Wednesday, April 20, 2011
McShay mock: Passing on Da'Quan Bowers
By Kevin Seifert
Todd McShay's latest mock draft , published Wednesday on ESPN.com, offers three scenarios for each spot before deciding on a selection. It's worth noting that, hours after we asked you about Clemson defensive end Da'Quan Bowers, McShay has both the Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions passing on him.
You'll need an Insider subscription to view the entire draft, but here's how it shook out for the four NFC North teams:
12. Minnesota Vikings
McShay's pick: Cal defensive end Cameron Jordan
Seifert comment: The son of former Vikings tight end Steve Jordan would be a solid pick, but taking him ahead of Bowers? That can only mean the Vikings would have serious concerns about Bowers' knee. Another possibility: Boston College tackle Anthony Castonzo.
13. Detroit Lions
McShay's pick: Nebraska cornerback Prince Amukamara
Seifert comment: This remains a dream scenario as far as I'm concerned. When we discussed this issue earlier this month, I wasn't considering Bowers as a true option. But the Lions' need for a cornerback is acute.
29. Chicago Bears
McShay's pick: Baylor guard Danny Watkins
Seifert comment: I would be fine with a guard in this spot, especially considering that five offensive tackles are already off the board in this scenario. I wonder, however, if the Bears would trade out of the pick if that situation arises.
32. Green Bay Packers
McShay's pick: UCLA linebacker Akeem Ayers
Seifert comment: As we've noted all along, outside linebacker is one of the Packers' few actual needs. Be it Arizona's Brooks Reed or Ayers, the pick makes sense.