Green Bay Packers' Mock Draft
The Packers have three major positions of need this offseason: OLB, OT, and CB.
Those are the three positions that need immediate help. Without a new CBA, not to mention Ted Thompson's usual inactivity in free agency, I think it's safe to say they will need to address all of these needs in the draft.
I will be listing multiple picks for each round because it's impossible to predict who will fall to us. So without any further ado, here we go:
Round One: Jerry Hughes, DE/OLB, TCU
Hughes is an explosive pass-rusher who had 26 sacks over the past two years. I like him more than Brandon Graham because his natural athleticism—he is a converted running back—will make him better in coverage and he'll be more likely to make the transition from end to linebacker.
Other Possibilities: Brian Bulaga, Iowa or Anthony Davis, Rutgers
I think these two are the best of the OTs behind Russell Okung, and I would love one of them here. I doubt both will fall, but if one does, I'd prefer one of them.
Round Two: Jason Fox, Miami; Selvish Capers, West Virginia
Assuming neither of the first-round OTs falls to us, I think we have to go with one of these two guys in the second. I like Fox better. He's proven to be durable and Miami tends to produce good pro players (see 2001 Miami Hurricanes). On the flip side, Capers is more athletic and could develop into a better player with time.
Other Possibilities: Devin McCourtey, Rutgers; Donovan Warren, Michigan; Syd-Quad Thompson, Cal; Kyle Wilson, Boise State
I like all of these guys because they are the best cover-corners in the draft besides Joe Haden. If the two above OTs don't fall to us, I would love to shore up the corner position with one of these guys. Warren and Wilson are the least likely to still be here, but if one falls, they'd be a huge steal we shouldn't pass up.
Round Three: Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, CB/FS, Indiana
This is one of those guys that every team has in their mock draft in the fourth or fifth round. I love this guy, so I'm taking him in the third to make sure we get him. He would immediately shore up the dime spot, provide safety depth, and even contribute right away on special teams.
Other possibilities: Amari Speivey, CB, Iowa; Roger Saffold, Indiana; Selvish Capers, West Virginia
Speivey is a guy who could step in and be the nickel back if Al Harris doesn't return. He's got better corner skills than Owusu-Ansah, but isn't as versatile.
I put Capers here too because he's projected as a third or fourth round pick by CBS, but I see him as being undervalued. The combine will give us a better perspective. Saffold is a solid pick here who I think could start right away if Clifton isn't resigned—and I don't like TJ Lang as a starting LT.
Round Four: Ciron Black, OT, LSU
I think we need to come out of the first four rounds with two OTs. Black is a huge guy who will play as a RT. I project him backing up Tauscher to start the season and taking over in a couple years.
Other Possibilities: LaGarrette Blount, HB, Oregon
Another guy everyone's taking in the fifth. HB's not a need here, especially not a power back, but Blount might be too much to pass up. He's quick, powerful, and would be a steal this late in the draft.
Round Five (Part One): Darryl Sharpton, ILB, Miami
I like this kid. He's a tackling machine, notching 106 in 2009, including 15 against Wisconsin in the Champs Sports Bowl. Again, I like the school here, producing past LBs such as Jonathan Vilma and DJ Williams. I think Sharpton could be the backup, rotating in at the ILB spots this season.
Round Five (Part Two): Trindon Holliday, WR, LSU
Here's a guy everyone's taking in the seventh. I actually consider this guy to be our highest priority in the draft. Never underestimate the value of a great return man, and that's exactly what Holliday could be. He makes Wil Blackmon expendable, and could really energize the special teams, something Green Bay hasn't been good with in a long time.
Round Six: Aaron Webster, SS, Cincinnati
Here's a guy who was All-Big East, third on the team in tackles, and led Cincinnati in INTs and pass breakups. He's got good size (6'1'', 205 lbs.) and would make a solid late-round pick.
Round Seven: Zoltan Mesko, P, Michigan
Can you really go wrong with a name like Zoltan? The kid's huge and his leg strength is great. All jokes aside, though, a punter is the pick here. College punters usually are hard to gage talent wise, but here are some names that are looking like they'll be drafted: Matt Dodge, East Carolina; Jeremy Boone, Penn State (my pick); and Scott Ravanesi, Southern Illinois.
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