2013 DBN Mock Draft: Minnesota Vikings Select Xavier Rhodes at No. 25

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With the 25th pick in the 2013 Dawgs By Nature NFL Community Mock Draft, the Minnesota Vikings select...

Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State

This selection and write-up was made by Legoman0721:

After doing some more digging, I realized that nobody can agree on what order the cornerbacks in this draft will go after Milliner. As I mentioned in the last pick writeup, the Vikings need some help defending the pass. With a premium pass rusher on board already, it's time to look at the back end of their defense and help shore it up. When you play in the NFC North, you have to have a good pass defense to survive every year. I think a big CB like Rhodes will really help to defend the Megatron/Marshall type of receiver that the Vikings see so often. He's a big, strongly built CB that matches up well against big receivers, and he's a very talented player with surprising quickness for his size. I think he's the best of the big corners that are in this year's draft class.

I can't say for sure where he will be listed on the depth chart, but I think that by the end of the season Rhodes will be covering the other team's biggest receiver. (This assumes that he stays healthy, which is a legitimate concern with Rhodes.) This will help his fellow DBs by effectively bumping them down the depth chart and allowing them to cover lesser receivers that they match up better with.

I also strongly considered a DT such as Sylvester Williams, but I think that there is still enough depth at that position left in our draft for the Vikings to wait for their next pick to fill that void.

Even though he covered his logic about not going with an offensive player at No. 23 overall due to the Vikings having Adrian Peterson, isn't it a little funny that the one-man show on offense can't get some help, despite Minnesota having two first-round picks? The Vikings have a lot of flexibility with two picks so close to each other, and no matter what they do, they should be able to get some nice value.

The Green Bay Packers are up next, led by Jon Stinchcomb.

2013 DBN Community Mock Draft Results (so far)

Pick Team Player Pos School User
1 Kansas City Dee Milliner CB Alabama BuenosAires_Dawg
2 Jacksonville Dion Jordan DE/OLB Oregon Adrock2099
3 Oakland Luke Joeckel OT Texas A&M TuckJob
4 Philadelphia Eric Fisher OT Central Michigan Chalmdeezy
5 Detroit Ezekiel Ansah DE/OLB BYU macdowellm03
6 Cleveland Jarvis Jones OLB Georgia Cedarpoint2k3
7 Arizona Chance Warmack OG Alabama Mudville
8 Buffalo Geno Smith QB West Virginia Stigosaurus
9 New York Jets Cordarrelle Patterson WR Tennessee notthatnoise
10 Tennessee Kenny Vaccaro SS Texas pt_999
11 San Diego Lane Johnson OT Oklahoma JamesPowell
12 Miami Desmond Trufant CB Washington Weeden2Gordon
13 Tampa Bay Sherrif Floyd DT Florida LessThanJake
14 Carolina Star Lotulelei DT Utah rossn2007
15 New Orleans Damonte Moore DE/OLB Texas A&M Ted Washington's Belly
16 St. Louis Tavon Austin WR West Virginia nickjs21
17 Pittsburgh Sheldon Richardson DT Missouri HenryDawg
18 Dallas Jonathan Cooper OG UNC jimkanicki
19 New York Giants Alex Okafor DE Texas Red-Right-88
20 Chicago Arthur Brown LB Kansas State PaduaDSP
21 Cincinnati Jonathan Cyprien SS FIU troy145
22 St. Louis Alec Ogletree LB Georgia nickjs21
23 Minnesota Bjoern Werner DE Florida State Legoman0721
24 Indianapolis DeAndre Hopkins WR Clemson Mike Krupka
25 Minnesota Xavier Rhodes CB Florida State Legoman0721
26 Green Bay Jon Stinchcomb
27 Houston The B-Train
28 Denver KillerNut
29 New England roar888
30 Atlanta Matt Wood
31 San Francisco rufio
32 Baltimore Ecwingen
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