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SB Nation Writers Mock Draft: Explaining Our Second Round Pick

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Jeff Gross

If you caught it earlier today, our selection in the second round of the 2013 SB Nation Writers Mock Draft has been posted.

After the New York Giants jumped in and took Manti Te'o at #49 overall, we decided to shift our focus to the offensive side of the ball and try to fill some of the holes at the wide receiver position. To that end, we decided to select Southern Cal wide receiver Robert Woods.

Woods is not necessarily a "deep threat," though he does have above-average speed. More importantly, however, Woods has good hands and runs good routes, which is much more important in the short-to-medium range passing game that the Vikings want to implement with Greg Jennings and Kyle Rudolph already in the fold.

Woods had a great sophomore season for the Trojans, accumulating a ridiculous 111 catches and finding the end zone 15 times. As a junior, he found himself across from Marqise Lee, who might be the most talented wide receiver in the college game right now. So, even though he dropped to 74 catches and 11 touchdowns, it's not as though he suddenly lost a bunch of his talent or anything like that. He also had an ankle issue as a junior, as he had arthroscopic surgery on it in December.

Robert Woods is starting to make a push that could see him wind up in the bottom of the first round of this year's draft, so to get him in the second round in this scenario is a pretty good value, in my opinion. With our three picks in this year's SB Nation Writers Mock Draft, I'd have to say we got ourselves three very talented players in Woods, Ohio State defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins, and Florida State defensive end Bjoern Werner. If the scenario were to continue on, the defensive secondary would definitely be the focus in the third round, I think.

What do you folks think of the selection?

You can follow the 2013 SB Nation Writers Mock Draft right here.