NFL Mock Draft: The Dallas Cowboys Narrow their Targets

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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 player but a high risk person at 21.  

22. St. Louis Rams (From Redskins) – Keenan Allen, Wide Receiver, California: Zach Ertz will be given heavy consideration but adding Allen may be too tempting to pass up. Patterson was St Louis’s favorite but Allen is one good consolation prize.

23. Minnesota Vikings –  Sylvester Williams, Defensive Tackle, North Carolina: They need a WR more than DT but which is more likely to get past Indy at 24? Since Minnesota has a strange fascination with DT’s named, “Williams”, they won’t want to risk losing him. But kidding aside, he’s a great fit for MN here.

24. Indianapolis Colts – Jamie Collins, Outside Linebacker, Southern Miss: The defensive transition did not go well for the Colts D-line. They need big upgrades. Collins will replace Freeney on the outside.

23. Minnesota Vikings  (From Seattle) – DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson: The Vikings need help at WR and are happy to see Hopkins fall past Cincy (who loves him also) They traded Harvin to the Hawks so they need to acquire a WR to replace him ASAP. Hopkins has great hands and best of all, will be under contract for the next 4 years (unlike Harvin who wants a top-5 money extension).

26. Green Bay Packers– Zach Ertz, Tight End, Stanford: It still seems like a reach to pick a Center in the first round so GB will probably wait until the second to address the hole left by retiring Pro Bowler Jeff Saturday. Zach is dynamic and much more reliable than Jermichael Finley anyway.

27. Houston Texans – Tavon Austin, Wide receiver, West Virginia: Minter or Brown at LB is a possibility but at the end of the day, Houston will fall in love with how Austin could complement Andre Johnson and best of all – stretch the field.  

28. Denver Broncos – Jonathan Hankins, Defensive Tackle, Ohio State: The mammoth Hankins is just what the doctor ordered in fixing the middle. VERY underrated player. They will also be tempted to pick a safety since all still remain on the board.

29. New England Patriots – Desmond Trufant, Cornerback, Washington: NE could use some help in the secondary and Trufant would be an absolute steal at this point. WR could also be addressed if both Trufant and Banks are gone.

30. Atlanta Falcons – Kawann Short, Defensive Tackle, Purdue: The Cowboys really love Short so they could snag him before ATL gets a shot. That said, 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. This is the real priority.

31. San Francisco 49ers – John Jenkins, Defensive Tackle, Georgia: Jenkins provides that true NT San Fran has been lacking. The rich get richer.

32. Baltimore Ravens – Kevin Minter, MLB, LSU: With all the Safeties still on the board Baltimore prays one can still be had in the second. It’s all the trend to give Baltimore a MLB since Ray Lewis is retiring. This may be so obvious it’s true.






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