Vikings and Packers to Add Defensive Tackles In First Round of 2013 Draft?
The NFL Draft is next month and while free agency moves will impact who teams select in the first couple of rounds, that didn't stop ESPN's Todd McShay from doing an all new mock draft.
With his latest prediction, he has the Minnesota Vikings selecting DT Sylvester Williams from North Carolina. McShay says this about the pick: Defensive tackle isn't a top need, and the Vikings have bigger needs at wide receiver, outside linebacker and offensive tackle. But Williams is a good fit in defensive coordinator Alan Williams' Tampa 2 defense. Williams is quick and active and has very good football character, too.
As for the Green Bay Packers, he has them also taking a DT in Georgia's John Jenkins. About the pick, he says: Nose tackle is not a pressing need, but it's tough to find massive pluggers with some mobility like Jenkins. He's a massive two-gap nose tackle with wide trunk, and he has adequate-to-good initial quickness and body control for a guy his size. He has tree trunks for arms and flashes the ability to lock out.
I personally think the Vikings will address their need at WR or in the secondary as early as possible, but their defensive line is getting up there in age so I wouldn't rule this prediction out. Receivers take two to three years to make an impact generally, so free agency may be the way to get the best player and use the second round to draft one. Of course, whether or not Percy Harvin is traded will have a major impact on such decisions.
The Packers need defensive help and a running back, but those can be found in later rounds. Maybe the 'Pack will make a play for a free agent back.
No matter how it goes, I'm looking forward to April 25th and the start of the NFL Draft. Who you think the Vikings or Packers should take with their first picks?