NFC North: Sheldon Richardson

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What's the ideal first-round scenario for each team?

Chicago Bears: There are a number of hopeful scenarios for the Bears, but we've got to keep it reasonable. The Bears would no doubt be thrilled if one of the draft's top guards, Alabama's Chance Warmack or North Carolina's Jonathan Cooper, fell to them at No. 20. That doesn't seem likely, however, based on the current thinking of media analysts. Others might like to see Alabama right tackle D.J. Fluker available, but the Bears aren't desperate at the tackle position. The most ideal but reasonable scenario is Georgia middle linebacker Alec Ogletree falling to No. 20 because of off-field issues. Ogletree could be an immediate and long-term replacement for the departed Brian Urlacher, allowing the Bears to use D.J. Williams perhaps at the strong-side position.

Detroit Lions: We've discussed a scenario in which the draft's top two left tackles (Texas A&M's Luke Joeckel and Central Michigan's Eric Fisher), its top cornerback (Alabama's Dee Milliner) and arguably its most intriguing defensive end (BYU's Ezekiel Ansah) are all off the board at No. 5. So if the draft gods are looking kindly upon the Lions, they'll give them a choice of two of those players. There's no telling whom the Lions would pick, but Milliner or either of the left tackles would give them a good shot at having a really good anchor player for the next decade.

Green Bay Packers: I don't know how likely it is, but the Packers would no doubt love to see one of the draft's top defensive tackles make his way to their spot at No. 26 overall. Could that be Missouri's Sheldon Richardson? North Carolina's Sylvester Williams? Both players are natural interior disruptors, although Richardson might be on the smaller side for a 3-4 defense and could fit best as a 4-3 under tackle. There is little doubt that the Packers want to enhance their defensive line in this draft.

Minnesota Vikings: There are plenty of options for a team with two first-round picks, including trading up to get a coveted player or trading back to pile up second-round options. But here's an ideal scenario if the Vikings stay put: They draft a receiver with one pick, perhaps Tennessee's Cordarrelle Patterson or Cal's Keenan Allen, and a cornerback with the other. Houston cornerback D.J. Hayden has gotten a lot of publicity lately, but his value in the first round remains publicly uncertain. The Vikings have need at defensive tackle and middle linebacker as well, but those positions might be more heavily stocked later in the draft.

Todd McShay mock 1.0: Linemen galore

December, 13, 2012

It's never not draft time for ESPN analyst Todd McShay, who has spent the fall scouting college football prospects and has -- in Week 15 of the NFL regular season -- submitted his first mock draft Insider in anticipation of the 2013 event. The entire file requires an Insider subscription, but I can pass along his choices for the NFC North teams.

Positioning is based on if the season had ended after Week 14. As you can see, McShay didn't reflect team needs as much as this draft's strength along both lines. Also, it's worth noting only one quarterback -- West Virginia's Geno Smith -- is on this list. For those of you who want to see the Minnesota Vikings replace starter Christian Ponder, that should be relatively strong evidence of how weak the 2013 quarterback class is.

7. Detroit Lions
McShay pick: Alabama CB Dee Milliner*
Seifert comment: There might not be an elite cover corner in this draft, but Milliner at this point is considered the best of the group. The Lions have looked elsewhere long enough.

18. Minnesota Vikings
McShay pick: North Carolina defensive tackle Sylvester Williams
Seifert comment: Veteran Kevin Williams is 32, and the depth of the defensive line in this draft would set the Vikings up to re-load at a traditional position of strength. Sylvester Williams is said to be a big-time playmaker.

23. Chicago Bears
McShay pick: Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson
Seifert comment: Again, this choice reflects the depth of this position in the draft. Also, four offensive tackles were already off the board at this point.

27. Green Bay Packers
McShay pick: North Carolina guard Jonathan Cooper*
Seifert comment: Typically guards are undervalued, so to get the draft's best at this position is a decent value. The Packers don't have an immediate need there, but you never know what can happen during the course of a season.





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