- Kevin Seifert, NFL Nation
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Let's catch up on Todd McShay's latest mock draft, one that shakes up the conventional thinking for a couple NFC North teams and points us squarely toward the offseason now that the NFL's 2011 season is fully complete. You'll need an Insider subscription to see the entire draft, but I can offer you a division-centric glimpse:
3. Minnesota Vikings
McShay pick: Iowa offensive tackle Riley Reiff
Seifert comment: In this scenario, USC tackle Matt Kalil is already off the board. Mocks don't typically account for trades, which I'm guessing the Vikings would pursue if they can't draft Kalil and Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III is still on the board. Otherwise, the Vikings would have to determine if the draft's second-best left tackle is a better option than its top cornerback (LSU's Morris Claiborne) or best receiver (Oklahoma State's Justin Blackmon).
19. Chicago Bears
McShay pick: Baylor receiver Kendall Wright
Seifert comment: McShay thinks Wright is "on the rise" and chose him over Notre Dame's Michael Floyd. Wright will be one of the fastest receivers available in the draft but at 5-foot-10, he wouldn't qualify as a so-called "big" receiver.
23. Detroit Lions
McShay pick: Georgia guard Cordy Glenn
Seifert comment: This pick would fall under the "best available player" category. The Lions seem set with Rob Sims at left guard and Stephen Peterman on the right side, and McShay thinks that Glenn could develop into a right tackle. Regardless, if the Lions have a need at offensive line, it's at left tackle, where starter Jeff Backus is approaching his 35th birthday and is a pending free agent.