NFL Draft 2013: Analyzing Mel Kiper's Latest Mock Draft

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IFebruary 11, 2013

BRADENTON, FL - JANUARY 23:  Linebacker Manti Te'o of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish works out at IMG Academy on January 23, 2013 in Bradenton, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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Mel Kiper of ESPN came out with his latest 2013 NFL mock draft on Thursday, complete with some no-brainers and some surprises.

Kiper has been serving as a draft analyst for ESPN since 1984, but every draft expert in the country - no matter how experienced - makes mistakes every once in a while.

Here's a look at what I believe to be the most questionable picks in Kiper's latest mock.

 

13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Manti Te'o, LB, Notre Dame

Manti Te'o isn't even a legit first-round pick for me, and it has nothing to do with the whole Lennay Kekua situation and his "character concerns."

Te'o's range (or lack thereof) is concerning to me. As a downhill tackler, he's excellent, but I worry that he doesn't possess ample sideline-to-sideline ability to be a top-15 pick in the draft. I could see the Baltimore Ravens selecting him at No. 32 overall, but this is way too early to draft the Notre Dame product, in my mind.

 

16. St. Louis Rams: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma

I don't have a problem with the Rams selecting an offensive tackle, or Lane Johnson, but I do have a problem with them selecting Johnson ahead of Chance Warmack, which they do in Kiper's mock.

The Rams have issues all along the offensive line and Warmack could be a Pro Bowl guard down the road. You don't substitute a Pro Bowler for a player in Johnson who is simply solid.

 

26. Green Bay Packers: Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama

It's hard for me to see any running back going in the first round. 

Eddie Lacy is a legit second-round pick, but you don't select him as your first-rounder. I don't think he's enough of a threat in the passing game to be an every-down back and he showed some inconsistency when blocking at Alabama.

This isn't a knock on Lacy necessarily. It's just that I don't see him as a first-round prospect. I also don't think the Packers draft a running back in the first round unless they love him. We all know they're a pass-first team with Aaron Rodgers under center.

 

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