Wednesday, 24 April 2013

DC Writers Mock Draft: Picks 21-25

Ther DC Writers mock continues in the build up to the NFL draft, Live at 12am Thursday on Sky Sports 1.

21st – Cincinnati Bengals – Eric Read, FS, LSU.
Picked by Tom Snee

He's visited this week and saw the sights of sin-suh-nat-uh (grim), which is enough for me to make this grand statement - Eric Reid could be the man to take the Bengals to the next level. The LSU prospect has the physical size and strength to instantly upgrade a team that has youth on their side.

A king-pin of one of college football's best defences, Reid is more physical than your average free safety and could be moved to the strong-side without much hassle, which is especially pertinent given the rise of the receiving tight end over the last couple of years.

Reid's biggest asset in my opinion is his ability to read run and come downhill for the tackle. In a strong class of safeties, the 21-year old's ability to get to the line with pace, panache and power is what sets him apart.

Marvin Lewis must be licking his lips...
22nd – St. Louis Rams – Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tenn.
Picked by Richard Penwright

With the safety position solidified with the pick of Vaccaro earlier, it's time for the rams to turn their attention to the WR slot.

Patterson is a beast. He can play outside receiver, slot receiver; running back and he can return the ball. He was definitely one of the players to watch in the sec last season.

If the rams can get the ball in this play makers hands, the fans will soon be forgetting about Danny Amendola.

Unleash the jukeasauras Rex!

23rd – Minnesota Vikings – Kevin Minter, ILB, LSU
Picked by Jon Goddard

There are a couple of gaps in the Vikings team that could be filled here and I was seriously tempted to pick up a guard. If you're team relies that much on Adrian Peterson, you may as well give him someone good to run behind!

However with Minter falling to them it is impossible not to fill the glaring hole at middle linebacker that E.J. Henderson has left. Minter is easily one of the top inside linebackers (he's my #1 rated ILB) in this draft and has pedigree coming from a quality program at LSU. He may not have the range that some NFL teams want out of their linebackers, but he is a classic Mike linebacker that will stuff the run and has a nose for the football.

24th – Indianapolis Colts – Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington.
Picked by Simon Love

I'm going all Al Davis again... I just love fast players! This young man clocked a 4.38 at the combine, blistering pace that will make him useful on special teams as well as on D.

The Colts have a desperately poor secondary, and Trufant gives them much needed depth at corner. He may not be an immediate starter but certainly will be before too long.

With two brothers already playing corner in the NFL, Desmond Trufant has name recognition and the solid background required to develop.

Trufant may not be the best player left on the board, but I feel that the Colts will certainly find a use for his services.

25th – Minnesota Vikings – Keenan Allen, WR, Cal.
Picked by Nathan Sharrocks

The Vikings are in disarray on offence. Adrian Peterson is coming off the back of a season where he was just shy of the rushing record but aside from that they're struggling. Harvin is gone and the offensive line, especially guard, is woefully thin. If, God forbid, Peterson goes down injured they'll be in trouble.

So this pick will be between giving Peterson a guard up front or giving Peterson a much needed receiver to take the pressure off him. They'll no doubt assess the situation and pick as value dictates. In this case, Allen is still on the board so they take him.

Allen is the most naturally athletic WR in this draft. His natural bend in his jumps is superb. However for a big guy his blocking is poor. He also needs an extra step to get into full stride speed. But as a big down field target for Ponder, the Vikings will be more than happy taking him at 25th overall.

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