7-Round 2015 NFL Mock Draft for the Green Bay Packers with Trades
I am doing my fourth mock draft for the Green Bay Packers, and in this one, I will include a couple of trades.
In this mock, the Packers trade their own second- and fourth-round picks to move up earlier in the second round. They also trade their third-round pick, which will net them an early fourth-rounder and an early fifth-rounder.
When the dust settles, the Packers will have nine total picks.
That would include one selection in every round, except for the third. The Packers would also have two picks in the fifth round and three in the sixth (two are compensatory).
I'll do my fifth and final mock draft for the Packers the week of the actual draft.
So without further ado, here is my latest mock draft for the Pack.
Round 1: Cornerback Kevin Johnson (Wake Forest)
Weight: 188 pounds
The Packers have two major needs: inside linebacker and cornerback. The team will address those two areas early in the 2015 NFL draft.
As many as five to six cornerbacks could go in the first round. With that being the case, general manager Ted Thompson might be inclined to take one of them, depending on his draft board.
A cornerback who still might be available at pick No. 30 is Kevin Johnson from Wake Forest.
He was a four-year starter for the Demon Deacons who had 190 tackles, seven interceptions, 35 passes defended, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in his career.
I recently had the opportunity to talk with NFL scout Chris Landry about Johnson.
"Kevin Johnson of Wake Forest I like a lot," Landry said. "If he was a little bit bigger he would really be a high pick. He's a slender guy. He's got good cover skills. He has good body control. He's got some height to him. I think his on-the-field demeanor is very good."
Johnson will definitely need to get bigger, as he is just 188 pounds. But even with his slight frame, he is solid in run support.
Johnson had a solid workout at the NFL Scouting Combine, as he ran a 4.52 in the 40 and leaped 41.5 inches in the vertical jump.
Round 2: Inside Linebacker Benardrick McKinney (Mississippi State)
Weight: 246 pounds
In this mock, the Packers move up in the second round to make this selection. This pick could come down to two inside linebackers who may available at this point of the draft: Stephone Anthony of Clemson and Benardrick McKinney of Mississippi State. The Packers are high on both of these prospects.
In this mock draft, the Packers take the 6'4" McKinney. In 2014, he had 71 tackles, eight tackles for loss, three sacks and one forced fumble.
A couple of months ago, I talked to scout Chris Landry about McKinney.
"I really like the Mississippi State kid a lot," Landry said of McKinney. "He's more physical. He's not as good in space. But I think he's really physical at the point of attack.
"To me, he's more of a 'Sam' (strong side) guy who can play over a tight end. He's a really good run defender. And I think he has some ability as a rusher off the edge. I think he has some versatility in the 30 (3-4) or 40 (4-3) front."
Although he didn't have an interception for the Bulldogs in college, he did have eight passes defended when covering the tight end or a back.
McKinney showed he had plenty of speed and agility to drop into coverage, as he ran a 4.66 in the 40 at the combine and recorded 40.5 inches in the vertical jump.
The Packers are not only looking for a run-stuffer at inside linebacker in this draft but also for a cover linebacker for nickel and dime schemes.
McKinney has the athletic ability to do both.
Round 4: Defensive End Henry Anderson (Stanford)
Weight: 294 pounds
With an early pick in the fourth round, the Packers select defensive end Henry Anderson of Stanford. He has the prototypical size for a 3-4 defensive end, plus the frame to get even bigger.
It also helps that Anderson played in that same scheme at Stanford as the Packers run.
Anderson had a nice career in Palo Alto, California, as he had 137.5 tackles, 32 tackles for a loss, 17 sacks, seven passes deflected, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.
The calling card for Anderson is that he is a solid run defender, and that is a key area in which the Packers need to improve. They finished 23rd in rushing defense this past season in the NFL.
An added plus is that Anderson has also shown the ability to rush the passer, as he logged 8.5 sacks in his senior year.
Round 5: Wide Receiver/Kick Returner Ty Montgomery (Stanford)
Weight: 221 pounds
With the early pick in the fifth round, the Packers take a versatile player who could help them in a number of areas: Ty Montgomery of Stanford.
In his career as a member of the Cardinal, Montgomery had 172 receptions for 2,125 yards and 15 touchdowns as a wide receiver.
He has the size of an NFL running back and showed off those running skills in college, as he rushed for 303 yards the past two years with three rushing touchdowns.
The Packers like to employ a wide receiver in the backfield at times, as they showed that look with Randall Cobb on a number of occasions in 2014.
But the area in which Montgomery could probably help the Packers the most his rookie year would be in kick returning.
Montgomery averaged 27.4 yards per return on kickoffs in his career and had three touchdowns. In his senior year, he also returned punts and brought back two more for touchdowns. He had a whopping 19.8-yard average on returns.
