- Kevin Seifert, NFL Nation
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ESPN analyst Mel Kiper's latest draft exercise is not intended to be predictive, but rather a commentary on how the draft would go if he were choosing for each team. This draft includes trades, several of which involved NFC North teams, and a total of three rounds. I can't give away the entire store -- it's an Insider file and requires a subscription -- but here is what I can slip your way:
Round 1: Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner
Round 2: Florida State defensive end Bjoern Werner
Seifert comment: Kiper has the Lions trading up to the No. 1 overall pick to draft Milliner, who is at least a possibility to be taken No. 1 by the Kansas City Chiefs. Milliner is an elite player at a position of need, but is he good enough to merit this move? Perhaps it's time for the Lions to make such a commitment to fortify a long-depleted position.
Round 1: Oregon offensive lineman Kyle Long
Round 2: Connecticut linebacker Sio Moore
Seifert comment: Both of the top two middle linebackers, Alec Ogletree and Manti Te'o, are off the board by No. 20. Long hasn't been valued by media analysts as a top-20 pick, but he can play guard and tackle. Moore could play multiple linebacker spots (but not at once).
Round 1: Tennessee receiver Cordarrelle Patterson
Round 2: Georgia defensive tackle John Jenkins
Round 2: Florida linebacker Jonathan Bostic
Seifert comment: Yes, Kiper has the Vikings trading their second pick in the first-round, the one obtained for receiver Percy Harvin. So they get Patterson, a big-play outside receiver, in the first round and a potential replacement for Kevin Williams in Jenkins early in the second round with the pick recouped in the Kiper trade. And before it's over, Kiper has the Vikings getting their middle linebacker (Bostic) with their own pick in the third.
Round 1: Florida International safety Jonathan Cyprien
Round 2: Clemson receiver DeAndre Hopkins
Seifert comment: Kiper is among those who think the Packers need more playmaking from the safety position after releasing Charles Woodson. You would think the Packers have targeted 2012 draft pick Jerron McMillian to start next to Morgan Burnett, but you never know. And as we discussed earlier Wednesday, you can never rule out the Packers drafting a receiver.