Presenting My Seven Round Packer Mock DraftPosted:Apr 27th, 2015 7:40 pm
And here it is: my annual exercise in futility where I try to get inside the mind of Ted Thompson and predict what happens over draft weekend. We know it is likely that he will orchestrate a trade or three, perhaps moving out of the first round and most assuredly not moving up.
It stands to reason he will focus on the defensive side of the ball, since the offense is locked and loaded for another high octane season. He won't ignore that side of the ball, of course, but I'll be surprised if he addresses offense before the weekend.
Round 1 (30): Eddie Goldman, DT, Florida St. Repeat after me: you don't draft for need in the first round. Yes, the Pack could possibly grab the top ILB or the fourth or fifth corner in this spot--positions of greater need, but the best value and the best player left on the board is Goldman. Raji and Guion are back, but are signed for 2015 only. Goldman would likely allow them to move on from one or both and secure the NT spot for years. He may still be there at #30 because he doesn't project as a pass rusher. But he's a stud against the run and will clear the way for the OLBs behind him to get to the QB.
Round 2 (62) Stephone Anthony, ILB, Clemson We may find ourselves holding our breaths on Friday night as the Pack's pick approaches, hoping Anthony falls into the Pack's laps. He would step right into the starting lineup opposite Sam Barrington and would likely allow CMIII to move back outside most of the time. Anthony is a rare athlete and one who will cause any residual AJ Hawk fans to put their jerseys away for good.
Round 3 (94) Ronald Darby, CB, Florida St. The Pack grabs Goldman's teammate here to fortify a position that lost two key contributors in free agency. Darby is a former track star who may be just scratching the surface when it comes to potential. His tackling ability and hands are the reason he's still on the board. The Pack will figure those can be taught. Speed can't.
Round 4: Lorenzo Mauldin, OLB, Louisville The run on defense continues with the productive linebacker who can beat tackles and is strong against the run. Mauldin has come a long way, living in 16 foster homes as a kid to become an all ACC performer and leader of the Cardinal defense. With Nick Perry and Julius Peppers sure things for this year only, Mauldin has a chance to step in and challenge Mike Neal for playing time beyond 2015.
Round 5 (166): Wes Saxton, TE, S. Alabama I almost put converted Oklahoma QB Blake Bell, a tight end who could be the John Kuhn of the future (or present) here, but if Saxton is still on the board he's the pick. His numbers decreased last year as his team changed its offense, but the talent is there to be a Finley-like pass catcher at tight end. He's not going to be an in-line blocker, but he will have the ability to get separation in the middle of the field and be a downfield threat down the road.
Round 6 (206) Mark Glowinski, G, West Virginia The Pack finally address depth on the O-line with Glowinski, who was projected to be a 4th or 5th rounder. He's a converted tackle who's a beast in the weight room and is an ultra-competitor. Look for Sitton and Lang to teach him on a day to day basis how to play the position.
Round 6 (210) Ben Heeney, ILB, Kansas With Hawk and Jones gone, and backups Carl Bradford, Adrian Hubbard and Joe Thomas beyond unproven, the Pack can afford to select a second inside guy. Heeney has Chris Borland written all over him (minus the concussions): he's undersized with a huge motor and a coach's dream. He's a tackling machine and given the opportunity the Packers present, could challenge for playing time this season.
Round 6 (213) Austin Shepherd, T, Alabama A prospect with upside, scouts think he has a chance to be a solid backup and the Pack could use one at tackle. Yes, Don Barclay returns from a lost season, but beyond that the team is thin and could use another developmental guy.
Round 7 (247) Marcus Murphy, RB, Missouri Ted uses his final pick on a potential DuJuan Harris replacement, one that could spark the Pack's new-look special teams. Murphy is a return guy first and foremost, taking 7 to the house at Mizzou, both via kickoffs and punts. He could also become a weapon as a receiver on third down, with lots of juke-ability. Think Darren Sproles or Dexter McCluster.
This is my fifth Packers mock draft and I have nailed exactly one pick: Randall Cobb. Tell me dear readers, as you mock me in your comments below, if I hit on one of these picks, which one do you hope it is?