- Kevin Seifert, NFL Nation
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We're still hashing through the results of the 2013 NFL draft. Mel Kiper Jr.? He's already produced his first Big Board for the 2014 affair.
You'll need an Insider subscription to see the entire post, which lists Kiper's 25 best college prospects after spring practices. From an NFC North perspective, here are a few snippets:
If you're wondering about the Minnesota Vikings' options if quarterback Christian Ponder bombs in this crucial year, or about the Chicago Bears if they move on from Jay Cutler, it's worth noting Kiper lists three quarterbacks. In order: Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater, Clemson's Tajh Boyd and Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel. You would have to assume that Manziel, the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner, will be a polarizing draft figure given his willingness to run and his size (6-foot, 207 pounds).
If you want the Vikings, Bears or Lions to seek receiver help next year, you should know that there are three among Kiper's top 25: USC's Marqise Lee, Clemson's Sammy Watkins and Texas A&M's Mike Evans.
If the Green Bay Packers can get in position to draft an elite left tackle, Kiper projects four among his top 11 overall prospects:: Alabama's Cyrus Kouandijo, Texas A&M's Jake Matthews, Michigan's Taylor Lewan and Tennessee's Antonio Richardson.
Finally, if an NFC North team crashes hard enough to claim the No. 1 overall spot, Kiper will be quite upset if it doesn't draft South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.