Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Inspecting McShay Mock 1.0
By Kevin Seifert
You've been waiting for it since April, and now it's arrived. ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay offered his first 2012 mock draft Wednesday, with a draft order that projected the Minnesota Vikings at No. 3, the Chicago Bears at No. 19, the Detroit Lions at No. 25 and the Green Bay Packers at No. 32.
You'll need an Insider subscription to view the entire draft, but here's a look at McShay's suggestions for the four NFC North teams. The comments are mine.
3. Minnesota Vikings
Player: LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne
Seifert Comment: In the midst of a historically bad season of pass defense, it would be hard to argue against drafting the top cornerback available. I'm guessing USC tackle Matt Kalil would have been the choice if the Vikings were at No. 2.
19. Chicago Bears
Player: Notre Dame receiver Michael Floyd
Comment: I thought the Bears settled their need for a "big receiver" by signing Roy Williams, but maybe that's just me. Seriously, it's fair to say the Bears could use another weapon in the passing game. But I can't say it's their top need at this point, if you're a draft-for-need type.
25. Detroit Lions
Player: Virginia Tech running back David Wilson
Comment: The Lions used a first-round pick in 2010 to take Jahvid Best and a second-rounder in 2011 on Mikel Leshoure, but serious injuries to both players leave their 2012 status in the air. Their offense has functioned well with heavy emphasis on the pass, but I'm sure they would like to balance it out a bit.
32. Green Bay Packers
Player: Oklahoma linebacker Ronnell Lewis
Comment: Taking another swing at finding a pass rusher opposite Clay Matthews. Sounds like a good idea, if Lewis turns pro.