Chris Borland stays home in our latest mock draft for the Green Bay Packers.
The Green Bay Packers are generally known as one of the better teams when it comes to the NFL draft. And this year should be no different in regards to Green Bay finishing with one of the better drafts.
However, what is different is the amount of holes that the Packers have on their roster heading into the offseason. With so many troubling positions that need to be addressed, Green Bay can't afford to have any misses this year.
Our first mock draft of the year for Green Bay is extremely defensive heavy. In fact, an offensive player isn't drafted until the sixth round for the Packers.
Here's the mock draft with scouting profiles for each player that Green Bay selects.
It'd be great if the Green Bay Packers could get one of the top two elite safeties—Alabama's Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix and Louisville's Calvin Pryor—in this year's draft. However, that seems more and more unlikely with so many teams needing safeties earlier in the draft.
That will likely force the Packers to either reach for a safety or address a different position. Since Green Bay isn't known as a team that reaches, the most likely scenario is that they'll address their second-biggest need, the defensive line.
Enter Ra'Shede Hageman from Minnesota and his freakish athleticism. Few defensive ends move as easily and are as disruptive as Hageman is. While he's not extremely polished against the run, Hageman's ability to get after the quarterback definitely makes up for it.
What the Packers need along their defensive line are playmakers, and Hageman certainly fits the bill.
With the way his offseason has been going, it's definitely possible that safety Jimmie Ward will be gone way before the Green Bay Packers pick in the second round. However, the stud from the Senior Bowl is still looking like he'll be going on the second day of the draft as of right now.
Ward is far from a finished product, but his upside far outweighs any slight growing pains he may have at the start of his career. Ward is a playmaker in the secondary who has the ability to make create turnovers with his hands and big hits.
The only real issue with Ward going to Green Bay is that he's going to need to be a strong safety in the NFL. That would force Morgan Burnett back to free safety where he had major struggles this year.
The secondary was easily the biggest problem area for the Packers this past season. A player like Ward could step in from day one and provide a huge upgrade in the secondary for Green Bay.
Chris Borland is another player who is rapidly moving up draft boards after an extremely strong showing at the Senior Bowl. However, his lack of ideal size at 5'11" and 247 pounds will ultimately make him available in the middle rounds of this year's draft.
What makes Borland such an intriguing prospect for the Green Bay Packers is the fact that he brings 100 percent effort every single time he steps on the field. He's got a knack for getting to the football and simply knows how to make plays.
With Brad Jones struggling throughout the 2013 season, the Packers could use an inside linebacker to start next to the revitalized A.J. Hawk. While Borland may not be considered an elite prospect, he's one of the better all-around talents available this year.
The Packers will know exactly what they're going to get with Borland, and that's a solid player who can make an impact right away while improving the overall production on the defensive side of the ball.
While the past two prospects have been rising up draft boards after a strong showing at the Senior Bowl, Daniel McCullers has been doing the exact opposite. In fact, Bleacher Report's Matt Miller had a handful of terrible things to say about McCullers this week.
However, McCullers is still a 6'7" and 348-pound behemoth of a man. His biggest strength is stuffing the run, which is exactly what makes him such an attractive prospect to the Green Bay Packers.
He's got the size to take on two blockers at once and doesn't get moved easily at the point of attack. Now, McCullers won't offer much against the pass, but he has the potential to grow into a solid all-around player.
If McCullers can prove that his poor showing at the Senior Bowl was a fluke, he'd be a great mid-round pick for the Packers.
Five rounds and five defensive players for the Green Bay Packers in this mock draft. The latest pick is the third defensive lineman in Deandre Coleman from California.
Much like Daniel McCullers, Coleman is a prospect who is ready to contribute in a major way for the Packers against the run. Coleman moves well when out in space and has the ability to chase down ball-carrier and make plays.
While Coleman played mostly defensive tackle in college, he has the tools to move to defensive end in the Packers' 3-4 defense. As limited as Coleman is in creating any type of pressure against the pass, his upside against the run makes up for it.
With Coleman, McCullers and Ra'Shede Hageman all added through the draft, the Packers would completely revamp their defensive line in this year's draft.
The first offensive player that the Green Bay Packers select is easiest the riskiest player. In fact, tight end Colt Lyerla might be the riskiest prospect in the entire NFL draft this year.
His off-field troubles are well known, but what Lyerla does on the field as a player is simply incredible. His versatility to play multiple positions and line up all over the field would bring something special to the Packers offense.
Lyerla needs to get a little better as a blocking tight end, but that's something he'd certainly be able to pick up once he gets to the NFL. As long as the Packers feel confident that Lyerla has put his past behind him, he'd be an absolute steal in the sixth round.
At only 5'8" and 175 pounds, Kent State's Dri Archer might seem a little small to be a productive NFL wide receiver. However, that's not why the Green Bay Packers are selecting Archer.
No, the reason they need him on their team is for his ability on special teams. Archer has phenomenal quickness and is a threat to score every single time he touches the ball.
With the Packers getting little production from their return men last year, they absolutely need to add a weapon who can act simply as a return specialist. This would also allow wide receiver Randall Cobb and safety Micah Hyde to continue to focus and develop at their specific positions.
Look for the Packers to add a kick returner in this year's draft and for Archer to be at the top of their list.