In this fourth mock draft of mine, I'm going to do what so many of you have clamored for. That would be trading out of the first round.
However, this needs to be said first. The new NFL collective bargaining agreement (2011) stipulates that all first-round draft selections can be given five-year contracts. All other rounds allow only a four-year deal maximum.
A lot of teams welcome the extra year. That is why the Tampa Bay Bucs traded back into the first round last year after first selecting safety Mark Barron at pick No. 7, and then picked running back Doug Martin at pick No. 31 of the first round.
Head coach Joe Philbin of the Dolphins was the offensive coordinator for the Packers (2007-2011) under Mike McCarthy (Thompson was general manager), while his offensive coordinator in Miami, Mike Sherman, was head coach under Thompson in 2005 in Green Bay.
Philbin was actually hired by Sherman in Green Bay in 2003, where he coached the offensive line predominantly for four years before McCarthy moved him to offensive coordinator.
Thompson has known John Dorsey of the Chiefs for over two decades. They both got opportunities to work for the Packers under Ron Wolf in the early 1990s in the scouting department. When Thompson took over the front office in 2005, he kept Dorsey on as his director of college scouting, before making him director of football operations in 2012.
In this mock I have used the trade value chart from Drafttek. In the first trade, I have the Packers trading the 26th pick in the first round to the Dolphins for four picks. The Fins would give the Packers the 42nd pick (Round 2), the 82nd pick (Round 3), the 146th pick (Round 5) and the 224th pick (Round 7).
The Packers then would trade picks No. 122 (Round 4), 146 (Round 5), 159 (Round 5), 224 (Round 7) to Kansas City for picks No. 99 (Round 4) and 207 (Round 7).
This scenario would give Green Bay five picks in the top 100, plus the Packers would have two picks each in round's two and three. In all, the Packers would have nine draft selections.
Like my earlier mock drafts...here, here and here, I will be selecting completely different players in this draft. I still will use the same reasoning though, as I'm trying to select players who fit a need with the Packers.
In my final mock draft, I will pick and choose among those players for my ultimate mock draft.
Let's take a look at this particular mock now.