Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Mel Kiper mock: Three rounds!
By Kevin Seifert
ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. took a stab at a three-round mock draft using only his personal rankings of players. In this edition, Kiper did not take into consideration who he thought the teams might be leaning toward. Kiper is the judge and jury here. My comments follow his picks:
1. Illinois defensive end Whitney Mercilus
2. Appalachian State wide receiver Brian Quick
3. Penn State defensive tackle Devon Still
Seifert comment: Most everyone agrees the Bears need to find some help at defensive end, and their inability to do so in free agency leaves the draft as their final option. Mercilus has gotten as much attention as anyone at that pick. Quick is a 6-foot-3 receiver who ran a 4.55 at the scouting combine but, like veteran Brandon Marshall, would offer a different skill set than what the Bears have been using in recent years.
1. Nebraska outside linebacker Lavonte David
2. Montana cornerback Trumaine Johnson
3. Boise State safety George Iloka
Seifert comment: I like the David pick mostly because it mirrors the thought process Lions general manager Martin Mayhew usually takes in the draft. Need, or lack thereof, won't influence his decisions anywhere but at quarterback. If David or another linebacker sits high on the Mayhew's draft board, the Lions won't hesitate to take him if he's there at No. 23.
Green Bay Packers
1. Boise State linebacker Shea McClellin
2. Nebraska defensive end Jared Crick
3. South Carolina safety Antonio Allen
Seifert comment: McClellin is getting a lot of discussion as a so-called late riser who would fit the versatile pass-rushing role the Packers would like to have. Meanwhile, the third round is a solid place to find a potential replacement for safety Nick Collins if he retires.
1. USC tackle Matt Kalil
2. Notre Dame safety Harrison Smith
3. Iowa receiver Marvin McNutt
Seifert comment: Kiper notes he would try to trade down in the first round and would consider LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne if he couldn't. But in the end, there aren't many people who think the Vikings will look elsewhere from Kalil if they keep the No. 3 spot. Getting Smith in the second round would be a nice pick if he is still available.