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Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Double trouble in McShay mock 4.0

By Kevin Seifert

ESPN analyst Todd McShay's latest mock draft Insider carries an added bonus for lockout-weary readers: Second-round projections! You'll need a subscription to see all 64 picks, but I'm authorized to provide you with the NFC North-related scraps. Let's get to it:

Minnesota Vikings
McShay's pick at No. 12:
Boston College offensive tackle Anthony Castonzo
McShay's pick at No. 43: TCU quarterback Andy Dalton
Seifert comment: In this scenario, McShay has the Vikings passing on Washington quarterback Jake Locker and grabbing a quarterback in the second round. The Vikings are one of the teams that have scheduled a private workout with Dalton; and in this mock, Arkansas' Ryan Mallett and Florida State's Christian Ponder were already off the board by the No. 43 pick. Castonzo would be the second offensive lineman chosen and could compete with right tackle Phil Loadholt for a starting job immediately.

Detroit Lions
McShay's pick at No. 13: Nebraska cornerback Prince Amukamara
McShay's pick at No. 44: Baylor guard Danny Watkins
Seifert comment: Even McShay acknowledges that having Amukamara slip to No. 13 would be a "dream scenario." You wouldn't find many people who would pass him up at No. 13, and if this somehow happens, consider it a coup for the Lions. He would be an immediate starter and a huge upgrade. But I have my doubts about an elite cover cornerback with 4.37 speed getting out of the top 10 of the draft.

Chicago Bears
McShay's pick at No. 29:
Mississippi State offensive tackle Derek Sherrod
McShay's pick at No. 62: North Carolina defensive tackle Marvin Austin
Seifert comment: At this point in the mock, five offensive linemen were already off the board. That would put the Bears in a tough spot if they were determined to draft one with their top pick. Sherrod would be next in line, but maybe not worth a first-round positioning. It's an interesting scenario.

Green Bay Packers
McShay's pick at No. 32:
Arizona defensive end/linebacker Brooks Reed
McShay's pick at No. 64: Miami (Fla.) defensive end Allen Bailey
Seifert comment: McShay is joining colleague Mel Kiper Jr. in suggesting Reed as the Packers' top pick, a player who conceivably would fill the need for a consistent starter opposite Clay Matthews. Meanwhile, Bailey would give the Packers some added insurance against the expected loss of veteran free agent Cullen Jenkins.