Prepare To Mock My Seven Round Packer MockPosted:May 1st, 2014 9:25 pm
OK, let's get this out of the way: doing a seven round mock draft is basically ludicrous. Expect Trader Ted to move in and out of picks, dropping down to add a couple, moving up to snag a guy he's targeting. But we all love to speculate on who the Packers might add to the roster, so here's my highly anticipated stab at what could happen.
1st Round #21: I think the Packers would love to see safety Calvin Pryor fall to them here (as would I), but I think there are a few safety-needy teams ahead of them--one of which will scoop him up. Most mocks have the Pack adding a fast inside linebacker to pair with AJ Hawk, like CJ Mosley or Ryan Shazier. I expect Mosley to be off the board and Shazier to get strong consideration. Ultimately, I think Ted moves out of this spot, and maybe out of the first round. Whenever the Pack picks first, I have a feeling they will select Austin Seferian-Jenkins, the mammoth tight end out of Washington. A former hoopster like the Chargers' Antonio Gates, AS-F is 6'6" and would provide a huge middle-of-the field target for Aaron Rodgers. Jermichael Finley's injury was a hit to the offense, most notably in the red zone, where the Pack could use a more physical presence. Seferian-Jenkins fits the bill.
Round 2 #53: Safety is a huge area of need, even if Micah Hyde proves to be able to make the switch from cornerback. Northern Illinois' Jimmie Ward is the consensus #3 safety in the draft, but I'm not sure he'll last to #53. Another option could be Washington State safety Deone Bucannon or Wisconsin's Chris Borland.
Round 3 #85 I feel like Thompson will grab a wide receiver here to compete with Jarrett Boykin for the #3 spot. It's an especially deep draft for receivers and by now a bunch of talented guys have gone off the board. Look for Thompson to grab former Penn State star Allen Robinson here, the Big Ten's top receiver the past two years. He's got size, 6'2" and would serve as a perfect James Jones replacement: a big, outside target for Rodgers who can go up and get the deep ball.
Round 3 #98: Thompson finally addresses the linebacker position, picking a guy who's faster sideline to sideline than the incumbents. The pick here is Florida State's Christian Jones, who could push Brad Jones for the starting job. He's a very good tackler and is athletic enough to cover tight ends. He'll also become a key special teams player.
Round 4: #121: So he's made four picks and Ted Thompson hasn't added anyone to either line yet. He'll correct that here adding another body on the defensive line. I'm going with Alabama's Ed Stinson, a guy who will play on the end, but could move over to the nose and would serve as BJ Raji insurance. Bama defenders have been hit or miss of late, but at this spot Stinson provides a bunch of upside.
Round 5: #161: We'll all be surprised if Thompson doesn't added a center to compete with J.C. Tretter and maybe Don Barclay. The Packers grab Utah State's Tyler Larsen here, a big (6'4"), strong guy who's been a bit injury prone but was a first team all-WAC guy last season.
Round 6: #176: Look for Thompson to add another safety to the equation here to compete with Ward and provide another special teams body. The pick here is Arizona State's Alden Darby, a big time character guy, who was given the Pat Tillman practice jersey, given to the guy who best represents the team and university. He's versatile enough to play anywhere in the secondary and could provide the kind of talent that Micah Hyde has displayed.
Round 7 #197: Thompson adds his third secondary guy in the draft with cornerback Kenneth Acker from SMU. He's considered raw, but at six feet he has the size teams are looking for at corner. With Tramon Williams winding down and Hyde moving to safety, the Pack needs to develop a couple of young corners and Acker joins a deep group.
Round 7 #236: With his final pick, Thompson takes a stab at a quarterback to compete with Scott Tolzien for the #3 job. Look for him to scoop up San Jose State's David Fales. Another option could be North Dakota State's Brock Jensen, who was in for a visit. Fales has all the intangibles you're looking for, but isn't a great athlete. His accuracy has been his calling card and his arm is strong enough that Mike McCarthy will enjoy bringing him into his QB room to compete.
Before you get too excited, his is my fourth mock draft and I think I've nailed one player: Randall Cobb a few years back. I'll be happy if at the end of the day (or three days), Thompson has added a couple of fast, athletic back seven guys to help out the defense, along with a couple of pass catchers to replace Jones and Finley.