Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Examining Kiper and McShay mocks
By Bill Williamson
On the eve of the NFL draft, Mel Kiper and Todd McShay (his is a complete seven-round mock) have offered mock drafts in Insider pieces. Let’s check out their AFC West choices:
No. 11, Kansas City
Kiper pick: David DeCastro, OG, Stanford
McShay pick: Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis
My take: In our bloggers live mock draft Monday, I went with DeCastro. I think the Chiefs will believe he is a safer pick than Poe. He has scared some teams off because of a lack of college production.
No. 18, San Diego
Kiper pick: Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa
McShay pick: DeCastro
My take: These are two interesting picks. I think, in Kiper’s scenario, Poe may be a more needed pick team Reiff, although Reiff would be a good value pick. I love DeCastro as a choice, but in McShay’s scenario, I might take North Carolina pass-rusher Quinton Coples because of need. Either way, these drafts fall pretty well for San Diego.
No. 25, Denver
Kiper pick: Michael Brockers, DT, LSU
McShay pick: Jerel Worthy, DT, Michigan State
My take: I think both of these mocks are on par. If Brockers is available, he will likely be the choice. If not, Worthy is a smart pick. Denver would be happy either way.
Oakland traded the No. 17 pick to Cincinnati in a package for quarterback Carson Palmer.