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2013 Todd McShay NFL Mock Draft: Fanbases That Must Hope Draft Guru Is Wrong

Nov 10, 2012; Seattle, WA, USA; Utah Utes defensive tackle Star Lotulelei (92) during the game against the Washington Huskies at CenturyLink Field. Washington defeated Utah 34-15. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports
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Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIDecember 13, 2012

I respect Todd McShay's opinion and analysis, but the picks he projects in his first 2013 NFL mock draft (membership required) will drive a few fanbases crazy.

Some of them completely ignore glaring weaknesses, and others create logjams at positions where the team is already strong.

As the end of the regular season is just around the corner, the have-nots and the teams that are still aren't quite elite are focused on how to improve their teams. McShay's predictions for some of them leaves me a bit confused.

This starts right at the top with the Kansas City Chiefs' pick.

 

Why Would the Chiefs Need Another DT?

Utah DT Star Lotulelei is one of my favorite players in the draft, but how can the Chiefs ignore an opportunity to bolster their anemic offense? Despite the team's QB mess that is Matt Cassell and Brady Quinn, and despite the fact that they drafted Dontari Poe in 2011, McShay predicts the Chiefs will take a defensive tackle.

Apparently, the ideology behind this has to be that the team can get a QB in the second round that grades out equal to or better than Geno Smith of West Virginia. 

There is some credence to that thought, but it is a tough sell to a fanbase that watched an attack that is 22nd in total offense and 31st in passing yards. If they can grab Matt Barkley, or even Tyler Wilson later in the draft, Chiefs fans will probably still be happy.

 

Where is the Love and Protection for Cutler?

Chicago Bears fans have to be scratching their heads about McShay predicting Phil Emery will take Missouri DT Sheldon Richardson.

Sure, Richardson is athletic and seems like a solid fit in the Bears' current scheme—assuming Lovie Smith is retained as head coach—but the D-line is one of the Bears' strongest and deepest groups.

Henry Melton is ready to become a star, Stephen Paea has looked very good this season and backups Nate Collins, Matt Toeaina and Amobi Okoye are solid. 

Why wouldn't Chicago trade up for an offensive lineman or draft Tyler Eifert to replace the woeful Kellen Davis?

I know Richardson may have a bright future in the NFL, but the Bears are one or two players away from being serious contenders. They need protection and weapons for Jay Cutler more than anything.

 

The Chargers Must Grab A Deep Threat

Finally, the San Diego Chargers not taking a WR is a bit disconcerting. The Chargers miss Vincent Jackson's big-play ability, and with Keenan Allen still on the board, it would seem that trading down to select him makes sense.

I like OL Taylor Lewan from Michigan, but I'm not sure he would be the smartest pick here. The Chargers have seen their yards per pass play drop from 7.2 to 5.8 this season.

Philip Rivers clearly needs more weapons.

Of course, things can change with bowl games, senior all-star games and the NFL Scouting Combine coming up, so we'll have to wait and see how the prospects distinguish themselves by April.

 

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