Breaking Down Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay's Detroit Lions Draft Projections

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Breaking Down Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay's Detroit Lions Draft Projections
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Over at ESPN, Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay are the draft experts, and they'll tell you as much anytime you ask.

These guys carry the authority at the "worldwide leader in sports," and that makes them pretty much beyond reproach, right?

Nope.

I've been doing seven-round mock drafts since January. Some of them you guys like, some you don't. And that's fine, but this time it's my turn. This time, I get to pick apart someone else's mock draft, and you guys get to watch the carnage.

But then again, these guys are trusted, well-paid analysts at the world's biggest sports media company. Maybe I'll agree with everything they say.

Maybe you'll just have to find out.

 

Note: McShay and Kiper both have a mock draft of sorts, and Kiper also has a "Grade A" draft, in which he plays GM for every team and also engineers trades.

Kiper insists it "IS NOT A MOCK DRAFT," but regardless, the "Grade A" draft is almost exactly the same as his two-round mock, and it goes a round longer, so I'm using that.

McShay doesn't pick past the first round, but he discusses multiple potential scenarios in the first, so I'll discuss each of his first-round projections separately.

Links to the draft projections are below, but beware: They sit behind ESPN's "Insider" pay wall, which is why you haven't seen them yet.

Kiper's "Grade A" Draft

McShay's "All Scenarios" Mock Draft 5.0

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