Mel Kiper Jr. 2013 NFL Mock Draft: Most Outlandish Picks from Latest Offering

Jesse ReedCorrespondent IFebruary 18, 2013

NEW YORK - APRIL 28:  Mel Kiper, Chris Mortensen and Keyshawn Johnson broadcast for ESPN during the 2007 NFL Draft on April 28, 2007 at Radio City Music Hall in New York, New York. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
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With all due respect to one of the greatest NFL draft experts in the industry, Mel Kiper Jr.'s latest mock draft (Insider protected) features some head-scratching selections.

This isn't to say Kiper Jr. doesn't know what he's talking about.

Far from it!

By the time the draft is over, these outlandish suggestions might actually happen just as he predicted. It's truly impossible to understand why or how NFL general managers make some of the decisions they do. 

Year after year, teams make poor decisions in the draft, and Kiper Jr.'s job is to gauge what might happen, not what will happen.

That's the beauty of mock drafts. 

Here are the most outlandish picks from the iconic draftnik.


4. Philadelphia Eagles—CB Dee Milliner, Alabama

The cornerback out of Alabama is a fantastic cover corner who is technically sound, but he doesn't possess elite speed, which will limit his ability to cover elite wide receivers without safety help.

Unless he goes out and runs a sub-4.45-second 40-yard dash, he isn't worth a top-five pick. Milliner is this year's consensus top cornerback, but he's no Deion Sanders. Sanders was taken with the No. 5 overall pick of the 1989 NFL draft, and he is a Hall of Famer. 

I have last year's top cornerback, Morris Claiborne, graded out better than Milliner does this year, and Claiborne was taken with the No. 6 overall pick of the 2012 NFL draft. 

Simply put, the Eagles would be throwing value out the window if they reach for Milliner with the No. 4 overall pick. 


11. San Diego Chargers—OG Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina

No doubt, the Chargers need to draft offensive linemen, and it doesn't really matter if the team drafts a tackle or a guard, but if San Diego is going to take a guard here, it certainly won't leave Chance Warmack on the board to select Cooper.

Kiper has Warmack sliding all the way down to the Dallas Cowboys at No. 18. I'm sure Jerry Jones would love to get his hands on Warmack, considering the sad state of affairs that is the Cowboys' offensive line, but this just won't happen.

Warmack is a top-five talent on my board—something I cannot say for Cooper. 

Cooper is a brilliant pass-blocker as a guard, and as such, he may be able to play right tackle in the NFL, but he isn't a dominating run-blocker. Even with his pass-blocking prowess, you just don't draft a guard/potential right tackle this early in the draft. 


13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers—ILB Manti Te'o, Notre Dame

I hate this pick for two reasons:

  1. Te'o isn't good enough to draft this high in Round 1, and
  2. The Buccaneers have bigger fish to fry.

Te'o is a potential top-20 pick, but given his struggles getting off blocks, I'll be surprised if he's not still on the board when the Cincinnati Bengals pick at No. 21.

Tampa Bay already has a dominant front seven against the run, and though adding Te'o would seem like a good move to help the team's abominable pass defense, the real need here is at cornerback or safety.

With players like Kenny Vaccaro, Xavier Rhodes and Johnthan Banks still on the board, I just can't see the Buccaneers taking an inside linebacker with this pick. 


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