March 23, 2010
With the start of the NFL Draft rapidly approaching and both ESPN and NFL Network putting the Packers "On the Clock" this week, it's time we take another look at some possible Packer prospects.
Now looking at history, just because we look at and target 10 or 20 players doesn't mean Ted Thompson will pick one of them.
Around the mock-o-sphere in 2007, nobody was saying Justin Harrell would be his first pick. In 2008, I never saw anyone clamoring for Jordy Nelson to be the Packers' first pick.
But let's take a look at some of the guys mentioned by Mike Mayock, Bucky Brooks, Tom Pelissero, Mel Kiper, Trent Dilfer, and the tan Todd McShay.
Kiper mentioned Brian Bulaga, although I see many mocks having him go in the top 10. But Mel knows as much as Scott Wright and his crowd, or Walter and his mock sheep. So who knows. Would you be surprised to see Bulaga in a Packers' uniform? He'd blend in quite well I think, and so does Mel.
Pelly mentioned Anthony Davis. I find that extremely unlikely and honestly was taken aback to hear Tom mention him. First of all, it's very unlikely he will last that long, and second, we all know Ted's MO regarding his offensive linemen.
Safety Taylor Mays was also mentioned. I can see this, especially as Dom Capers needs somebody who's able to cover the middle of the field. Mays has great size to take away some passing lanes, and he has great timed speed. But Mays' football instincts are very questionable.
Many people feel the Packers need to boost their pass rush first and foremost. Brad Jones was a heck of a seventh round find last year, and he did pretty well when he got the chance to play more after Aaron Kampman's knee snapped.
But Jones was absolutely nowhere to be seen around Roethlisberger and Warner in games that both QB's had all day to pick apart the Packers' pathetic secondary. Good teams realized that they just need to help out on the left side against Matthews and have the right tackle bottle up Jones.
If the Packers could add a stud pass rusher on the left side, opposite Matthews, it could immediately make opposing QB's jobs a lot more difficult, and would make the coverage all look better. That is how the Saints' defense was able to contain Warner, Favre, and then Manning. They went after the QB's from all sides and angles.
So, with that being said, let me present a couple of scenarios to play out, and you vote on which combo you'd prefer.