Packers Mock Draft:
The Green Bay Packers hold 9 picks in the 2015 NFL draft and hope to continue the tradition of building their team through the draft. DE/OLB Julius Peppers, DT Letroy Guion, and FB John Kuhn are the only players on the roster who has played a game for a different team. Without as many holes to fill as other teams, should the Packers try to land a star or trade down and try to find value? Should they try to find impact players that will start from Day 1 but don’t have as much ceiling or do what the New England Patriots did last year and find future starters because there aren’t many spots available for rookies? Here is what I would do if I was Packers GM Ted Thompson.
Packers Top 3 needs: ILB, CB, TE
Mock Trade: Packers trade pick 30 to Rams for pick 41 and 72.
The Rams feel that they are close to competing in the NFC West and trade up for a falling player.
The Packers find value and pick up an extra 3rd.
Round 2 pick 41 (from Rams)
Many People think that the Packers should use their first pick on an ILB but there are a handful of ILBs that the Packers can grab later in Day 2. Byron Jones turned heads with his performance at the NFL combine but he is more than just a combine freak. He has the ball skills and instincts to play the cornerback position at a high level. After losing Davon House and Tramon Williams to free agency the packers could use another outside corner. Casey Hayward would play the slot and Jones would fit nicely opposite of Pro Bowl CB Sam Shields.
Round 2 pick 62
With other teams biting on Benardrick McKinney, Eric Kendricks, and Paul Dawson in early round 2, Anthony falls right into the Packers lap. Anthony has the prototypical build for a ILB and had a nice nose for the football at Clemson. His production and tackling ability made him one of the top defenders in the ACC. He is a big upgrade over last years linebackers and playing next to Sam Barrington will be fun to watch.
Round 3 pick 72 (from Rams)
After drafting two solid defenders, the Packers find the potential of Funchess too much to resist early in round three. Funchess has the mismatch size that Aaron Rodgers could use as another weapon next to Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson. He fits the new style of receiving tight ends and who knows the ceiling if he is paired with Rodgers compared to the Michigan quarterbacks.
Round 3 pick 94
The Packers need some defensive line depth and Anderson would help that. Some people think that the Packers should go DT but after resigning Raji and Guion, DE looks like a more likely selection. Anderson is projected to be a round 3 pick but many scouts think he is too much of a “tweener.” I think that he would fit the Packers 3-4 front well and help the run defense with his productivity.
Mock Trade: Packers deal pick 206 and 129 to the Bengals for pick 120.
Round 4 pick 120 (from Cincinnati)
The Packers go small school in round 4 and grab William & Mary WR Tre Mcbride. Mcbride’s blend of size and speed could help him crack the tough Packers WR rotation down the road. The Packers are in desperate need of an impact returner and Mcbride would bring that to the table on special teams averaging 27.5 yards per return. You can never have enough WR’s in an offense like the Packers and with a class like this year you have to get one.
Round 5 pick 166
The Packers have been on the money with offensive lineman at this point in the draft. 4 of the 5 starting lineman have been early day 3 picks. Douglas’ versatility to be able to play OG and OT and athletic ability will give the Packers some depth on the offensive line.
Round 6 pick 211 (compensatory selection)
RB Josh Robinson Mississippi State
Josh “Bowling Ball” Robinson would be a strike for the Packers in round 6. His ability to break tackles and create something out of nothing would make him a great selection. Many scouts think he doesn’t have breakaway speed but his ability to fight for first downs and his production at Mississippi State will give the Packers depth at RB. With only Rajion Neal behind James Starks and Eddie Lacey, the Packers will draft a RB this year.
Round 6 pick 214 (compensatory selection)
The Packers need to think about getting fullback after John Kuhn. Fowler has really good receiving ability for a big fullback. Kuhn should still be the fullback this season but Fowler could help special teams until he takes over.
Round 7 pick 248
The Packers need a 3rd QB to develop after letting Matt Flynn walk and Bennett could be the guy. Scott Tolzien should take over as the backup but they don’t have a 3rd QB yet. Rodgers will hopefully tutor Bennett and help him make the team as the 3rd QB in case of an injury.
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