Wednesday, April 13, 2011
A twist in this Todd McShay mock draft
By Kevin Seifert
I'm all for traveling outside of the box to conduct an otherwise traditional exercise, so kudos to ESPN's Todd McShay for steering two NFL scouts through a mock draft that produced some interesting results based, I think, more on the best player available at each spot than the likely target of individual teams.
With that in mind, let's take a look at the players our teams received in this exercise:
12. Minnesota Vikings
Player: Auburn nose tackle Nick Fairley
Seifert comment: Earlier this year, Fairley was considered the top prospect in the draft. Scouts Inc. now ranks him No. 11 overall. Vikings coach Leslie Frazier has made clear that he wants to rejuvenate the defensive line, and the possible departure of free agent Pat Williams would open a hole that Fairley could fill.
13. Detroit Lions
Player: USC offensive tackle Tyron Smith
Seifert comment: In this mock, Clemson defensive end Da'Quan Bowers was already off the board. (Varying reports about his knee injury have caused some to speculate he will be available when the Lions choose.) I would be more than fine with Smith, who might be the top tackle in the draft. Coincidentally, he visited the Lions' Allen Park facility Wednesday.
29. Chicago Bears
Player: Baylor nose tackle Phil Taylor
Seifert comment: This would be an interesting choice. The Scouts Inc. scouting report on Taylor paints him as a classic 335-pound run-stopping nose tackle. But the Bears need a pass-rushing three-technique defensive tackle much more following the release of Tommie Harris, even if unproven Henry Melton ultimately makes a successful transition from the end position.
32. Green Bay Packers
Player: Baylor guard Danny Watkins
Seifert comment: At No. 32, general manager Ted Thompson could go in any number of directions. The Packers are set at right guard with Josh Sitton but have not displayed significant interest in signing left guard Daryn Colledge to a long-term deal.