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Kiper and McShay mocks: NFC North

4/25/2012

We noted earlier that ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay had changed his pick for the Minnesota Vikings at No. 3 overall in his latest mock draftInsider, elevating LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne into a slot long held by USC left tackle Matt Kalil. ESPN's Mel Kiper joined McShay in that swap in an updated mock released WednesdayInsider. Now let's take a look at their picks for the rest of the division:

19. Chicago Bears

Kiper:
Illinois defensive end Whitney Mercilus

McShay: North Carolina defensive end Quinton Coples

Seifert comment: There seems to be universal mock agreement that, all things relatively equal, the Bears will choose a defensive end rather than an offensive lineman in the first round. Mercilus was my choice in the ESPN blogger mock draft. Coples would be a fascinating debate if he falls as far as No. 19. He has top-10 talent but there are lingering questions about his work ethic after a lackluster 2011 season.

23. Detroit Lions

Kiper:
Boise State running back Doug Martin

McShay: Stanford offensive tackle Jonathan Martin

Seifert comment: I realize the Lions have a need in the backfield, but will they really spend a high draft choice on a running back for the third consecutive year? We've wondered collectively how valuable running backs really are here in the NFC North's Air and Space division. At this point in McShay's mock, three cornerbacks were already off the board.

28. Green Bay Packers

Kiper:
Boise State linebacker Shea McClellin

McShay: Illinois defensive end Whitney Mercilus

Seifert comment: We haven't had much of any discussion on the connection between Mercilus and the Packers, who run a 3-4 and presumably would need to use him at outside linebacker. I would be surprised if he is available at No. 28, but no one really knows anything at this point. McClellin was my choice in the blogger mock.

(Note: McShay's mock goes a full seven rounds. You'll need an Insider subscription to see beyond what I've provided.)