NFC North: McShay Mock 3.0

Since the end of the regular season, and certainly since the release of Nate Burleson, one of the main priorities for upgrading the Detroit Lions has been centered on the wide receivers.

Entering free agency and the draft, the position is Calvin Johnson and a bunch of complementary players with some question marks. Can Kris Durham take another step or is his production as a good depth receiver and plug-in starter? Can Jeremy Ross become more than a return man?

Will Ryan Broyles recover from his third straight season-ending injury?

This will lead Detroit to make plays at the position both in free agency (beginning Tuesday) and potentially in the first round of a receiver-rich NFL draft. While Clemson’s Sammy Watkins likely isn’t going to be around at No. 10, Todd McShay’s pick for the Lions at No. 10 in his third mock draft should be.

Texas A&M’s Mike Evans offers a massive complement on the opposite side of Johnson and would give Detroit three huge targets for Matthew Stafford between Johnson and Evans on the outside and 6-foot-7 tight end Joseph Fauria over the middle and in the red zone. That could turn the Lions’ offense into an explosive group between the size on the outside and over the middle and the speed/strength combination between running backs Reggie Bush and Joique Bell on shorter routes and running the ball.

If Evans is available at No. 10, Detroit will need to take a long look there, provided Watkins is unavailable.

The interesting thing with McShay’s latest mock is the Lions would have to make an actual decision at No. 10. In his draft, UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr, Louisville safety Calvin Pryor and Alabama safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix would all be available to be taken.

McShay goes with Evans – I’d likely do the same – but if the right trade offer was around, I’d look to drop down a few spots and possibly grab one of the safeties or Barr in Round 1 and nab a receiver and tight end in the second and third rounds.

But if the Lions were to stay at No. 10, with the options available, Evans should be the pick at this point. Of course, there are still around two months to go until the draft.

McShay Mock 3.0: Packers 

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Todd McShay’s third NFL mock draft for 2014 is out on ESPN Insider today. The Packers could use just about everything on defense and they have some prominent members on that side of the ball up for free agency. Also, unlike most years, it would not be surprising if Green Bay were buyers during the free-agency period, especially on defense.

The Packers might need a new center by the time the draft rolls around, but that obviously will not be their first-round selection. With James Jones and Jermichael Finley possibly leaving town, Green Bay could go tight end with the No. 21 overall pick. Whom does McShay have the Packers drafting at No. 21?

McShay Mock 3.0: Bears 

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Todd McShay's third NFL mock draft for 2014 is out on ESPN Insider today. The Bears are mostly set on the offensive side of the ball. This is going to be an extremely defensive-heavy offseason for Chicago in an attempt to restore a once-proud defense that was among the worst in the league in 2013.

Every defensive position group needs major work right now but a defensive tackle upgrade would be a very welcome addition. If the Bears re-sign Henry Melton, another 3-technique, such as Pitt's Aaron Donald, might be off the table because he is a very similar style of defensive tackle. Julius Peppers is very likely going to be released, but there isn't really a defensive end option for Chicago at No. 14, even though that too is a huge area of concern.

A dynamic young linebacker also would be enticing, keeping the Bears' great run of linebackers going strong. Chicago's secondary is in far-from-ideal shape right now as well and they might have had the worst safety play in the league in 2013. Defense. Defense. Defense.

Whom does McShay have the Bears drafting at No. 14? Let's take a look:

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McShay Mock 3.0: Lions 

March, 6, 2014
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Todd McShay's third NFL mock draft for 2014 is out on ESPN Insider today.

To me, the Detroit Lions definitely need help and wide receiver and most likely at tight end this offseason, and adding a top player at either position in this draft to pair with Calvin Johnson could make this a truly dominant passing attack. But the other big need area is at cornerback. The entire back seven of Detroit's defense isn't in ideal shape right now, but it is cornerback that is the most pressing issue on defense.

Whom does McShay have the Lions drafting at No. 10? Let's take a look at his pick and his analysis Insider:

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