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May 2, 2013
NFL Draft Recap, Including Undrafted FA's
Jonathan Cooper - Round 1, 7th pick, 7th overall
For a team that has struggled for the past couple of years to protect the football and the quarterback, the Cardinals were looking for someone athletic enough and the built (311 pounds) to protect Carson Palmer or whoever may be at quarterback. Arizona gave up 58 sacks last year and only averaged 187.8 yards passing last year.
Sylvester Williams - Round 1, 28th pick, 28th overall
The Broncos fell right into a position that they had hoped for. Williams visited the Broncos not to long before the draft and before one knew it, Williams made it to the Broncos late in the first round. Williams will be able to provide some more defensive power, with a team who already ranked in the top five in both passing and rushing defense. With Peyton Manning at quarterback, Williams has a great chance to compete for a Super bowl next year.
Giovani Bernard - Round 2, 5th pick, 37th overall
Bernard was an explosive weapon for the Tar Heels during his career, as the Bengals must have realized all aspects of the game he could affect. Bernard wasn't predicted to be the first running back off the board, but that is how it ended up. Now, one will have to see if he can fit in the backfield of BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Bernard Scott, as well as compete at special teams.
Brennan Williams - Round 3, 27th pick, 89th overall
Houston didn't have a great offensive line on the right side due to injuries and will look to protect who they have in the backfield, along with opening up wholes for Arian Foster. Also, Williams played with backup quarterback T.J. Yates, so there could some familiarity. However, one will have to see how Williams will do after coming off an injury. But could be a true rock on the offensive line.
Travis Bond - Round 7, 27th pick, 214th overall
Guard was a need for the Minnesota Vikings after they loss Geoff Schwartz, who signed with Kansas City in the offseason. Bond was known for his size, as he comes into camp weighing 330 pounds and being a true big man that could help bring depth to the line for Christian Ponder and Adrian Peterson.
Undrafted Free Agents
Not a bad pick up for both parties, as Casey Barth will be able to provide some back up help for Matt Bryant, who was one of the top kickers last year. However, he is 37 years old, so the Falcons will have to have someone help out in the kicking game if needed and possibly for the future. Barth now goes to a team also, ready to compete for a Super Bowl.
New Orleans Saints
The Saints were a terrible defense last year, giving up more yardage than anyone in the history of the NFL. Kevin Reddick seems like it was a little bit of steal, as he was projected somewhere in the fourth for fifth rounds, even though he is a smaller linebacker. He will be able to provide some depth at the linebacker area, while hopefully being able to contribute to the worse defense in the NFL. He certainly has a chance to make an early impression.
Minnesota picked up a few wide receivers in the undrafted free agent market and Highsmith was one of them. Highsmith will certainly have his work cut out for him but with the Vikings getting rid of their best weapon in Percy Harvin, there is a chance to make a little noise on the team, while learning from veteran Greg Jennings.