Arrigo's Packers Mock V.12.0 and O.T.S. (Rumors)

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Arrigo's Packers Mock V.12.0 and O.T.S. (Rumors)
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I decided that I would make the O.T.S. and my Packers mock one blog/article. It saves time for me to post both together as one piece. I also wanted to wish my mother, Cathy and youngest son, Dominic a very Happy Birthday (on February 4th & 5th).

Let me start by saying thank you for all the support that you give me and have given me over the years. I say this because  I recently read a very unflattering piece directed at my by Railbird Central's Brian Carriveau. He wrote that I make up my rumors. I respect Brian and admire his work covering the Packers on his site. Just because he has heard differently from what I have heard doesn't mean I make up my rumors. Many different things are floating around this time of the year and it is not always what everyone else has heard.

We do have each others e-mails and I would have hoped that if he has an issue with me that he would have e-mailed me directly opposed to writing it about me and "blind siding" me. I am not upset at him, nor do I wish him any ill will or "beef". I just hope that we can resolve what ever issue is there on his end (becasue I don't have one with him). Get at me Brian, I am free any time you are to discuss this. 

Now to the O.T.S.

RUMOR

n.

  1. A piece of unverified information of uncertain origin usually spread by word of mouth.
  2. Unverified information received from another; hearsay.

I have heard (and believe it has been reported) that the Packers top 3 priorities this off season are to re-sign defensive tackle Ryan Pickett. The second is to re-sign offensive tackles Chad Clifton and Mark Tauscher and finally re-sign outside linebacker Aaron Kampman. I have heard that the Packers have made a "very nice" offer to Kampman. I have no word on what the dollar figures are or for how many years.

I have heard that USC safety Taylor Mays left the Packers scouts and coaches with a lot to be desired as they came away "unimpressed" after the Senior Bowl week. He did play better in the game (coming away with a interception) , but his stock (as of now) is falling from mid-first round to the 20's if not early second round.

The next group of safties to watch (after Berry, Mays and Thomas) are Chad Jones of LSU and Morgan Burnett of Georgia Tech. I have heard that the Packers are really doing their homework with the two safties (who are graded out 2nd rounders).

A player I hear the Packers had a lot of interest in while in Mobile, Alabama is Dexter McCluster, the playmaker from Ole Miss. I heard that the team had "more than a few" conversations with him and like his make-up and football IQ. McCluster could fill three "needs" for the Packers as a 3rd running back, a 5th wide receiver and a return specialist.

A few more players that I was told the Packers are high on are Jerry Hughes (OLB, TCU), Sean Weatherspoon (LB, Mizzu) Jason Fox (OT, Miami) Darryl Washington (MLB, TCU), Cameron Sheffield (OLB, Troy), Kyle Wilson (CB, Boise St.), Perrish Cox (CB, Oklahoma St.), Amari Spievey (CB, Iowa), Dominique Franks (CB, Oklahoma) and Devin McCourty (CB, Rutgers).

Many teams may not have Oregon running back LeGarrette Blount on their draft boards because of "charactor issues", but I have heard the Packers people spoke with him while at the Senior Bowl and came away with a positive impression. I have also heard that the Packers would like to add a big back to get the tough short yard, and Blount can do just that.

Kyle Wilson of Boise St. blew the Packers (and most NFL teams) away while in Mobile, Alabama not just with his playing, but also his personality. I heard they really like what he brings to the table as a corner and think he would be perfect fit in their secondary.

They also came away impressed with Perrish Cox. He flashed the big time play-making skills he showed while at Oklahoma St. Cox is a guy that should be available in the second round should the Packers not select a corner in round 1.

Many people, including myself have bought into Idaho offensive guard Mike Iupati. He is a big, strong, athletic guy that could play guard or tackle in the NFL. But Mike Mayock said that the more he watched tape on him the more he see's him as a gut that grabs instead of punches (which leads to holding calls). It may not be a red flag, but it is something to keep an eye on.

Two offensive tackle names that have been linked by some scouts that could be available when the Packers pick in round 1 (if they stay there) are Bruce Campbell of Maryland and Charles Brown of USC. Campbell has some injury concerns while Brown, some scouts feel, isn't strong enough as a run blocker. 

As expected, Myron Rolle blew away everyone that he met with at the Senior Bowl. If the term "Packers People" had a picture next to it, it could very well be his face. Everyone raved about him and rightfully so. But remember this, he had 1 interception in 3 years starting at Florida St. while Mays had 5 in four years.

A player that I hear the Packers feel is a good fit in their 3-4 is Penn St.'s Jared Odrick.

Two other players that had the Packers attention at the Senior Bowl were A J Edds (ILB, Iowa) and Colin Peek (TE, Alabama).

I heard something that I found both interesting and frustrating (to me at least). I heard that the Packers are actually looking to trade out of the first round. The reason being is the Packers feel the "cut-off" is 19 players in the first round. They feel that they can get the same type of  player in the early second round, with added picks, if they trade back a few spots. It is early, but I thought that I would pass that along. 

