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The Packers will likely lose B.J. Raji to free agency and will need a replacement to limit division rushers like Adrian Peterson and Matt Forte. Nix is the type of space-eating nose tackle that will thrive in the Packers’ scheme and will free up Green Bay’s linebackers and down lineman to make more plays.
22. Philadelphia Eagles - Louisville Safety Calvin Pryor
Philadelphia finished dead last in the NFL in passing yardage surrendered per game with 290, and desperately needs a physical presence in the secondary. Pryor is skyrocketing up draft boards and would have been the best player on Louisville’s roster if not for Bridgewater. He has the range to be effective as a center fielder, but could also be an enforcer in the box.
23. Kansas City Chiefs - USC WR Marqise Lee
The Chiefs need to find a more consistent weapon opposite Dwayne Bowe than players like Donnie Avery, and Lee would be a great addition to Kansas City’s passing game. He struggled with nagging injuries last season, but is still regarded as a top receiving prospect after posting more than 2,800 receiving yards and 25 touchdowns in the last two seasons.
24. Cincinnati Bengals - Missouri DE Kony Ealy
The Bengals need reinforcements on the defensive line with Geno Atkins coming off a torn ACL and Michael Johnson likely leaving in free agency. It would be a major coup for Ealy to last this long, and the Bengals would snatch him up immediately. Ealy had nine sacks last season and would be best used in a slowly increasing role as a pass rusher until he can better develop other defensive lineman skills.
25. San Diego Chargers - TCU CB Jason Verrett
San Diego’s pass defense was among the worst in the NFL last season after giving up 259 yards passing per game. The Chargers could use another offensive lineman, but Verrett gets the nod here as a chance to add talent around Eric Weddle. He’s a little undersized compared to some of the other corners getting first-round attention, but he makes up for it in coverage skills.
26. Cleveland Browns - Alabama LB C.J. Mosley
Mosley is another prospect that could go much earlier, but he falls to Cleveland in this mock. New head coach Mike Pettine knows the value of a talented inside linebacker after coaching Kiko Alonso last season, and Mosley could be even better. Although Alabama defenders usually have low ceilings in the NFL simply because they’re so well-coached in Tuscaloosa, Mosley is an exception and would complement last year’s first rounder, Barkevious Mingo, well.Next Page >
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