Green Bay Packers 2010 Mock Draft
First Round (Pick 23) - Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State
I think the Packers should take Charles Brown, but Ted Thompson's draft record suggests that he won't draft a tackle in the first round. Cornerback also needs depth since Al Harris and Pat Lee went down with injuries, and Jarrett Bush was terrible and easy for Kurt Warner to torch. Wilson has excellent coverage skills and would make an instant impact as a return specialist and a nickel if Woodson or Harris go down with an injury. Woodson and Harris are aging, so depth is needed.
Second Round (Pick 56) - Jared Veldheer, T, Hillsdale
If the Packers don't take a tackle in the first round, a second-round selection can't be ruled out. Daryn Colledge was selected in the second round in the 2006 draft, and he was considered a tackle as well as a guard. Veldheer is from a small school, but Thompson doesn't shy away from small-school prospects, as he proved by drafting Nick Collins in 2005. Veldheer will be a project, but since Chad Clifton and Mark Tauscher were re-signed, that should give a tackle draft pick time to develop into an NFL starter, and he has lots of upside.
Third Round (Pick 86) - Montario Hardesty, RB, Tennessee
Ryan Grant is a great running back, and he rushed for 1,200 yards despite having a shaky offensive line to play behind. The depth is really thin though. If Grant got injured, all the Packers would have is Brandon Jackson and DeShawn Wynn. Grant needs a complement in the backfield, and Hardesty fits in a zone-blocking scheme. He could be a useful blocker as well with his size. He also scored 13 touchdowns in 2009 for Tennessee, so he's a scoring threat.
Fourth Round (Pick 122) - Larry Asante, S, Nebraska
Atari Bigby is injury-prone and Matt Giordano did a terrible job filling in for him against the Cardinals. Bigby was tendered as a free agent, and if he continues to be injury-prone, he may not be back in 2011. Derrick Martin is the only strong safety behind him, and he hasn't proven that he can fill Bigby's shoes, so competition and depth would be useful for the Packers.
Fifth Round (Pick 154) - O'Brien Schofield, DE/LB, Wisconsin
Schofield was considered a second-round prospect, but he suffered a torn ACL, and his stock has plummeted since, but he is extremely talented when healthy. He was the MVP of the East-West Shrine Game, and he projects to be a 3-4 OLB in the NFL. The Packers hit a home run by picking Clay Matthews in the draft last year, and Brad Jones proved to be a great value pick in the seventh round. He filled in well for Aaron Kampman but isn't proven as a full-time starter, and depth is needed since Kampman left for Jacksonville.
Fifth Round (Pick 169) - Thomas Austin, G, Clemson
The Packers have solid starting guards in Josh Sitton and Jason Spitz, but Spitz is injury-prone, so depth is needed to go with Daryn Colledge. The Packers got a compensatory pick, so they can get insurance at guard in case Spitz goes down again.
Sixth Round (Pick 193) - Jonathan Crompton, QB, Tennessee
Crompton recently visited the Packers and worked out for them, and they seem to be interested in drafting him. They need a third-string QB since they only have Aaron Rodgers and Matt Flynn.
Seventh Round - Brett Swenson, K, Michigan State
Mason Crosby kicked 75 percent of his field goals successfully, and he's missed crucial field goals. He'll be a free agent in 2011, and since there's no depth at kicker, competition should be brought in for Crosby and a possible replacement if he doesn't perform well enough to be re-signed.
What do you think of this mock draft? Does it look like something Ted Thompson would do, and if you're a Packers fan, would you be happy with this? Please leave comments and send me your feedback.
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