Green Bay Packers Mock Draft: Final Predictions Before Radio City
We are just over two weeks away from my favorite time of the year, draft day. Amidst all the flurry of offseason moves and mock drafts, NFL prospects are slowly moving up and down draft boards.
This is my third and final Packers mock, before all the mock drafts turn into NCAA basketball brackets, having never come out as planned.
All my selections and prospects are based on Pro Football Weekly's draft-round projections. As with every year, people disagree with round projections and such, but I will do my best on being realistic.
With all that said, here we go with the last mock before April 26th.
Round 1, Pick 28: Shea McClellin, OLB, Boise State
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Normally, I had Courtney Upshaw here, but amidst reports of character concerns that recently reared their head, I think Thompson will shy away from him.
That's why McClellin is my pick.
The more I think about this selection, the more I love it. The 6'3", 255-pound McClellin is an odd case, where he is projected in the second-third round range, yet some believe he is creeping into round one.
He may be the combination of "Best Player Available" and need-filler for Green Bay at the 28th pick.
He is the definition of "Packer People." A blue-collar farm boy with an incredible motor, high instincts and quick hands.
He may be a diamond-in-the-rough, and I am sure Kevin Greene will fully appreciate this selection.
Next up will be picking a good nickname for the formidable duo of Matthews and McClellin, such as Clay & Shea, or M&M.
Round 2, Pick 59: Harrison Smith, FS, Notre Dame
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The way it sounds, Nick Collins will be cleared to play, but that still doesn't mean that he will. Regardless of the decision, the Packers need quality players in the secondary, and the 6'2", 215-pound Smith fits that bill.
He plays fast, closes on the ball with great quickness, and is a vocal leader and ultra-competitive while the ball is in the air.
I think Smith represents too much value to pass on here in round two.
Round 3, Pick 90: Jamell Fleming, CB, Oklahoma
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The Packers need some quality depth at the cornerback spot, along with a developmental guy to learn behind Charles Woodson.
Fleming is a solid corner at 5'11", 190 pounds, who diagnoses well along with showing a display of good timing and reaction.
He is also a special teams contributor which Ted Thompson always looks for.
Round 4, Pick 123: Mike Martin, DE, Michigan
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People will argue that a rushing defensive end is a bigger need than outside linebacker, and while I can see why, I don't agree.
I think the Packers shoot for an OLB early, then get a defensive end later, and that end is the 6'2", 297-pound Mike Martin from Michigan.
Although he isn't a natural pass rusher, he has a high enough motor to develop into one.
Round 4, Pick 132: Hebron Fangupo, DT, BYU
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The Packers need some good depth behind BJ Raji as he has played an immense amount of snaps since starting his career in 2009.
Fangupo is a big man at 6'1", 330 pounds, with two-gap abilities and heavy hands, while staying light on his feet.
He could possibly be a big part of the Packers' defense next season.
Round 4, Pick 133: Mike Brewster, C, Ohio State
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The Packers lost Pro Bowl center Scott Wells to the Rams. However, the brain-trust went out and made a very smart signing in Jeff Saturday.
With the signing, it's unlikely that Green Bay spends a high pick on a center. But with that said, the Packers will draft a developmental center to learn behind Saturday.
I feel Brewster is the perfect guy to learn behind Saturday. At 6'5" and 310 pounds, Brewster would give Green Bay the center of its future, one who finally has the perfect size.
Round 5 Pick 163: Tackle Jeff Adams (Columbia)
6'6" 300 pounds
Every team in the NFL needs depth on the offensive line. The Packers go that route with their 5th round pick named Jeff Adams.
Although he is from a small school, he is a very intriguing prospect in many ways.
He has long arms, and good enough feet to play the left side. He showed last year that he can have a devastating punch off the snap.
I feel that this is exactly the guy that Ted Thompson needs on the line.
Round 6, Pick 197: Chandler Harnish, QB, Northern Illinois
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The Packers lost a quality backup in Matt Flynn and will be looking to give Graham Harrell some competition this summer.
Chandler Harnish is a small-school QB who is a proven leader and four-year starter at Northern Illinois.
He would be a great developmental QB to send through Mike McCarthy's quarterback school.
Round 7, Pick 224: Bryce Brown, RB, Kansas State
6'1'' 220 pounds
The Packers don't seem keen on getting Ryan Grant back, so a back could be a possibility in this draft. Although they still have James Starks, Alex Green and Brandon Saine, none proved to be an every-down back.
The Packers may have something in first year running back Alex Green, but with his knee injury, who knows how he will recover.
The 6'1", 220-pound Brown was the number two running back recruit in 2009 behind Trent Richardson. He could have been a high pick this year if he didn't have some off-field issues.
With an elite NFL skill-set and the size to match, some compare his combination of size and intangibles to Adrian Peterson.
I think if the Packers looked passed the personal issues with Anthony Hargrove, Brown may be worth the flyer. If he can stay out of trouble, he could be the steal of the draft.
Round 7, Pick 235: Bradie Ewing, FB, Wisconsin
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A poor-man's John Kuhn.
The jack-of-all-trades in Wisconsin's offense, Ewing (5'11", 240 pounds) was a vital part of the Badgers the past few seasons.
The Packers may not "need" a fullback, but John Kuhn had an injury late in the year and it never hurts to have depth just in case.
Round 7, Pick 241: Tank Carder, ILB, Texas Christian
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Carder (6'2" 230 pounds) represents depth and versatility the Packers could use. He is a high-effort and character player that the Packers love.
Round 7, Pick 243: Nicolas Jean-Baptiste, DE, Baylor
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Another camp body with the chance to start out on the practice squad and possibly work his way to playing time in a year or two.
At 6'1", 315 pounds, Jean-Baptiste has initial quickness and a habit of forcing his way into the backfield. He is a strong wrap-up tackler and a hard worker.
I wouldn't be surprised if he plays some his rookie year.