jonathan Jenkins, DT, Georgia: The defensive transition did not go well for the Colts D-line. They need big upgrades. Jenkins will help against the run and give them something to build around.

25. Seattle Seahawks – Keenan Allen, Wide Receiver, California: They really need a DT more but consider this an investment in Russell Wilson more than anything.

26. Green Bay Packers– Barrett Jones, OC, Alabama: It may seem a reach now but Barrett is very underrated as a player, a leader, and teammate. A little time in the weight room and he will even be an upgrade over retiring Pro Bowler Jeff Saturday.

27. Houston Texans – Jesse Williams, Defensive Tackle, Alabama: Just wait until you see this guy do his bench reps at the combine.  If Williams makes it past NO and Pittsburg, Houston will jump at the bargain falling to them. Otherwise look for ILB’s, Minter or Brown here.

28. Denver Broncos – Sheriff Floyd, Defensive Tackle, Florida: Big time talent will provide youth and skill to the less than stellar middle of the Bronco defense.

29. New England Patriots – DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson: With the two TE offense taking the bulk of the money, paying an aging Wes Welker makes zero sense. Hopkins will team with Lloyd to provide a strong outside threat to pair with those TEs, at a much cheaper price. Word on the street is Cincy is also in love with this guy.  

30. Atlanta Falcons – Kawann Short, Defensive Tackle, Purdue: The Falcons need to spend their first day of picks on the D-line if they want to be considered a legitimate contender in 2013. Don’t believe all the TE talk.

31. Baltimore Ravens – Kevin Minter, MLB, LSU: It’s all the trend to give Baltimore a MLB since Ray Lewis is retiring. This may be so obvious it’s true.

32. San Francisco 49ers – Eric Reid, S, LSU: Reid is both physical and an opportunistic ball-hawk. He’s a perfect fit if he falls to the bottom of the first round. The hierarchy of the safeties will be very dependent on the combine workouts.

September 22, 2012; Columbia, SC, USA; Missouri Tigers defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson (34) before the game against the South Carolina Gamecocks at Williams-Brice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports

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