Green Bay Packers: 2012 Ideal Mock Draft
Here is my second mock draft for the Green Bay Packers. But after looking at other mocks and seeing the draft stocks rise and fall, the makeup of the draft could be interesting.
The Packers need defensive help in the worst way, and this years draft is seemingly loaded with talent at the outside linebacker position. That's where the Packers need the most help.
The lack of pass rush last year led to opposing quarterbacks torching the Packers secondary. Outside of Clay Matthews, the Packers have no one that worries opponents.
In this mock draft, I have some trades and different scenarios for the Packers.
Hope you enjoy.
Round 1 (21): OLB Courtney Upshaw (Alabama)
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GREEN BAY TRADES THEIR 1ST ROUND PICK (28), THIRD ROUND PICK (90), AND 6TH ROUNDER (197) TO THE CINCINNATI BENGALS FOR THEIR 1ST ROUND PICK (21)
According to the walterfootball.com draft value chart, the 21st pick is worth 800 points and the 28th is worth 660 points. So the Packers add their third worth 140 points and a sixth worth 13 points adding up to 813 points.
The Packers jump up 7 spots to select a falling Courtney Upshaw. At 6'2" 262, Upshaw is a big bodied defensive end/linebacker hybrid that will play outside linebacker in the Packers 3-4 defense.
Recent mocks have shown that after a less than stellar combine and Pro Day, Upshaw may be slipping just enough to fall within Green Bay's reach.
Round 2 (59): RB Doug Martin (Boise State)
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With all the good value defensive ends gone by this pick in round two, the Packers go for value here in Doug Martin.
The 5'11" 220 pound back represents something the Packers have lacked, but never really needed, a star 3-down back.
If opposing defenses have to worry about Aaron Rodgers and his receiving corp, plus a bruising back, the offense could be limitless.
Round 4: 3 Picks
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Pick 123: CB DeQuan Menzie (Alabama)
The Packers lack quality depth in the secondary. Charles Woodson's Hall Of Fame career is nearing its end and they need a young cornerback to groom.
Pick 132: S George Iloka (Boise State)
Even if Nick Collins can play, the Packers need some quality at the backup safety spots.
Pick 133: C Mike Brewster (Ohio State)
The Packers lost Pro Bowl center Scott Wells but made a wonderful signing in Jeff Saturday. Who better to teach Brewster than Jeff Saturday?
Round 5 (163): OT Tom Compton (South Dakota)
The Packers are always looking to add to the offensive line, just like every other team in the NFL. South Dakota's Tom Compton is a big guy with a quick first step in the run game.
The addition of Compton could prompt a move of Brian Bulaga to left tackle in a few years.
Round 7: 4 Picks
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Pick 224: QB B.J. Coleman (University of Tennessee-Chattanooga)
The Packers lost Matt Flynn to the Seahawks so the Packers bring in Coleman to battle with Graham Harrell and Nick Hill for the backup spot.
Pick 235: DT Hebron Fangupo (Brigham Young)
B.J. Raji has played too many snaps in his career already. He is so fatigued towards the end of games, that his production severely diminishes. Fangupo is a huge body that could spell Raji when needed.
Pick 241: DT Trevor Guyton (Cal)
Another defensive end prospect that could help next season, allowing Ryan Pickett to move inside on certain plays.
Pick 243: T/G Mark Asper (Oregon)
Another big man to create more depth on the offensive line.