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NFC North: A look at the most recent mock drafts

Posted Feb 13, 2013

Mock draft season is in full swing - Tim Twentyman takes a look at predictions for the NFC North

The NFL Mock draft season is in full swing, but we always have to keep in mind that mock drafts are just opinions and will change multiple times over the next month -- especially after next week's NFL Combine in Indianapolis.

Take every Mock draft you see with a grain of salt, but they are still fun to speculate over.

ESPN draft analysts Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay recently released their Mock drafts 2.0 and here's what they're speculating for the four teams in the NFC North:

Jarvis Jones5. Detroit Lions

Kiper: Jarvis Jones, LB, Georgia

McShay: Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon

Twentyman comment: The Lions have a definite need at defensive end with the release of the Kyle Vanden Bosch to save cap room and the unlikelihood they'll match Cliff Avril's contract demands on the open market.

That being said, I don't think Jones or Jordan is the right fit for what the Lions are looking for in a defensive end. Jones, to me, is an outside linebacker in a 4-3, who can make a lot of plays for you and be a situational rusher. He's a great talent, worthy of No. 5 pick, but he doesn't appear to be a 4-3 defensive end.

Jordan played at 230 pounds this season and is reportedly up to 245. He's very athletic, but is probably a better 3-4 outside linebacker at this point that a 4-3 defensive end.

20. Chicago Bears

Kiper: D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama

McShay: Manti Te'o, ILB, Notre Dame

Twentyman comment: I actually like both of these scenarios for the Bears. They need to upgrade their offensive line and Fluker is a mammoth right tackle with terrific value in the later stages of the first round.

The Bears need to find the eventual replacement for Brian Urlacher and if Te'o runs well at the combine, he'll be considered the best interior linebacker in the draft.

23. Minnesota Vikings

Kiper: Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina

McShay: Blidi Wreh-Wilson, CB, Connecticut

Twentyman comment: This year's class of defensive tackles is very deep and Williams is considered to be a top-5 prospect within that group. Williams is a dual-threat defensive tackle who looks stout against the run but also has some pass-rush skills. The Vikings need to find Kevin Williams', 33, eventual replacement.

Wreh-Wilson didn't impress at the Senior Bowl and might have played his way out of the first round. Unless he really impresses at the Combine and his Pro Day, he might be a stretch on Day 1.

26. Green Bay Packers

Kiper: Eddie Lacey, RB, Alabama

McShay: Jonathan Jenkins, DT, Georgia

Twentyman comment: The running back position has been a revolving door for the Packers the last couple seasons and they need to find their every-down back of the future. Maybe they do that in free agency with Steven Jackson, but if not, Lacy makes a lot of sense.

It's never a bad idea to boost talent along the defensive line, but the Packers have more pressing needs at outside linebacker, center, running back and receiver to take a luxury pick like Jenkins this early.