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Thursday, April 4, 2013
Mel Kiper Jr. mock 4.0: Two rounds!

By Kevin Seifert

We are now close enough to the 2013 draft that ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr. has gone two rounds deep in his latest mock Insider. Let's take a look from an NFC North perspective:

5. Detroit Lions
Kiper Round 1: Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner
Kiper Round 2: Florida State defensive end Bjoern Werner
Seifert comment: Kiper chose Milliner over Central Michigan left tackle Eric Fisher. If the Lions do that, we'll know they're confident in Riley Reiff as their left tackle of the future. Werner would help mitigate the loss of defensive ends Cliff Avril and Kyle Vanden Bosch.

20. Chicago Bears
Kiper Round 1: Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o
Kiper Round 2: Alabama defensive tackle Jesse Williams
Seifert comment: Georgia linebacker Alec Ogletree was still on the board when Kiper sent Te'o to the Bears. I'm not sure on that one, but he is the expert. I do agree the Bears could still address this position in the first round even after signing free agent D.J. Williams.

23./25 Minnesota Vikings
Kiper Round 1: Tennessee receiver Cordarrelle Patterson
Kiper Round 1: LSU linebacker Kevin Minter
Kiper Round 2: Purdue defensive tackle Kawann Short
Seifert comment: Minter would be a Week 1 starter in this scenario, while Patterson would get plenty of early opportunities to develop into a starting outside receiver. Short would help the Vikings' need to start replenishing a defensive line that includes three starters over 30 years old.

26. Green Bay Packers
Kiper Round 1: Alabama running back Eddie Lacy
Kiper Round 2: Georgia Southern safety J.J. Wilcox
Seifert comment: The intrigue continues on whether the Packers would use a first-round pick on a running back. Lacy has been held back in preseason workouts by a hamstring injury.