We are now officially within striking distance of the NFL Draft which starts at 6:30 p.m. Central Daylight Time on Thursday.
I have looked at a few articles around them web and I think my previous mock drafts will change significantly. So here is my final mock draft before the draft and before Ted Thompson makes my draft look completely wrong.
Round One, Pick 23: OLB Jerry Hughes (TCU)
With recent comments from Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy, it doesn't look like the Packers will be drafting a tackle in Round One.
With that said, we get our complementary pass rusher to CMIII. All signs point to Jerry Hughes if available. Here is a link to solidify my statement.
Round Two, Pick 56: RB/WR Dexter McCluster (Ole Miss)
Although running back isn't a huge need, the Packers are said to be on the lookout for a "home-run" hitting, change of pace back. McCluster fits that mold really well. And Grant seems to play better when pushed by another running back.
Round Three, Pick 86: CB Akwasi Owusu-Ansah (Indiana,Pennsylvania)
With this pick, the Packers address a corner-back need and a return man need. The Packers aren't counting on Al Harris and Will Blackmon coming back full strength and they need a corner that can step in because the back ups proved that they aren't fully ready.
Round Four, Pick 122: S Kyle McCarthy (Notre Dame)
The Packers need to find a viable replacement for Atari Bigby because he can't stay healthy and he has proven he isn't the best safety.
McCarthy could learn behind him and Collins for a year, or step in if Bigby goes down. The last name can't hurt either.
Round Five, Pick 154: DE C.J. Wilson (East Carolina)
With Johnny Jolly's status uncertain due to a possible drug charge and Cullen Jenkins contract up after this year, the Packers could bring in another DE in case Jarius Wynn can't preform.
Depth is always needed.
Round Five, Pick 169: OT Chris DeGeare (Wake Forest)
Smokescreen or not, Thompson feels more confident in the line then most fans do.
However, I think they do address the line later in the draft. TJ Lang is a viable backup at the tackle position and DeGeare could learn for a year and take over next season if Clifton or Tauscher leave. Then Lang could move back to guard.
Round Six, Pick 193: QB Jonathon Crompton (Tennessee)
The Packers are set with their franchise QB in Aaron Rodgers, but Crompton visited with the Packers recently and McCarthy loves developing quarterbacks, i.e. Aaron Rodgers.
It also wouldn't hurt to have a QB to push Matt Flynn for the backup job.
Round Seven, Pick 230: WR Seyi Ajirotutu (Fresno State)
Donald Driver isn't getting any younger and Brett Swain is coming off a significant knee injury. The Packers should look for a long term replacement for Driver. Seyi has good size at 6'3'' and could push Swain off the team.
This mock will almost be 0 percent correct after this weekend, but it wouldn't hurt to speculate. Four days and we will find out for sure.
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