Pre-Free Agency Mock Draft Update

BREAKING NEWS: The Vikings have traded Percy Harvin to the Seattle Seahawks for a first- and seventh-round pick this year and a mid-round selection next year.

This would have to happen one day after my mock. Concerns about how this affects my attempt at pseudo-journalism aside, this means I’ll have to scrap large elements of my mock to reflect that the Vikings now have two picks (and need a receiver more than ever before).

I’m going to update my draft to reflect the trade. After the jump, I’ll fill you in as to where we are…

I don’t expect this trade to have any effect on the picks that came before it, although it will surely change what happens starting with the #25. So I’m going to start my writeups there. If you forgot what happened with picks 1-24, you can look at parts 1, 2, and 3 of my mock.

I won’t be going into quite as much detail (who wants to do this whole thing twice in 24 hours?) but here are the updated picks I project…

25. Minnesota – Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida St.

They’ll need WR help more than ever now that they’ve traded Percy Harvin, but they need CB help too, and Rhodes is too talented to pass up here.

26. Green Bay – Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame

No change.

27. Houston – Alec Ogletree, ILB, Georgia

No change.

28. Denver – Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M

If the Broncos are really set to let Elvis Dumervil go, they need a replacement. They may feel comfortable with Moore, having drafted his college teammate Von Miller two seasons ago.

29. New England Patriots – Kawann Short, DT, Purdue

No change.

30. Atlanta Falcons – Datone Jones, DE, UCLA

They still need help rushing the passer; they get a different player to do so, but the idea behind the pick is still the same.

31. San Francisco 49ers – Margus Hunt, DE, SMU

No change.

32. Baltimore Ravens – Kevin Minter, ILB, LSU

No change.

…so it ends up that I didn’t actually do very much different, other than re-arrange a few picks at the back half of the round. I’ve also changed round 2 in a few spots:

At #52 Minnesota now takes Terrance Williams instead of Darius Slay, as they need wide receiver help even more badly than they did before.

At #56 Seattle takes Sam Montgomery, as they’re now in the market for a defensive end opposite Chris Clemons.

And at #60, with Montgomery gone, Atlanta takes Darius Slay to fill the void at cornerback left by the release of Dunta Robinson.

In a couple of weeks, when the early wave of free agency has settled, I’ll write up a new mock. Until then, keep your eyes peeled for round 3 later today.

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