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Selection: Mark Barron, SS, Alabama
The group over at Draft Tek have the Green Bay Packers selecting Barron of Alabama in their latest mock draft.
With the final verdict of Nick Collins still to be decided, this pick makes sense. Barron is the best available safety prospect in the draft, and some mock drafts have him going as early as the 14th pick.
There is no doubt that this is a great value pick for the Packers, but is it their best move?
It would depend on who is still on the board, but if any of the previous pass-rushers are—Nick Perry is in Draft Tek's mock—then this pick doesn't make that much sense. Even if Collins is unable to return, the Packers could take a developmental safety later in the draft to fill his void for the future.
While it is easy to see the logic behind this pick, the only way I can see it happening is if this is the best player available to Ted Thompson with no pass-rushers worth taking in the first round.
Final Grade Of Pick: C
On one hand, it is exciting to get the best safety available. However, on the other hand, it wouldn't improve the defense as much as a pass-rusher would.