Packers 2013 Mock Draft: Predictions for Day 2 and Beyond
By all accounts, the selection of Jones Thursday night was a home run for general manager Ted Thompson.
Now, the Packers will attempt to build on their first-round success by hitting on their remaining seven picks Friday and Saturday.
Remaining needs in Green Bay include safety, running back, offensive line and outside linebacker.
With the first round in the books, here's how I think the rest of the 2013 NFL draft could potentially shake out for the Packers.
Second Round: TRADE UP for FIU S Jonathan Cyprien
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In my final pre-draft mock draft posted Wednesday, I predicted Jonathan Cyprien to the Green Bay Packers at No. 26 overall. Green Bay rightfully went with Datone Jones at that pick, while Cyprien somewhat surprisingly slipped completely out of the first round.
The Packers should now get aggressive and move up to take Cyprien near the start of the second round.
While there are clearly teams picking in the early second round that could very easily take Cyprien, Green Bay shouldn't hesitate if it could find a way to deal its second-, fourth- and sixth-round picks for an opportunity to select the FIU safety.
A tough, rangy player who is equally adept at free and strong safety, Cyprien would project as an immediate starter alongside Morgan Burnett at the back-end of the Packers' defense.
One could argue teaming Cyprien and Jones with the returns of Desmond Bishop and Nick Perry would give Green Bay a chance to improve drastically on the defensive side of the ball.
Keep in mind, Thompson was willing to spend draft capital on securing Casey Hayward in the second round last April. That decision worked out well. This one could pay off similarly.
All general managers want more swings in the draft, but fixing the safety position with Cyprien would be well worth an aggressive move up from Ted Thompson.
Third Round: WR Stedman Bailey, West Virginia
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In all honesty, if the Green Bay Packers moved up to take Jonathan Cyprien, this pick could be a prime candidate to be dealt away for more picks later on. But we won't get into too many "if" scenarios with trades here.
With back-to-back picks spent on defensive players, I'll stick with my original selection of West Virginia's Stedman Bailey in the third round.
The Packers have obviously lost former Pro Bowler Greg Jennings from their talented receiving corps. Bailey might be his closest comparison in this draft.
A deceptive route-runner who knows how to get open, Bailey would help fill in some of Jennings' missing production in 2013 before presenting an answer for the potential departures of James Jones and Jermichael Finley in free agency next spring.
The Packers have been smart about reloading the receiver position before it's ever close to a need, and I wouldn't expect that to change here. There's too much receiver talent in the top 100 picks to pass on adding a player like Bailey.
Fifth Round: OLB Michael Buchanan, Illinois
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Running back is a pressing need that the Green Bay Packers could look to address in the fifth round, but one glance at the outside linebacker depth chart is all the convincing one should need about taking such a player in this draft.
Clay Matthews and Nick Perry are penciled-in starters, but only Dezman Moses remains as a capable backup behind the two. Matthews and Perry both missed time with injuries last season, so the Packers need to provide quality depth at the position.
Michael Buchanan is certainly one option for adding that depth.
A long, versatile defender who has experience rushing the passer standing up and dropping into coverage, Buchanan is an ideal candidate to both back up the position and potentially rush the passer in some subpackages.
Fifth Round (Compensatory): OT Jordan Mills, Louisiana Tech
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My original mock draft only featured one offensive lineman, a center selected in the seventh round.
Considering how poor the Green Bay Packers were at times last season along the offensive line, it's difficult to imagine them bypassing the area until that late in the draft. In this version, Green Bay takes Louisiana Tech offensive tackle Jordan Mills with one of its fifth-round picks.
Mills is a powerful tackle with good size (6'5") and the potential versatility to play guard and both tackle positions.
At the very least, Mills could provide added depth at right tackle and both guard positions. In the absolute best-case scenario, he impresses enough at right tackle that the Packers move Bryan Bulaga over to the left side and have Mills start right away.
Seventh Round: RB Miguel Maysonet, Stony Brook
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While a back such as Le'Veon Bell, Montee Ball or Stepfan Taylor (just to name a few) may provide instant impact from the middle rounds, don't discount the potential of Stony Brook's Miguel Maysonet being a surprise in his first year at the next level.
A balanced and deceptive runner, Maysonet produced in all three of his seasons at Stony Brook. And while his straight-line speed might not blow anyone away, he's explosive enough in short areas to be a productive NFL back right away.
Remember, Alfred Morris wasn't a high pick last April, and he went on to rush for 1,600 yards for the Washington Redskins. Maysonet might not have that kind of impact, but he's a similar runner who just needs to fall into the right place and opportunity.