NFL: Mock Draft 26-22

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Continuing our NFL mock draft it is time to look the teams that will be picking from 22 to 26 starting with the Baltimore Ravens...

You can see picks 32-27 of our NFL mock draft here.

26 - Baltimore Ravens

Needs - Wide Receiver, Cornerback

Steve Smith, age 36, is currently the Ravens number one wide receiver. Smith is still a good WR but he isn't at wide receiver number one level anymore. Fortunately for the Ravens, despite picking at 26 DeVante Parker has fallen to them. 6'3'' and 290 pounds, Parker is yet another wide receiver who will create mismatch nightmares for opposition defenses.

First Round Pick - DeVante Parker

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25 - Carolina Panthers

Needs - Offensive Tackles, Running Back, Wide Receiver

The Panthers need to start protecting Cam Newton better than they have been. So basically they need to get better at offensive tackle. They will take the best player available in the position and that will be D.J. Humphries from Florida.

First Round Pick - D.J. Humphries

24 - Arizona Cardinals

Needs - Running Back, Cornerback, Pass Rush

In an ideal world the Cardinals would take a running back here. The problem is however, that Melvin Gordon and Todd Gurley are unlikely to make it down to the Cardinals and the likes of Jay Ajayi would be a reach in the first round.

Similarly, the cornerbacks available at this point in the draft are not really first round calibre either. The Cardinals were the unluckiest team in the NFL last season as multiple QB injuries hammered them hard. Their luck will turn however and they don't need to chase a player in the draft.

Arizona are a fantastically coached team and they will bet that turning that one first round pick into multiple other picks will pay dividends.

First Round Pick - Trade down

23 - Detroit Lions

Needs - Defensive Tackle, Right Tackle, Guard, Running Back

The loss of Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley has left a hole in the Lions defensive line that needs to be filled up as soon as possible. So desperate is the need of the Detroit Lions that it is conceivable that they will look to trade up to ensure they get a top quality defensive lineman.

As it is though, I don't see the Lions trading up to get any of the top defensive line talent and as such they will likely wait until the second round. If they are not fixing up the defensive line then it seems likely that Detroit will turn their attention to the running back position.

The man they will likely target will be running back Melvin Gordon. Gordon is the sort of running back who be both a threat on the ground and a threat out of the backfield as a pass catcher.

First Round Pick - Melvin Gordon (Running Back)

22 - Pittsburgh Steelers

Needs - Cornerback, safety, Linebacker

The Steelers need to improve at both cornerback and safety. By the time they get to pick though, the cornerbacks worthy of a first round pick have gone and the best safety in the draft, Landon Collins, is too much of a reach. Instead of fixing the secondary, the Steelers will have to look towards improving the linebacker position.

The Steelers have brought back James Harrison but Harrison is at best a short term solution given his age. Anyway Harrison isn't going to come close to making up for the retirement of star inside linebacker Jason Worilds.

To replace Worilds the Steelers will have to look at the inside linebackers available in the draft. It may surprise some but McKinney is who they should look at. McKinney should be a three down backer in the NFL who is able to rush the QB and at his size, 6'4'' and almost 250 pounds, this is a trait that teams will place a very, very high premium on.

First Round Pick - Benardrick McKinney

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