Wednesday, February 16, 2011
DraftWatch2011: Kiper mock 2.0
By Kevin Seifert
Mel Kiper's second mock draft of the year offers some interesting names and positions for NFC North teams. You'll need an Insider subscription to read the entire draft, as well as Mel's comments. But by the power of Grayskull, I can reveal Mel's selections for our four teams.
12. Minnesota Vikings
Mel's pick: North Carolina defensive end Robert Quinn
Seifert comment: Two of the Vikings' top three defensive ends are unsigned for 2011: Ray Edwards and Brian Robison. Backup Everson Griffen already has had a rocky offseason. But Quinn would be a value pick regardless. He didn't play in 2010 because of a suspension, but Kiper considers him a Pro Bowl-level defensive end in a 4-3 scheme.
13. Detroit Lions
Mel's pick: Colorado cornerback Jimmy Smith
Seifert comment: Cornerback should be one of the Lions' highest priorities this offseason. Smith hasn't gotten as much attention as some other college cornerbacks, but Kiper refers to him as a "late riser" who will cement his status at the scouting combine later this month. Getting a starting-caliber cornerback at No. 13 would be a coup.
29. Chicago Bears
Mel's pick: Villanova offensive tackle Ben Ijalana
Seifert comment: Has played left tackle, but at just under 6-foot-4, Ijalana might be best suited for right tackle. Regardless, the Bears could make a case for drafting a player at any of the five offensive line positions.
32. Green Bay Packers
Mel's pick: Georgia linebacker Justin Houston
Seifert comment: If he is as good of a playmaker as advertised, Houston would make a nice bookend for Packers linebacker Clay Matthews. The Packers never had a full-time starter at the position in 2010.