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No. 10: New York Jets — Brock Bowers, TE, Georgia
The Jets would prefer one of the top receivers or offensive linemen, but Brock Bowers isn’t a bad consolation prize. Aaron Rodgers needs another go-to target in the passing game, and Bowers' ability after the catch and expansive route tree should provide that.
No. 11: Minnesota Vikings — Dallas Turner, EDGE, Alabama
A quarterback is the biggest need for Minnesota, but a pass rusher is not far behind. Dallas Turner is an athletic freak, boasting a body chiseled from stone and the quickest first step in the class. If none of the passers warrant this high of a selection, Turner is a nice pivot.
No. 12: Denver Broncos — Laiatu Latu, EDGE, UCLA
Pretty much everything said about the Vikings fits for the Broncos as well. For today’s mock draft, Denver follows the same path as Minnesota by choosing its highest-rated player, rather than forcing a quarterback.
Laiatu Latu would be in the running for a top-five spot in this class if not for sketchy medicals. He was forced to retire earlier in his collegiate career, but on tape, no one is better at getting to the pocket. Latu is a natural bender with an array of pass-rushing moves up his sleeve.
No. 13: Las Vegas Raiders — Michael Penix Jr., QB, Washington
The Raiders will be holding their breath in hopes of Michael Penix Jr. falling to No. 13. After another tumultuous season for the fan base, there’s a chance Raider Nation would revolt if any position other than quarterback is taken.
Penix Jr., like Latu, would be long gone if it wasn’t for extensive injury concerns. Still, for a roster that was surprisingly close to contending for the playoffs, Penix’s arm strength, experience as a starter, and accurate ball placement could be the final push the locker room needs.
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No. 14: New Orleans Saints — Keon Coleman, WR, Florida State
The Saints will consider several defenders at this spot, but Keon Coleman gives them the best blend of upside and value. Coleman is not quite the prospect of the top three wideouts, but the Florida State alum is built well, can go up and get any pass, and even spotlights as a returner on special teams.