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A Scout's Take on the Overall Draft Strategy of the Green Bay Packers
Darron Cummings

We are now less than two weeks away from the 2014 NFL draft. On Friday I had another opportunity to speak with scout Chris Landry on Steve Duemig's radio show.

Landry has scouted for both the Cleveland Browns and the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans and is now a scouting consultant for several NFL teams.

Chris is also one of the scouts who first put together the NFL Scouting Combine.

Chris is truly one of the best evaluators of talent in the business, and I wanted him to put his general manager's hat on and talk about what his strategy would be if he had that role with the Green Bay Packers for the 2014 NFL draft.

Landry knows Ted Thompson, and he also knows his tendencies, so I thought his opinion regarding this subject would be very insightful. He also talked with Thompson at the most recent combine.

"For the Pack, I think they need help at free safety, a tight end, a young 3-4 defensive end, another 3-4 outside backer, a young inside backer [and] a young corner. I think the pass-rush needs an upgrade."

I've been talking with Landry for months now regarding the upcoming draft, and in my many draft articles, I have focused on the positions he has mentioned.

I have done five mock drafts so far for the Packers, and in my most recent one I had the Packers taking an inside linebacker, a safety, a cornerback, a tight end and a defensive end.

In my fourth mock draft, I actually had the Packers taking a player at every position Chris talked about.

Landry also talked about the modus operandi of Thompson when he is running a draft.

"You know as well as I do Bob, that Ted's going to work his draft board and let the best player slip to him, whether it's a linebacker like a [C.J.] Mosley, like we have talked about, or a Ra'Shede Hageman if they aren't concerned about him and his motor. Those types of moves makes some sense for them.

"But it's going to be value at No. 21 and it's going to be value through the rest of the draft. They [the Packers] are one of the best at working the draft because they get the best players on their board. Because they usually fill needs, don't overspend in free agency and usually keep the guys that they want to keep.

"That allows them to go out into the draft and get the best player. If the draft is the most important way and means of how you build your team, which I believe it is, you can't be going around and trying to fill needs. You have to go out and get the best players, and hope that you can fill needs by getting the best players on your draft board. That's what I would do."

Landry then talked about some of the specific players he would target at pick No. 21 if he was the general manager in Green Bay.

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C.J. Mosley

"In terms of a player, I have mentioned a couple of them like Mosley. Maybe one of the safeties [Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Calvin Pryor] is there, but I doubt it. But if one them is there then I think that is in play."

I had the Packers taking Mosley in the first round in my last mock draft, and I had the Packers taking Clinton-Dix in the first round in the mock draft I did prior to that. In earlier mock drafts, I also had the Packers taking Pryor and Hageman in the first round, who Chris also mentioned.

I'm going to do one final mock draft the week of the actual NFL draft, and hope the insight I get from Landry helps me to be somewhat successful in that particular endeavor.

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