The Pack's picks by round: 1st - 30; 2nd - 62; 3rd - 94; 4th - 129; 5 - 166; 6 - 205, 210*, 212*; 7 - 247 (* - compensatory picks, which cannot be dealt).
Mock Draft Possibilities
A review of a variety of sources has the following players as possible Packers' picks for the early rounds of the draft.
Round 1 - Thursday, April 30
- Jalen Collins, CB, LSU -- at least 4 mock drafts have Collins as the Packers first pick
- Eric Kendricks, ILB, UCLA -- at least 2 mock drafts have Kendricks as the Packers first pick
- Stephone Anthony, ILB, Clemson -- at least 2 mock drafts have Collins as the Packers first pick
- Michael Bennett, DT, Ohio State
- Benardrick McKinney, LB, Mississippi State -- at least 3 mock drafts have McKinney as the Packers first pick
- Marcus Peters, CB, Washington -- at least 2 mock drafts have Peters as the Packers first pick
- Kevin Johnson, CB, Wake Forest
- Shaq Thompson, LB, Washington
- Denzel Perryman, ILB, Miami
- Jordan Phillips, DT, Oklahoma
- Malcom Brown, DT, Texas -- at least 2 mock drafts have Brown as the Packers first pick
- Byron Jones, CB, UConn -- at least 2 mock drafts have Jones as the Packers first pick
- Eli Harold, OLB, Virginia
What's our take on all these wonderful possibilities? We tend to agree with many of the mocks that acknowledge the Packers' need for inside linebacker help -- especially after the release of A.J. Hawk and Brad Jones -- but think there will be opportunities there for the Packers in the 2nd round. With Tramon Williams and Davon House no longer in the defensive backfield, a good young cornerback is just what the doctor ordered to help bolster that part of the defense. Yes, the Packers need linebacker help and could also use some help on the defensive line, as well, despite the re-signing of B.J. Raji and Letroy Guion. But value at cornerback in the first round should be enough to get Thompson to pull the trigger on one of the aforementioned cornerback prospects.
On the other hand, if Thompson thinks one of those players might still be available a few picks down the road, we can well imagine him trading down for a second round selection, somewhere between 40-50, so he can perhaps pick up an additional pick or two later on. He's done it before. You know he'll do it again. Whether the Packers have a definite selection they really want, or whether they can roll with the flow a bit, we'll have to wait to see.
We'll be back with more in the coming days about the draft. Stay tuned...
Go Pack Go!!!