The process for evaluating the players for the 2012 NFL Draft is moving along. We have seen players compete in the East-West Shrine game, as well as last weekend's Senior Bowl. We still have the NFL Scouting Combine and the Pro Day workouts for each player to improve their status in the draft.
The Green Bay Packers have all seven selections in the draft as of this moment, but that will improve as we move closer to the draft, which will start on April 26th and continue through April 28th. In March, the NFL will announce the compensatory picks that will be awarded to teams for the draft.
It is expected that the Packers will get at least a couple of compensatory picks, as the Packers had a number of players leave the team in free agency in 2011, most notably DE Cullen Jenkins.
The Packers are also going to try to receive compensation for QB Matt Flynn this year, but either using the franchise tag and then trading Flynn, or by using a sign-and-trade scenario without using the franchise tag.
The Packers are hoping to get a late first-round pick or an early second-round pick for Flynn. If the Packers can't swing a trade, then Flynn would simply leave the team as an unrestricted free agent and the Packers would not receive compensation until the 2013 NFL draft in the form of a compensatory pick.
In this mock draft, I'm going to just use the seven selections that the Packers currently have. I will use the additional picks that the Packers will receive in later mock drafts. I'm guessing that the Packers may have as many as 10 or more picks when the draft is held in late April.
Ted Thompson needs to have a big draft early, like he did in 2009, when he was surprisingly aggressive and drafted B.J. Raji and Clay Matthews in the first-round.
Thompson was named the Executive of the Year by the Sporting News earlier this week. This is the second time in five years he has won the award, the last one coming in 2007.