I also have heard that the Packers want to add a saftey early in the draft (possibly round 1). Would they reach for the athletic and playmaking Jones or take the hard hitting Mays? 

I have heard that the Packers won't pay the type of money Chargers OLB Shawne Merriman will want and won't part with the draft picks as well, so don't look for him in Green Bay in 2010. (Sorry Nick Barnett and Ryan Grant).

I have been hearing (for a while now) that Ted Thompson is looking to add a couple "Level II" free agents. 

Here  is my Packers mock v.12.0. I added in the players I think the Packers will re-sign and also who the will not bring back.

With the CBA situation still unsettled, I think Packers G.M. Ted Thompson focuses on the Packers free agents and sticks with his normal modus operandi (building through the draft). But I do think a deal get done at the 11th hour and I expect the Packers to sign two level II free agents.

I think the Packers resign: Nick Collins, Ryan Pickett, Tramon Williams, Aaron Kampman, Jason Spitz, Chad Clifton, Mark Tausher, Desmond Bishop, Derrick Martin, Will Blackmon, Anthony Toribio and Johnny Jolly.

I don’t think the Packers resign and/or release:  Daryn Colledge, Donald Lee,  Jeremy Kapinos, Patrick Williams, Jarrett Bush, Josh Bell, Trevor Ford, Matt Giordano,  Brady Poppinga, Atari Bigby, Deshawn Wynn, Devin Frischknecht and Mike Montgomery.

As far as the draft, I think Thompson will look for and consider a “special kind of player” (or “difference maker”) in the first round. Thompson seems to stay “true” to his board and draft BPA, but his board always seems to have the BPA at a position of the Packers ”need”. So in my mock, I tried to stay as true to my board as possible. 

I also believe that the Packers will receive a 5th round comp pick for Colin Cole.

Here is the mock and I hope you have a great weekend.

Mock Draft v.12.0

Round 1: Kyle Wilson- CB- Bosie St.: The Packers corner situation is not that great. After Woodson and Williams there are question marks. Can Al Harris come back from a torn ACL? Is Pat Lee gonna be a player and stay healthy? They can't trust Jarrett Bush and Will Blackmon is also coming off an ACL injury. Wilson has all the tools to be a future star in the NFL and in Dom Capers scheme.

Round 2: Chad Jones- S- LSU: Even if the Packers bring back Atari Bigby (which I doubt), they need to upgrade the strong safety spot. Jones can cover, hit and return punts. He is a playmaking safety that is not afraid to take on a runningback or tight end.

Round 3: Dexter McCluster-RB/WR/KR- Ole Miss: McCluster is a doing every thing football player that is tough, smart and instictive. He fills multiple “needs” for the Packers including a 3rd running back, a 5th wide receiver and a kick returner. He can also line up as a QB in a “Wild Pack” formation. Here is a bit of info that is in the new O.T.S. (above): I have heard the Packers have met with him a few times in Mobile and have a big time iterest in him.

Round 4: Rodger Saffold- OT- Indiana: This kid turned heads  at the Shrine game and a few reports had Thompson and other Packers scouts looking at him "hard". Big, strong, long armed kid that has all the things the Packers want from a left tackle. If Clifton is resigned, then he has a year to develop, which would only help him.

Round 5 ( A ): Akwasi Owusu-Ansah- CB/FS- Indiana (PA): A playmaker that has it all and is an outstanding return man. He is a ball hawk that may rise up draft boards after the combine but is coming off an injury. He has great size and speed and would be a welcome addition the the Packers secondary. I see him as a 5th CB, back up free safety and a returnman.

Round 5 ( B ): Cameron Sheffield- OLB- Troy: Sheffield projects as a perfect 3-4 rush linebacker. He still needs to work on some things, but he has a great first step and just makes plays.

Round 6: Freddie Barnes- WR- Bowling Green: I love Barnes. He reminds me of a “poor man’s” Greg Jennings. I think this kid is a major sleeper in this draft. He isn’t fast, but this kid catches everything thrown his way, gets in and ut of his breaks quickly, quick hips and has good size (6′0/212). He understands how to play WR and would be an excellent 5th receiver for the Packers until he move up the depth chart. He also can return kicks and punts if needed.

Round 7: Michael Hoomanawanui- TE- Illinois: A big guy (6'4/ 267 lbs) that could be the blocking tight end the Packers need to compliment Jermichael Finley and Spencer Havner. He also has some decent hands.

Mock Draft 11.0

Round 1: Mike Iupati- OL- Idaho

Round 2: Perrish Cox- CB/KR- Oklahoma St.

Round 3: Dexter McCluster- RB/WR/KR- Ole Miss

Round 4:  Akwasi Owusu-Ansah- CB/FS- Indiana (PA)

Round 5 ( a ): Myron Rolle- SS- Florida St.

