The 2010 NFL Draft is two weeks away, and draft talks are heating up around the National Football League.
In the first round...
...the Packers should select an offensive lineman or linebacker.
The pick is Jerry Hughes, DE/OLB from TCU. This would be a great pick for Green Bay. Hughes on the opposite side of Clay Matthews would be epic for the Packers, giving them two complete players who always play to their ability and play great each and every game.
Hughes dominated college football against opponents for the TCU Horned Frogs, and would be glad to do so for the Packers. Imagine a linebacking crew of Matthews, A.J. Hawk, Nick Barnett, and Hughes. It would be one of the best in the NFL. Don't forget Brad Jones, who is an excellent back-up for the Packers that filled in great for the injured Aaron Kampman last season.
Charles Brown, OT, USC, Taylor Mays, S, USC, Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State, and Brandon Graham, LB, Michigan.
Mays and Graham would be steals at this pick, and would be great picks, and bring all the right energy to the football field. Mays is a big-hitting safety, and Graham is a tenacious linebacker.
Wilson is a good coverage cornerback, and is super athletic, and has rising stock.
Brown played in a pro-type offense at USC, and can be an impact player, that could be the successor to Chad Clifton or Mark Tauscher, who are not getting any younger.
In the second round...
...the Packers select Jared Veldheer, OT, Hillsdale. The Packers take Veldheer, and have future starter in this pick. He has the athleticism to be a good tackle in this league. Veldheer is rising on draft boards, and is a good pick for the Packers. Veldheer can sit behind Clifton and Tauscher for a year, and learn the reigns.
In the third round...
...the Packers select Donovan Warren, CB, Michigan. Warren has the athleticism to play in the NFL. He has played at Michigan since he was a freshman, and is an excellent coverage back. He hurt is stock by a bad 40-yard dash time but at the Combine, but at this point he is a steal.
I think at this point in the draft the Packers need to select a cornerback or safety. Cornerback is a bigger need. I would love to see Brandon Ghee to fall to the Packers, but I do not think that is likely. Other corners to watch are Perrish Cox of Oklahoma State, Javier Arenas of Alabama, Jerome Murphy of South Florida, or A.J. Jefferson of Fresno State.
The Packers could also go for the offensive line again, and possibly select Selvish Capers, OT, West Virginia. Capers is a big lineman, and would need a few years before he is ready for a starting role. I could see Thompson taking a gamble on this prospect from West Virginia.
The Packers may even go after Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, CB. This kid has excellent speed and good hands. With Thompson loving super-athletic players, who knows, Owusu-Ansah may be selected by the Packers.
In the fourth round...
...The Packers select Selvish Capers, OT, West Virginia. Capers is just the type of pick Thompson would select. He is big, he is a long-term project, but is capable of being a good player in the NFL.
The Packers could select Kyle Calloway, OT, Iowa. He is big, blocker, who would fit nicely on the Packers line.
The Packers could also go for a safety and select Larry Asante or Darrell Stuckey, who both are good tacklers and speedy safeties that can make plays.
A running back isn't out of the question either. Joe McKnight, Jonathon Dwyer, Dexter McCluster, Montario Hardesty, or even Toby Gerhart could be on Thompson's draft board.
In the fifth round...
The Packers select Larry Asante, SS, Nebraska, and Austen Lane, DE, Murray State. Asante can hit hard and is an excellent tackler. Plus, he's athletic. He played on the one of the best defenses in college football last year at Nebraska, and has the intangibles to succeed in the NFL.
Austen Lane, is a D-II player, who has speed, and is big. He can get off the corner extremely fast, too. His first steps are exceptional, and has tremendous quickness for a defensive lineman. Lane is also an extremely intelligent football player on the field. Lane is on the rise, and is moving up draft boards.
LeGarrete Blount, RB, Oregon could be here, and Thompson might take a look at this big, powerful back.
In the sixth round...
The Packers select Zoltan Mesko, P, Michigan. The Packers desperately need to improve their special teams, and it starts with their punting. Mesko was the best punter in college football last year, and has quite a leg. Mesko would be a good pick, and fills a need for the Pack.
In the seventh round...
The Packers select Trindon Holliday, ATH, LSU. Holliday is the type of athlete that can change games, and is playmaker on offense and special teams. He could be used in the wildcat, and on special teams. Holliday is an explosive back, speedy, and versatile enough to be in the NFL. I see Holliday as a Darren Sproles type player. He is someone that has big bursts and can explode out of anywhere.
Well, there is a look at who the Green Bay Packers might draft, and who they might be looking at. The draft is less than 10 days away and is coming up very fast. It's football time again!
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