In the lead-up to the NFL Draft, you're bound to stumble upon some crazy mock drafts. Serious or not, some people come up with picks that are out of the box for the sake of being different. It's all part of the craziness that surrounds the uncertainty of the actual draft, I suppose.
As we approach this year's draft, I think we've found the winner for the craziest 2013 NFL mock draft. It comes via ESPN's Mel Kiper, who isn't actually calling it 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.
That sounds an awful lot like a mock draft, but whatever, that's not important. What is important is that Kiper has the Detroit Lions trading up to the No. 1 overall pick to take Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner. Yes, you read that correctly. Kiper has the Lions moving up from No. 5 to No. 1 to take a cornerback.
As if that's not crazy enough, Kiper doesn't even have the Lions giving up their picks in the next two rounds to move up. In fact, he has the Lions taking Florida State defensive end Bjoern Werner in the second round and Marshall wide receiver Aaron Dobson in the third round.
This may very well be the most ridiculous thing I've ever seen. If the Lions decide to give up picks to move up to No. 1 overall, they're not going to draft a cornerback. That isn't their top need, and Milliner isn't being heralded as one of the greatest collegiate cornerbacks to enter the draft or anything like that. A trade by itself is a crazy idea, but a trade to get Milliner? Come on, Mel. You're better than that.