ESPN's Mel Kiper has something out that looks a whole lot like a 2013 NFL mock draft but he says it's not actually a mock draft.
The latest "Grade A" draft is where I make a pick for each team, at each spot, based on my projected needs and my prospect grades. Again, it is NOT a mock draft, but instead a look at how I might pick for each team at each spot.
OK, I don't quite get it because it's really just a mock draft. In this one, Kiper has the Detroit Lions trading up to the No. 1 pick to select Alabama's Dee Milliner. And the Kansas City Chiefs then select Central Michigan's Eric Fisher with the No. 5 pick.
First reaction: Sign me up!
Second reaction: Isn't gonna happen.
This would be the best of both worlds for the Chiefs. Some say KC should trade the pick -- a lot of people say that -- but we know the difficulties behind doing that. Others say the Chiefs should take the top left tackle. In this scenario, you'd get the trade AND one of the top two tackles. i'd love this.
The reason you'd have to stay in the top five in order to get one of the top two tackles is because there is going to be a run on tackles.
"I think by 5 they'll be gone," Kiper said. "I think by 7 (the top three offensive tackles will) all be gone. I projected (Lane) Johnson (as the 11th pick). If I was going to project trades, I think you could see somebody move up to get him or Fisher."
And Schefter earlier today:
Here comes OT run. Three OTs - Luke Joeckel, Eric Fisher, Lane Johnson - will be off board in first seven picks. And maybe sooner.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 17, 2013
So don't expect those tackles to stick around. Either the Chiefs are getting one at No. 1, trading back a few picks or they're not getting one of the top three tackles at all.
Of course, if you're one of the folks who say tackle isn't a need for the Chiefs right now with Branden Albert under contract for one more season, then all this tackle talk may not mean as much to you.