- Kevin Seifert, NFL Nation
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ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay offered his first mock of the draft season last month, and Mel Kiper followed this week with his Mock 1.0. As always, you'll need an Insider subscription to see the entire post. But as NFC North blogger, I have enough security clearance to pass along his choices for our four teams:
5. Detroit Lions
Kiper pick: Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones
Seifert comment: Jones had 14.5 sacks last season, but you wonder how a pass-rushing outside linebacker would be used in a 4-3 scheme. The idea of adding a playmaker to this defense seems sound, however.
20. Chicago Bears
Kiper pick: Notre Dame TE Tyler Eifert
Seifert comment: General manager Phil Emery has made clear he thinks the team needs more production from the tight end in its passing game. Eifert would join Kyle Rudolph as Notre Dame tight ends in this division.
23. Minnesota Vikings
Kiper pick: Baylor receiver Terrance Williams
Seifert comment: Every mock drafter worth his or her mock draftness is going to connect the Vikings with his or her own favorite receiver. And for good reason.
26. Green Bay Packers
Kiper pick: Stanford TE Zach Ertz
Seifert comment: This pick is based on the assumption that Jermichael Finley won't return in 2013, a possibility coach Mike McCarthy seemed to minimize this week in his end-of-season news conference.