Lomas 2013 NFL Mock Draft (Picks 23-32)
23. Minnesota – Tavon Austin WR WVU
Percy Harvin may or may not be with the team next year, but either way it seems like he is not the long term answer for this team. Austin is a dynamic slot WR that consistently made players miss at the college level, and was the second most electrifying receiver in the NCAA behind Cordarrelle Patterson.
24. Indianapolis – Desmond Trufant CB Washington
Trufant is a new entrant to the first round for me, but after a dominant Senior Bowl campaign, it looks like he will be picked in the bottom half of the 1st round. The Colts need an upgrade at cornerback and without a second round pick Indy would be wise to grab a player here.
25. Seattle – Sheldon Richardson DT Missouri
Richardson is an athlete playing defensive tackle in my opinion. He has unique burst and pursuit skills that will make a coach like Pete Carroll fall in love with him, and he will add more teeth to that defensive line.
26. Green Bay – Matt Elam S Florida
The Packers could cut or trade Woodson this offseason if they aren’t comfortable with his cap hit. If so, they could bolster their young secondary with Matt Elam who is a smaller version of Vaccaro. Elam has proven against the best compitiion that he can be a factor in all phases of the game, and they have struck gold in SEC defensive backs recently.
27. Houston – Tyler Eifert TE Notre Dame
Eifert is the most complete tight end in this draft, and Houston gets a steal here. Eifert can help that right side of the offensive line with its problems in pass protection, but he is also a vertical threat that makes some spectacular catches.
28. Denver – Xavier Rhodes CB FSU
Xavier Rhodes may be the second-most physical corner in this draft behind Milliner, and he can fill a huge need for the Broncos.
29. New England – Robert Woods WR USC
Tavon Austin was such a natural fit here that I thought this pick would be a struggle, but Robert Woods is also a great WR to take advantage of the hole likely to be left behind by Welker. Woods has all the tools to play anywhere on the field except for the fact that he is just under 6’0” and Tom Brady places the ball so well that rarely will he need a big target outside from Gronk.
30. Atlanta – Alex Okafor DE Texas
Okafor is a very good power rusher that is essentially the Big Ten’s version of Sam Montgomery. Okafor is very disruptive and much like at Texas, and DE is a top priority after releasing Abraham.
31. San Francisco – Johnny Adams CB Michigan State
Adams isn’t getting a lot of publicity, but he has been incredibly physical and he has shown some impressive instincts. The former Spartan’s main issue is he is under 5’11” and he isn’t a speed demon, but his technique and instincts make him a top-40 pick to me.
32. Baltimore – Kevin Minter LB LSU
Minter is exactly what Ray Lewis was last year (an in-the-box MLB) but instead of being on the decline, he is a young prospect with room to grow. He won’t be the emotional leader that Ray was last year (and the 1000 years before that) but he can provide the same production.