Round 5 ( b ): Cameron Sheffield- OLB- Troy

Round 6: Freddie Barnes- WR- Bowling Green

Round 7: Jimmy Graham- TE- Miami

Mock Draft 10.0

Round 1: Jahvid Best- RB- Cal

Round 2: Chad Jones- S- LSU

Round 3: Rodger Saffold- LT- Indiana

Round 4: Akwasi Owusu-Ansah- CB- Indiana (PA)

Round 5 ( a ): O”Brien Schofield- OLB- Wisconsin

Round 5 ( b ): Freddie Barnes- WR- Bowling Green

Round 6: Joique Bell- RB- Wayne State (MI)

Round 7: John Skelton- QB- Fordham

Recap of Mock  9.0

Round 1: Taylor Mays- S- USC

Round 2: Donovan Warren- DB- Michigan

Round 3: Rodger Saffold- OT- Indiana

Round 4: Akwasi Owusu-Ansah- CB- Indiana (PA)

Round 5 ( a ): Joique Bell- RB- Wayne State (MI)

Round 5 ( b ): Trindon Holliday- WR/KR- LSU

Round 6: Arthur Moats- OLB- James Madison

Round 7: Stafon Johnson- RB- USC

Recap of Mock 8.0

Round 1: Jahvid Best- RB- Cal

Round 2: Selvish Capers- RT- W. Virginia

Round 3: Akwasi Owusu-Ansah- CB- Indiana (PA)

Round 4: Barry Church- SS- Toledo

Round 5 ( A ): Vince Oghobaase- DE/DT- Duke

Round 5 ( B ): Zoltan Mesko- P- Michigan

Round 6: Arthur Moats- OLB- James Madison

Round 7: Trindon Holliday- WR/KR- LSU

Recap of Mock 7.0

Round 1: Bruce Campbell- OT- Maryland

Round 2: Chad Jones- S- LSU

Round 3: Akwasi Owusu-Ansah- CB- Indiana (PA)

Round 4: LeGarrette Blount- RB- Oregon

Round 5 ( A ): Matt Dodge- P- East Carolina

Round 5 ( B ): Arthur Moats- OLB- James Madison

Round 6: Kelton Tindal- WR- Newberry

Round 7: Greg Middleton- DE- Indiana

Recap of Mock 6.0

Round 1: CJ Spiller- RB- Clemson

Round 2: Charles Brown- OT- USC

Round 3: Akwasi Owusu-Ansah- CB- Indiana (PA)

Round 4: Barry Church- SS- Toledo

Round 5 ( A ): Matt Dodge- P- East Carolina

Round 5 ( B ): Arthur Moats- OLB- James Madison

Round 6: Kelton Tindal- WR- Newberry

Round 7: Greg Middleton- DE- Indiana

Recap of Mock 5.0

Round 1: C.J. Spiller- RB- Clemson

Round 2 ( A ): Jerry Hughes- OLB- TCU

Round 2 ( B ): Akwasi Owusu-Ansah- CB- Indiana (PA)

Round 3: Kurt Coleman- SS- Ohio St.

Round 4: LeGarrette Blount- RB- Oregon

Round 5 ( A ): Rodger Safford- OT- Indiana

Round 5 ( B ): Matt Dodge- P- East Carolina

Round 6: Brandon Deaderick- DE- Alabama

Round 7: Zac Robinson- QB- Oklahoma St

Recap of my Mock 4.0:

Round 1: Taylor Mays- SS- USC

Round 2 ( A ): Jonathan Dwyer- RB- Georgia Tech

Round 2 ( B ) : Mike Johnson- OL- Alabama

Round 3: Akwasi Owusu-Ansah- CB- Indiana (PA)

Round 4 ( A ): Cameron Sheffield- OLB- Troy

Round 4 ( B ): Alex Carrington- DE- Arkansas St.

Round 5: Taylor Price- WR- Ohio

Round 6: Michael Smith- RB- Arkansas

Round 7: Zac Robinson- QB- Oklahoma St

Recap of my Mock 3.0:

Round 1: Taylor Mays- S- USC

Round 2: Jonathan Dwyer- RB- Georgia Tech

Round 3: Bruce Campbell- OT- Maryland

Round 4: Chris Scott- OT- Tennessee

Round 5: Cameron Sheffield- OLB- Troy

Round 6: LeGarrette Blount- RB- Oregon

Round 7: Brandon Banks- WR/KR/PR- Kansas St

Recap of my Mock 2.0:

Round 1 (mid/late): Chad Jones- S- LSU

Round 2: Akwasi Owusu-Ansah- CB- Indiana (PA):

Round 3: Joe McKnight- RB- USC

Round 4: Kyle Calloway- OT- Iowa

Round 5: Eric Decker- WR- Minnesota

Round 6: LeGarrette Blount- RB- Oregon:

Round 7: Isiah “Juice” Williams- QB- Illinois

Recap of my Mock 1.0:

Round 1: (mid/late round ): Joe McKnight- RB- USC

Round 2: Ciron Black- OT- LSU

Round 3: Akwasi Owusu-Ansah- CB- Indiana (PA)

Round 4: Myron Rolle- S- FSU

Round 5: Davis Gettis- WR- Baylor:

Round 6: Ryan Perrilloux- QB- Jacksonville St.

Round 7: Allen Bradford- RB- USC

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