Part of the player evaluation process for the 2013 NFL Draft has already taken place.
The East-West Shrine game and the Senior Bowl have both been played. The NFL Scouting Combine will soon be upon us, and Pro Days will be utilized to evaluate players' draft stock for the scouts, coaches and general managers of each team.
This will be the first of several complete seven-round mock drafts that I will do for the Packers. In the last few years I've been able to pinpoint some of the players the Packers would select in a given draft.
I have correctly identified selections like B.J. Raji, Bryan Bulaga, Mike Neal, C.J.Wilson, Alex Green and Davon House, as well as Nick Perry and Casey Hayward last season, over the course of the past four drafts.
Also, in March, the NFL will award compensatory picks to teams. At this point, I would think the Packers will get at least one compensatory pick, perhaps two, as the Packers lost quarterback Matt Flynn, center Scott Wells and cornerback Pat Lee to free agency.
In addition, I believe Ted Thompson will continue to be aggressive in this year's draft, just like he was last year when he traded up three times. Those trades included two in the second round. One of those trade ups allowed the Packers to select Hayward, who had a great rookie year.
Having an additional compensatory pick or two helps, although a team cannot trade away those particular picks.
Based on what I have seen up to this point, I would believe the players I list in this mock draft would interest the Packers. Both from a talent standpoint and from a team needs perspective.