NFL Mock Draft 1.0: Run on offensive tackles has Steelers going defense

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23. Minnesota Vikings: Kelee Ringo, CB, Georgia

Last year at this time, nabbing Kelee Ringo at pick 23 would have looked like an absolute steal. However, the talented Georgia CB wasn't as good in 2022, and there are some concerns about his insticts and fuildity in coverage. Still, the Vikings value the CB position as much as anybody, and they might be willing to take a chance on a talented player like Ringo here.

24. Jacksonville Jaguars: Darnell Wright, TE, Georgia

The Jaguars philosophy must be to continue to surround Trevor Lawrence with weapons to ensure that he will reach his incredibly high ceiling. Darnell Wright can help Jacksonville in multiple facets. Just because he wasn't the most productive TE on his own college team doesn't mean that he won't be a monster in the NFL. With extremely rare size, and length, Wright could be one of the best 'Y' tight ends in the legue in a few short years. The Jaguars would have their new Marcedes Lewis.

25. New York Giants: Zay Flowers, WR, Boston College

Much Like the Ravens, the New York Giants just can't seem to fix the wide receiver position no matter how hard they try. Kenny Golladay proved to be one of the worst contracts in football and is now released, while Kadarius Toney didn't work out in New York before being shipped to Kansas City. Zay Flowers is undersized, but dynamic and should be able to give QB Daniel Jones a boost.

26. Dallas Cowboys: Drew Sanders, LB, Arkansas

The Cowboys would have liked a cornerback like Cam Smith here, but they miss out on the first wave of talent. Instead, they settle for a solid consolation prize in linebacker, Drew Sanders. Dallas found success with Leighton Vander Esch back in 2018. Now they get another big off-ball linebacker from the mid-west. Sanders is a giften athlete who can step in and make a difference on their defense early.

27. Buffalo Bills: O'Cyrus Torrence, OG, Florida

The Bills are still simply too high-variance on offense from game to game. Though another pass-catching option would be nice, I think Buffalo elects to take the best avaiolble offensive lineman if the board lays out like this. O'Cyrus Torrence is a plug-and-play starter with elite size and strength.