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We are 15 days from the start of the 2014 NFL draft, but right now, I'm zeroing on two players who I believe the Packers and Ted Thompson might select in the first round.
You might see a reunion of linebacker C.J. Mosley and running back Eddie Lacy, pictured above after Alabama won the 2013 BCS National Championship Game versus Notre Dame.
Mosley would be perfect for the Packers. Chris Landry told me about his attributes recently:
"C.J. Mosley is even more versatile. To me, he's kind of the new-age of linebackers, in that he can stay on the field for three downs. He's outstanding in coverage. He's got great pursuit speed. He's got really good instincts. He's a good tackler.
"I mean, he can play the run and he can play the pass with equal effectiveness. Not any issues there. Doesn't play over a tight end as well. More of a weak-side guy. But he is someone who when you go up against spread offenses and some uptempo stuff, he's a guy who you don't have to worry about substituting for because he can run like a deer."
Mosley has the stats to prove Landry right, as he had a great career for the Crimson Tide. In four years, Mosley had 319 tackles, 23 tackles for a loss, 6.5 sacks, five interceptions (three for touchdowns), 24 passes defended, one fumble recovery and two forced fumbles.
Another player who is on my radar is safety Calvin Pryor of Louisville.
Landry also likes Pryor when he compared him to safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix of Alabama, who I expect to be selected before the hard-htting Cardinal:
"I think the difference between Clinton-Dix and Calvin Pryor, I think both are outstanding. Both will be really good players. I think Clinton-Dix is a little more rangy in coverage, and Pryor is a little more physical coming down the hill in defending the run. The both can play free (safety), but I think Clinton-Dix has a little bit more range.
"It's really what you are looking for. Pryor does a good job of playing deep, but coming down hill a little bit better than Clinton-Dix defending the run. Both can latch-on to cover or slide-cover the tight end. They can stay on the field in the nickel. Both are very good. I expect them to go high (in the 2014 NFL draft), but I think Clinton-Dix's range is a little bit better."
Pryor also had a fine career at Louisville. He had 218 tackles, two sacks, seven interceptions, 18 passes defended, one fumble recovery and nine forced fumbles.
Bottom line, the Packers need help at both inside linebacker and at safety. I think that is where the focus of the team will be early in the draft.