Mel Kiper's 1st Mock Draft Out: NFC North
ESPN Insider needed to see all 32 teams but here are the NFC North picks:
3. Minnesota Vikings
Kiper's pick: USC offensive tackle Matt Kalil
Seifert comment: Kalil is available because Kiper has the St. Louis Rams taking Oklahoma State receiver Justin Blackmon at No. 2. The guess is the Vikings would have an opportunity to trade down in this scenario, especially if a team is hot after Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III. But the Vikings need a left tackle, and it's hard to find a good one later in the draft.
19. Chicago Bears
Kiper's pick: Notre Dame wide receiver Michael Floyd
Seifert comment: Everyone has the idea that the Bears will take Floyd, and it sure sounds good. But without a general manager in place yet, and with offensive coordinator Mike Tice now a head coaching candidate in Oakland, it's only a guess.
23. Detroit Lions
Kiper's pick: North Carolina linebacker Zack Brown
Seifert comment: One thing we've learned about Lions general manager Martin Mayhew is that his board is not arranged by need. If it were, defensive lineman Nick Fairley would be somewhere else. Whoever Mayhew takes at No. 23 will be the best player left on his board, regardless of position.
28. Green Bay Packers
Kiper's pick: Illinois linebacker Whitney Mercilus
Seifert comment: We've been speculating for upwards of three years that general manager Ted Thompson will seek out more pass rushers for the Packers' 3-4 scheme. Maybe this is the year.