2013 NFL Mock Draft V3.0: Picks 16-23 (Gallery)
16. Cincinnati Bengals: Johnathan Banks
CB, Mississippi State
Bengals brass has put together a nice little offense, now all attention needs to turn to the defense. A defensive tackle would work here, but a cornerback makes more sense. Johnathan Banks will be the best one available at this point. Dee Milliner or Jordan Poyer (especially Poyer) would be better options if they are still on the board, though.
17. Dallas Cowboys: Matt Barkley
This is a lot less crazy now than it was two weeks ago when we first brought it up, right? There just isn’t much in the way of offense in this draft. Barkley's team, admittedly, wasn’t as good as advertised in 2012 – but neither was he. If the Cowboys miss the postseason this year they’re going to look towards life after Tony Romo, and Barkley would be an ideal pick-up at this point in the proceedings.
18. Indianapolis Colts: C.J. Mosley
The Colts need a defensive boost, and C.J. Mosley would bring the speed infusion that this unit desperately requires. Plus, he has a nose for the ball – perfect for a team that has shown a certain propensity for falling asleep against quality running backs. He is clearly the best player around on Alabama defense that has proven to be greater than the sum of its parts. (Not exactly a compliment, but a fair assessment nevertheless.)
19. Minnesota Vikings: Johnathan Hankins
DT, Ohio State
This is an obvious need position for Minnesota, so this pick is self-explanatory. Interestingly enough, Johnathan Jenkins may actually be a better fit here than Hankins would be, but he is too big of a steal this late in the proceedings to pass up on.
20. New Orleans Saints: Johnathan Jenkins
Jarvis Jones has stolen most of the Georgia-related defensive headlines this year, but Johnathan Jenkins has quietly put together a very nice campaign, too. Good player who would aid a defense for which every little bit would help.
21. Seattle Seahawks: Robert Woods
Highly touted USC wide receivers have a notable recent history of not working out in the pros, but obviously Woods will aim to buck the trend. (Although, keep an eye on this pick. Pete Carroll has shown a certain affinity for passing on USC players. It’s almost as if he knows how overrated they are.)
22. Pittsburgh Steelers: Eric Reid
This defense is at its best when it has a really talented safety to roam around and scare opposing offenses. With injuries hampering the Steelers are right now, they need an infusion of youth on this side of the ball. Eric Reid is a very under-the-radar prospect, but he is also exactly the type of player Pittsburgh has picked in years past.
23. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Xavier Rhodes
CB, Florida State
The Bucs’ offense has been amazing in recent weeks, so look for the focus in this year’s proceedings to be on defense. They passed on Morris Claiborne last time and shipped out Aqib Talib, so that pretty much makes it official: this squad is taking a corner here. Xavier Rhodes is the only halfway decent one who will be available once Milliner, Poyer and Banks are off the board.