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NFL Mock Draft 2013: Broncos could target CB Xavier Rhodes

With Champ Bailey getting older, Rhodes could be a future replacement.


The Denver Broncos might need some help in their secondary next season, so why not fix that problem through the draft? has the Broncos selecting Florida State cornerback Xavier Rhodes with the last pick in the first round. Here's what they had to say about Rhodes going to Denver:

The Broncos need a CB, even if they manage to win a title off Peyton's right arm. Champ Bailey is in his mid-thirties. If he pulls a Ronde Barber and moves to safety then suddenly this CB unit becomes realy average.

Rhodes declared for the NFL Draft earlier this month.

Rhodes had a strong year for the Seminoles. In 12 games, he racked up three interceptions and 39 total tackles. In the Discover Orange Bowl against Northern Illinois, Rhodes recorded two solo tackles and two assisted tackles.

He is considered the No. 2 cornerback in the draft by

The Broncos need a contingency plan if veteran cornerback Champ Bailey retires or is moved to safety, and Rhodes may just be that. Bailey is a 12-time Pro Bowler who has picked off 52 passes in 210 career games, so filling his shoes wouldn't be easy.