Round 5: Tight End Rory Anderson (South Carolina)
Weight: 244 pounds
The Packers have two tight ends in Richard Rodgers and Andrew Quarless, who are solid receivers when short- to medium-yardage catches are needed. Neither has the speed go down the seam on longer passes.
Rory Anderson of South Carolina has that ability. Plus, he can block, which is something that both Rodgers and Quarless have to improve on.
In his career as a Gamecock, Anderson had 61 catches for 953 yards and nine touchdowns.
Now there is a reason why a tight end who is as talented as Anderson could last until late in the fifth round—injuries, specifically triceps injuries.
He has had a number of recurring triceps injuries to both arms. In 2014, Anderson tore his right triceps in spring drills and then missed two games because he strained his left triceps. Finally, he suffered another tear, which cost him a bowl game and required surgery.
Despite the injury issues with the triceps, the talent is definitely there. For the Packers to even consider taking Anderson, the team's medical staff would have to clear him first.
If he is cleared, he would be a nice option for the Packers on the third day of the draft.
Round 6: Outside Linebacker Kyle Emanuel (North Dakota State)
Weight: 255 pounds
Kyle Emanuel stood out at the East-West Shrine Game because of his fire and agility. He was a defensive end at North Dakota State but looks to be an outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme in the NFL.
Emanuel totally dominated at the FCS level. In his career, he had 121 tackles, 58.5 tackles for a loss, 35.5 sacks, five passes deflected and one interception.
The former Bison reminds me a lot of former Packer Bryce Paup, who played at Northern Iowa, which is in the same conference (Missouri Valley) as North Dakota State.
Paup was also a sixth-round pick and turned out to be one of the best pass-rushers in the NFL at outside linebacker. Emanuel has shown the same type of skills that Paup had when he was on the football field.
At the combine, Emanuel showed that he has the speed to play outside linebacker, as he ran a 4.77 in the 40. He also put up 27 reps in the bench press.
Round 6 (Compensatory): Offensive Tackle Chaz Green (Florida)
Weight: 314 pounds
Although the Packers have some decent depth at offensive tackle, they would like a player like Chaz Green of Florida to back up both tackle positions.
Don Barclay can be the backup at right tackle, but the Packers prefer that he plays inside at guard. Currently, starting right tackle Bryan Bulaga would move to left tackle if David Bakhtiari gets injured.
Green started 30 games for Florida against top competition. He also played both left and right tackle.
The former Gator has excellent size and has proved to be a good pass protector. He needs to get stronger though, since he only put up 21 reps in the bench press at the combine.
Green also needs to improve his run-blocking skills, but when the No. 1 asset on the Packers is quarterback Aaron Rodgers, you want a player with Green's pass-blocking skills to be a backup at offensive tackle.
Round 6 (Compensatory): Cornerback Justin Coleman (Tennessee)
Weight: 185 pounds
Due to the losses of Tramon Williams and Davon House via free agency, the Packers could select two cornerbacks in the 2015 NFL draft.
In this mock draft, they took Kevin Johnson of Wake Forest in the first round. Selecting a player like Justin Coleman of Tennessee later in the draft would also add to the depth and talent at the position.
He was another player who stood out at the East-West Shrine Game. Coleman must have stood out to Ted Thompson as well, as WalterFootball.com reported that the Packers met with Coleman in St. Petersburg, Florida.
In his career at Tennessee, Coleman had 157 tackles, 8.5 tackles for losses, 17 passes defended and five interceptions for 106 yards and a touchdown.
Coleman is a physical corner who likes to play press coverage and is solid in run support.
At the combine, he ran a 4.53 in the 40 and put up 20 reps in the bench press, which is good for a cornerback.
Round 7: Quarterback Bryan Bennett (Southeast Lousiana)
Weight: 211 pounds
I expect the Packers to select a quarterback in the 2015 draft, but the selection won't be early. But one never knows, as Bill Huber of Packer Report wrote that the Packers are bringing in Bryce Petty of Baylor for a predraft visit.
A player with the skill set of Petty will probably get selected on the second day of the draft, and I don't see the Packers selecting a quarterback that soon, especially with all the other needs.
The selection of a quarterback should come later in the draft, and one of the more interesting prospects is Bryan Bennett of Southeast Louisiana.
Bennett has a strong arm and nice running ability. That is why he was recruited to play at Oregon, where 2014 Heisman Trophy Award winner Marcus Mariota eventually beat him out.
In his two years as a Duck, Bennett threw nine touchdown passes versus three interceptions for 580 yards. He also rushed for 365 yards and six more scores.
After he transferred to Southeast Louisiana, Bennett threw 39 touchdowns versus 19 picks for 5,522 yards in two years.
He showed off his running skills as a Lion, rushing for 1,715 yards and a whopping 31 scores.