NFC North: Peria Jerry
I know. The headaches were coming on. A few of you were getting nosebleeds. Maybe the shakes, too. But rest easy. We are here to feed your NFL draft addiction and soothe those side effects.
On Thursday, ESPN draft analysts Mel Kiper and Todd McShay released new, combined mock drafts based on their information through Wednesday's pro days. You'll need an Insider subscription to see their entire board, but I can bring you their choices for the NFC North teams at no charge to you. (Just don't tell anyone.)
And what the heck. I'll drop in a few pithy comments of my own as well.
Kiper: Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford
From the peanut gallery: McShay has argued against Stafford, but as of now he believes the Lions are leaning in that direction. I agree with Don Banks (SI.com) and Pat Kirwan (NFL.com). Baylor offensive lineman Jason Smith is looking awfully tempting right now.
From the peanut gallery: All things equal, I like the idea of adding another interior defender. That's where the Lions were at their worst last season.
Kiper: Texas defensive end/linebacker Brian Orakpo
McShay: Penn State defensive end Aaron Maybin
From the peanut gallery: Both Kiper and McShay passed on Alabama offensive lineman Andre Smith here. I think Smith would be worth a long, hard look.
Kiper: Maryland receiver Darius Heyward-Bey
From the peanut gallery: Hard to argue with the player or his position as it relates to the Bears. But take a look at Jerry Angelo's history in drafting receivers and get back to me.
Kiper: North Carolina receiver Hakeem Nicks
McShay: Florida receiver Percy Harvin
From the peanut gallery: A receiver would definitely fall under the "best available player" category. Another option here, under the same guideline: USC linebacker Clay Matthews Jr.
In the video below, Kiper runs through his top 10 with Hannah Storm of SportsCenter:
I've caught up enough from last weekend's absence to bring you a Black and Blue version of the mock draft that ESPN.com's Todd McShay is updating around the clock.
You'll need an ESPN Insider subscription to view the entire story, but we have permission to bring you McShay's current choices for the NFC North. Because I can't keep my opinions to myself, I'll add a comment or two below each selection. Let's get to it:
No. 1 overall: Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford
My comment: I get the feeling Detroit isn't sold on Stafford yet. Maybe that's just me.
No. 20 overall: USC linebacker Clay Matthews Jr.
My comment: This is a good spot for a linebacker, and Matthews had a strong combine.