Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Preseason 2013 NFL Mock Draft: 18-24

Marcus Lattimore
18. New Orleans Saints: OT Barrett Jones: Not much has been going well for the Saints, but the worst loss in terms of the roster in 2011 was the loss of guard Carl Nicks. I believe no one could do a better job of protecting Drew Brees than 6'5", 310 pound offensive lineman Barrett Jones.

19. Dallas Cowboys: S T.J. McDonald: The Cowboys took several steps towards improving their pass defense, starting by drafting corner back Morris Claiborne. Now, they can upgrade the secondary even more by selecting safety T.J. McDonald of USC. 

20. Denver Broncos: WR Marquess Wilson: It is clear John Elway wishes to build a franchise around his new quarterback in Peyton Manning. With Marquess Wilson still available, it is hard to believe they will pass on a lethal, 6'4" wide receiver. 

21. Pittsburgh Steelers: ILB Manti Te'o: Manti Teo's 2011 campaign (128 tackle, 13.5 tackles for loss) earned him a spot on the Second Team All American squad. Pittsburgh has an aging defense, and someone like Te'o would bring youth to the linebacker position. 

22. Philadelphia Eagles: CB Tyrann Mathieu: The Eagles have proven they are not afraid to take chances in the draft, especially when taking Fletcher Cox with the 15th overall pick. Tyrann Mathieu is an extraordinary athlete, but is not the tallest corner back at 5'9". In fact, if the Eagles believe no other teams will take him, they might trade down 6 or seven spots and draft the LSU star later in the first round.

23. Atlanta Falcons: DE Alex Okafor: The Atlanta Falcons do not have many weaknesses, but one thing they can fix is the number of sacks. It may not be last in the league, but if they were to add Okafor, the number of sacks would rise, and the number of passing yards allowed would fall.

24. Chicago Bears: RB Marcus Lattimore: After what looks to become a disappointing 2012 campaign from Matt Forte, the Bears organization will try to find either a back-up or even a replacement. Marcus Lattimore is the best running back in college football, and somehow falls to 24 on this list. Chicago will be eager to add the Heisman nominee. 

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