Green Bay Packers: Full 7 Round Mock Draft Version 1.0
With the NFL Combine over, the Green Bay Packers can start turning their full attention to April's NFL Draft and how they want to improve on their Super Bowl season.
Under the direction of GM Ted Thompson, the Packers have built a championship roster almost exclusively this way—meaning another successful dip into the draft pool is required to keep the talent flowing into Green Bay.
While Thompson is almost impossible to predict, here is a post-combine mock draft with all seven rounds for the Packers.
First Round: Gabe Carimi, OT, Wisconsin
Carimi had a solid combine and could be gone by the time the Packers pick at 32, but it'd be hard to envision Green Bay passing up on the former UW tackle.
And while Carimi probably won't have the same All-Pro impact that his predecessor Joe Thomas has had in Cleveland, he could be an answer for the Packers at either tackle position for the foreseeable future.
He'd also get some time to develop behind Chad Clifton, and the pick would allow the Packers the option to start moving Bryan Bulaga towards left tackle long-term.
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Second Round: Sam Acho, OLB, Texas
Acho is another player who had an impressive showing at the combine. At the 64th pick overall; however, Acho would be a great value selection for the Packers.
He displayed at the combine that he has the athleticism to both rush the passer and drop into coverage, and Acho has been consistently praised for his character both on the field and off it.
It's possible he wouldn't be an immediate starter, but Acho has the skill set to be a disruptive answer for the Packers opposite Clay Matthews.
Third Round: Davon House, CB, New Mexico State
House is a well-built cornerback (6'0", 200 lbs.), and he posted a 40 time of 4.43 seconds at the combine.
While he started all four seasons at New Mexico State, House wouldn't be expected to contribute right away in Green Bay.
He'd be given the time to develop behind talented corners, and House could become a potential starter for the Packers down the road.
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Third Round (Compensatory pick—Aaron Kampman): Will Rackley, OG, Leigh
Thompson loves finding small school prospects, and the athletic, but raw Rackley fits that bill.
He also could compete for a potential opening at left guard if the Packers lost Daryn Colledge this offseason.
Fourth Round: Martin Parker, DE/DT, Richmond
Parker is an impressive athlete for his size (6'3", 290 lbs.), and he could help fill the void if Cullen Jenkins leaves in free agency.
He is still somewhat of a raw prospect, but you'd have to expect Thompson to address what could be a need at defensive end in this draft.
Fifth Round: Cecil Shorts, WR/KR/PR, Mount Union
If you've read my draft stuff in the past, you'll know I love what Shorts could bring to the Packers.
He has the potential to be an explosive receiver out of the slot, and Shorts would immediately address Green Bay's lack of a punt and kick returner.
Sixth Round: Graig Cooper, RB/KR, Miami
Before blowing out his ACL a year ago, Cooper was a game-breaker at both running back and in the return game.
The Packers should be trying everything they can to fix their returning woes, and Cooper could provide a change of pace back if Brandon Jackson leaves in free agency.
Seventh Round: Jaiquawn Jarrett, S, Temple
The Packers could lose much of their depth at safety in free agency, and Jarrett would have a chance to contribute on special teams.
Further down the road, Jarrett has the skill set to progress into a borderline starter.
Seventh Round: Greg McElroy, QB, Alabama
Matt Flynn is a free agent after next season, and the McElroy has the smarts to pick up the Packers complicated offense.
Given a a couple years under the tutelage of Mike McCarthy and quarterbacks coach Tom Clements, McElroy could easily become the Packers next Flynn.
Like it was mentioned earlier, predicting what Thompson and the Packers will do is usually an exercise in futility.
However, the consensus among fans is that the Packers need to find help on the offensive line, a pass-rusher opposite Matthews, a punt and kick returner and possibly a receiver.
In this mock draft, the Packers accomplish those goals, and it'd be hard to argue Green Bay wouldn't be a better team after adding these eight prospects.
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