Has Mel Kiper Jr. Lost It?

By: Jamie Samuelsen

How are you feeling about Lions GM Martin Mayhew these days?

Mayhew’s approval rate isn’t very high after the 4-12 finish in 2012. But at least the Lions GM isn’t Mel Kiper Jr.

In Kiper’s latest draft article on ESPN.com, he plays the role of GM and has the Lions taking Alabama CB Dee Milliner. It’s not a huge stunner. Plenty of draft experts have had the Lions going for Milliner to start alongside Chris Houston in the secondary. But that’s not the shocker. He actually has the Lions trading up to Kansas City’s #1 overall pick to snatch Milliner away from Jacksonville at #2 and Oakland at #3.

Uh…Mel. Are you trying to get Mayhew fired?

With Jeff Backus retiring, most Lions fans would be thrilled if CMU’s Eric Fisher slipped down to #5. They’d be okay with Milliner at #5. But the thought of the Lions trading UP to #1 to get a player who might very well be there at #5? Well, it makes trading up for Mikel Leshoure and Drew Stanton seem the stuff of pure genius.

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