The 2012 NFL draft is now less than two months away. Scouts and coaches have gotten a good look at the 2012 prospects at the East-West Shrine game, the Senior Bowl and most recently the NFL Scouting Combine.
The players will get one more chance to impress their possible NFL employers with their performances at their respective pro days.
This draft will be different. I will utilize some players who I have already drafted, although not in all cases.
Also, I'm going to be a bit of prognosticator, as I will add some picks for the Green Bay Packers in this mock draft. The Packers already have all seven of their own selections in the draft, plus have an additional seventh round pick from the New York Jets in the Caleb Schlauderhoff trade from last season.
I am also give the Packers an additional second round pick, as I expect to see Matt Flynn moved to either the Miami Dolphins, Cleveland Browns or Seattle Seahawks in a sign and trade deal after he is franchised (we will know by Monday if that indeed happens).
In addition to that, I'm going to give the Packers two additional compensatory picks (fourth and fifth rounds) for the free agents losses that the team incurred last year. I might be too conservative in my estimation of compensatory picks, as the Packers lost seven players to free agency in 2011.
Anyway, those additional picks I'm adding will give the Packers a total of 11 picks in the draft. That will give Ted Thompson quite a bit of ammunition to move up and be aggressive to select a player who he really wants in a given round.