We are now less than two weeks away from the NFL Scouting Combine. We have already seen players compete in the East-West Shrine game, as well as the Senior Bowl. After the Combine, players will be able to improve their status in the 2012 NFL draft with their Pro Day workouts.
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 and G Daryn Colledge.
The Packers are also expected to receive a late round draft choice from the New York Jets for G Caleb Schlauderaff (a 6th round pick for the Packers in the 2011 NFL draft), who was traded late in training camp last year.
In addition to that, the Packers will attempt to get compensation for QB Matt Flynn in this year's draft, as opposed to next year's, if Flynn just leaves via free agency.
Once the Packers are awarded their compensatory picks and other selections that they may receive via trade, I will update my mock draft. I expect the Packers to have at least 10 picks in the 2012 NFL draft, at least to begin with, once everything is settled.
40 Time: 5.16
The selection of Peter Konz may surprise some people, but here is my thinking. If all of the defensive front-seven players that the Packers have a 1st round grade on have already been selected and Konz is still on the board when it's time for the Packers to pick at number 28, then this pick should be a slam dunk.
Konz is that good.
Probably the best offensive linemen from Wisconsin to enter the NFL since Joe Thomas came out. Konz is best suited for C, but can also play G and can play OT in a pinch. Even if the Packers re-sign C Scott Wells to a contract extension, this pick still make sense.
Because I think he will be one of the five best offensive linemen that the Packers will have and he will find a place somewhere in the starting line up. We are talking about Pro Bowl talent here.
Konz was an All-American at C and was named first-team All-Big Ten as well. Konz started 31 games for Wisconsin over the last three years.
Konz does everything well. He is a punishing run blocker who gets to the second level with ease. Konz is also a very nice pass blocker. Konz also played very well against big name competition.
40 Time: 4.74
McClellin played in the Senior Bowl and performed well. McClellin was also a first team All-Mountain West selection for Boise State.
McClellin mostly played DE for the Broncos, but also saw time at both OLB and ILB. McClellin will probably be better suited as an OLB in the NFL.
He had 46 tackles with six sacks, 12.5 tackles for a loss and a blocked kick in 2011. McClellin also had 9.5 sacks in 2010.
McClellin has a relentless motor as a player and always brings high energy with his play. He is also very versatile, which is an important asset with the defensive coaching staff of the Packers.
McClellin plays the run well and is improving as a pass rusher because of his speed, quickness and intensity.
40 Time: 4.46
Guy was named on the second team All-SEC squad by both the coaches and the media. Guy always seems to be around the football. He had a whopping 120 tackles with 14 tackles for a loss, two passes broken up, two interceptions and a forced fumble in 2011.
The secondary of the Packers this year had a lot of issues, one of which was shoddy tackling. Guy will definitely help that weakness in the secondary.
Guy also has shown some nice ability defending the pass as well, with five picks over the last two years.
Guy also returned kicks at times while he was at Kentucky.
40 Time: 4.85
Roy was an All-WAC team selection in 2011. Roy had 64 tackles with 18.5 tackles for a loss and 10 sacks his senior year.
In his junior year, Roy had similar numbers, as he had 50 tackles with 14.5 tackles for a loss and eight sacks.
Roy also played in the East-West Shrine game.
Roy played DT at Nevada, but he is much better suited to be a five technique in the 3-4 defense. Roy plays the run extremely well and has shown nice ability to rush the passer too.
Roy has the ability to collapse the pocket and make plays behind the line of scrimmage.
The Packers need to get some help across their defensive front rushing the passer. The defensive line of the Packers only contributed six sacks in 2011.
40 Time: 4.85
Weeden had a phenomenal senior year, as he threw 37 TD passes vs. 13 interceptions for 4,727 yards. Weeden also completed 72 percent of his passes in 2011.
In the Fiesta Bowl against Stanford, Weeden threw 3 TD passes vs. one pick for 399 yards.
Weeden was All-Big 12 at QB and also finished third in the AP Player of the Year voting.
So why would Weeden be drafted this low perhaps?
The reason is quite simple. Weeden's age. He will be a 29 year old rookie in the NFL in 2012. Like Chris Weinke, Weeden first played baseball before turning to college football.
It is expected that Weeden will be selected in the middle to latter half of the 2012 NFL draft for that reason.
Bottom line, Weeden is athletic and he can make every throw that needs to be made on the NFL level.
40 Time: 4.46
Gipson was named to the All-Mountain West second team. Gipson had 95 tackles with 2.5 tackles for a loss, five passes broken up, one forced fumble and three interceptions as a senior in 2011.
Gipson was honorable mention All-Mountain West in 2010, when he had three interceptions with nine passes broken up, 3.5 tackles for a loss, and 40 tackles.
Gipson also had three interceptions as a sophomore in 2009.
Gipson has the CB size that Ted Thompson likes and he definitely has some upside, based on his production in college.
40 Time: 4.90
Johnson did not have a real good senior year at Notre Dame, mostly because of a high ankle sprain that caused him to miss four games.
Johnson has played both DE in the 3/4 scheme and also DT in the 4-3 scheme at Notre Dame. As a junior, Johnson had 34 tackles with five sacks as a five technique in the 3/4.
Johnson has the size one desires as a five technique in the 3-4 and can be productive when healthy.
The Packers need to increase their quality depth across their defensive line and Johnson would be well worth the gamble of a 7th round pick to further that cause.