Green Bay Packers Mock Draft: Take a Look at DraftTek's Latest 7-Round Mock
For those of you who are unfamiliar with DraftTek, it is one of the premier draft sites available on the Internet. It uses a computer simulation based on needs and player rankings to come up with the most plausible and accurate mock draft available.
Let's take a look at how they view things going for Green Bay in the 2012 NFL Draft.
Round 1, No. 28: Jared Crick, DE, Nebraska
This pick seems like quite the reach for me. While Jared Crick is a talented prospect, there are two reasons why this pick feels wrong.
First, it doesn't address Green Bay's biggest need. DraftTek's alternate pick is outside linebacker Bruce Irvin from West Virginia, who would be a great fit for the Green Bay Packers. While Green Bay does have needs at defensive end, they still have to extremely young prospects in C.J. Wilson and Mike Neal.
The second reason this pick feels wrong is that there isn't much potential for Crick. He's the type of player that you already know what you're getting when you draft him. Yes, he is a solid contributor who can move around the defensive line and contribute. However, he isn't going to get much better from where he is now.
If Green Bay decides to take a defensive lineman in the first round, they need to take one with a huge upside. With that said, I do believe the Packers will address outside linebacker with their first pick.
My Pick: Bruce Irvin, OLB, West Virginia
Round 2, No. 60: Ronnell Lewis, OLB, Oklahoma
DraftTek has the Green Bay Packers taking outside linebacker Ronnell Lewis in the second round. Lewis is a talented pass rusher, so he does fit the need that the Packers are looking for.
In fact, the more I thought about this pick, the more I like the idea of adding a player like Lewis to the roster. Even if Green Bay addresses outside linebacker in the first round, like I suggested, I still like the pick.
Having two young and raw players competing for playing time would be guaranteed to bring the absolute most out of them. Also, having an extra body in case of injuries never hurts.
The Packers could also address defensive line with this position with a player like Chandler Jones from Syracuse.
My Pick: Ronnell Lewis, OLB, Oklahoma
Round 3, No. 91: Trumaine Johnson, CB, Montana
With this pick, DraftTek has the Green Bay Packers addressing their cornerbacks with small school prospect Trumaine Johnson.
Johnson is a very similar prospect to the Baltimore Raven's Jimmy Smith from last year. While Johnson may be a little less polished because of his level of competition, they still have a similar skill set as prospects.
They both also have some character concerns that will need to be dealt with. This is one of the main reasons why I can't see Green Bay drafting Johnson. They rarely draft players who have major character concerns, and I can't see them bucking that trend on a third-round player.
Another reason this pick doesn't exactly seem correct is that cornerback isn't that much of a need. DraftTek does have an alternate pick of safety Harrison Smith from Notre Dame, which if Green Bay decides to address their secondary, I'd see them doing it with a safety like Smith.
My Pick: Markelle Martin, FS, Oklahoma State
Round 4, No. 123: Brandon Taylor, SS, LSU
There is no doubt that the Green Bay Packers are going to spend a good amount of their picks on the defensive side of the football, but four picks in a row simply doesn't seem likely.
While safety Brandon Taylor is a unique prospect mostly because of his natural coverage skills and ability to tackle with power, I expect the Packers to go a different way with this pick.
Green Bay's biggest need on the offensive side of the ball is on the offensive line. That is what they'll likely spend their first offensive pick on. With Chad Clifton struggling with a back injury, the Packers are likely to look for some depth on the offensive line for a worst-case scenario.
Two prospects that are likable with this pick are Brandon Brooks from Miami (Ohio) and Quenton Saulsberry from Mississippi State. While Brooks is a natural guard, he could still be developed as a possible tackle prospect. As for Saulsberry, he is a talented center prospect who could possibly fill a need should Scott Wells leave in free agency.
My Pick: Quenton Saulsberry, OC, Mississippi State
Round 5, No. 155: Garth Gerhart, OC, Arizona State
This pick just doesn't make sense for the Green Bay Packers. While interior offensive line is a need for the team, Garth Gerhart just doesn't have the skills to be a productive player in the NFL.
He is a major overachiever and lacks the frame and size to be effective against bigger and stronger players. Simply put, Gerhart would get dominated time and time again in the NFL.
Green Bay could go back to picking defensive prospects with this pick, but I ultimately believe they'll look for another playmaker on the offensive side of the ball. If Oregon's LaMichael James is still available this late, he is a possibility. If he isn't available, look for the Packers to go after a player like Robert Turbin from Utah State.
My Pick: Robert Turbin, RB, Utah State
Round 6, No. 186: Nicolas Jean-Baptiste, DT, Baylor
This is the ultimate "draft for the future" pick for the Green Bay Packers.
Yes, Nicolas Jean-Baptiste possesses plus size and athletic ability, but he is an extremely raw prospect. He likely wouldn't be able to even begin to contribute for at least two or three years.
While I do expect Green Bay to get back to drafting defensive prospects and addressing their defensive line, Jean-Baptiste seems like too much of a reach for me.
Look for a player like Kentrell Lockett from Mississippi to be an intriguing prospect in the sixth round. While he is another raw prospect, he is quite a bit closer to being ready to contribute than Jean-Baptiste is.
My Pick: Kentrell Lockett, DE, Mississippi
Round 7, No. 218: Patrick Witt, QB, Yale
I absolutely love the idea of the Green Bay Packers drafting a quarterback in the final round of the draft. They are losing Matt Flynn, and they'll need to absolutely add some depth at this position through the draft.
Patrick Witt is an extremely smart kid who has a nice-sized body, but he does have some major flags in his game. He doesn't lack great arm strength or accuracy, and his footwork also needs work.
Two interesting prospects that Green Bay could look at would be Chandler Harnish from Northern Illinois and G.J. Kinne from Tulsa. Both player are much better prospects than Witt at this point. The only problem is that they may not be available at this point in the draft, but if either Harnish or Kinne are, look for the Packers to draft one of them.
My Pick: Chandler Harnish, QB, Northern Illinois