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Prepare To Mock My Seven Round Packer Mock

Posted May 1st, 2014 @ 09:05pm

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.

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I hope it will be a lot of intersting material on this site) good luck

on July 22nd, 2014 at 08:13pm

Davy...way to go to get the draft talk going. This is the time I enjoy as I am one of those mock draft nerds. So...after coming out of my war room with blood shot eyes and my football brain energized by Bill the Voice,aka BTVOR I will give you my seven round Packer draft. First some points: had the Pack with two seventh round choices....they actually have two fifth rounders and one seven. We all know TT will do some sort of trading choices so in proper TT mode at the end of my seven rounds I will offer my draft day trade. So: Here goes my draft: Round 1- Ryan Shazier- LB- Ohio State. If CJ Mosely is there could take him but I prefer Shazier. He arrived at Ohio State as a 195 lb LB much like Claymaker at USC. Now at about 228 lbs this guy ran a 4.36 at his pro day. He has a 42" vertical jump which only a few NBA players have, The Pack does not have a WR or RB this fast.He has Sam Shields speed as a LB. This guy led the Big Ten in tackles and is what we need as the Eden Praire high school backers have more speed than our guys...just remember chasing Colin Kapernick. A playmaker big time. Round 2- Jace Amaro...6'6"265 tight end from Texas Tech. Great blocker with good hands. Played in a pass happy offense. Aaron would love this guy. Round 3- Dion Bailey-Heres your safety from USC. Big strong safety who loves to hit and can cover and tackle....something unbeknownst to a Packer safety. Ability to start. Round- 3 Second choice in 3rd round- Jared Abbrederis: 6'1" 195 WR- Wisconsin. Perfect compliment to replace James Jones. Run a 4,5 not a burner but a great route runner who Rodgers could turn into a Wes Welker type. Round 4- Gabe Ikard- Center 6'3 304 from Oklahoma. All conference two years in a tough conference. Was a perfect 4.0 student who also is said to have a great football IQ and plays with a high motor and was a leader at OU. Just what you want in a center. Taylor Hart- DE and DT- Oregon. 6"6" 281. Like most Oregon athletes has quickness for his position. Pack needs this type of athlete if we are to get faster on defense. Round2 5- Tre Boston- Safety- North Carolina -All ACC selection 6'0" 204 4.50 speed. Known as a good tackler and cover guy who also can play some corner. Would add speed to defense. Round 6- David Fales- QB-San Jose State- See Davy's comments as I agree with his comments. Nice backup . Round 7- John Urschel G- Penn State-6'3" 313lb two time All Big Ten first team. Nice backup. Now for my draft day OSSG ...TT like trade....If at #20 right before the Pack's choice are the Arizona Cards. If a combo of these players are still on the board....CJ Mosely, Ryan Shazier, Calvin Pryor, or HA HA Dix you offer Arizona your second, and two thirds for their first and you take one of the LB's and one of the safetys back to back. Would be the perfect upgrade to your defense. In this OSSG fantasy you upgrade big time with speed and athletes. TT listen to me....GO PACK GO !!

on May 1st, 2014 at 09:28pm

Thanks for the shoutout, OSSG. However the draft turns out, one thing is for sure - hopefully this idea of moving it back two weeks gets abandoned. This is too long a wait. Let's hope TT finds some playmakers, especially on defense. I don't expect any crazy moves to jump up for a safety. The right guy will come along at the right spot - I'm certain of it. It's Thompson time!!!

on May 2nd, 2014 at 11:01am

well I guess it's my turn OSSG. love your picks and passion. I to love Shazzier too, but I have this feeling TT is going to take cooks or beckam if he is there. both wr's with speed and return guys, we need that badly. if not, ward or pryor at safety, ward will never last to 53 Davey. 2nd round, I like Attaochu olb from GT, great speed and can cover te too. or latimore , wr, Indiana 6'-2 with 4.4 speed. , if there gone, that is where I think we can get Jenkins, THC guy. at 53. 21 is to high I think. at 85, It's time to take Borland, need some toughness inside, and hawk is getting older and 98 take tripp, olb from montana, is nice player and even take a shot atVerreen, SS from minny. .at 121 take travis swanson Center from arkansas, good value there . and let's play. you're write voice, it's been to long of wait this year. they will move it back next year I bet.

on May 2nd, 2014 at 11:55am

One thing the Packers need to do in this year's draft is land a first round pick who produces at first round level. The Packers have been graded as one of the worst teams in the league when it comes to the results of their first round picks in recent years. Over the last ten years they've taken Ahmad Carroll, Aaron Rodgers, A.J> Hawk, B.J> Justin Harrell, Raji, Brian Bulaga, Derek Sherrod, Nick Perry and Datone Jones with their first pick. Only Rodgers has produced as such a premium pick should. Hawk and Raji, while nice players, haven't been as good as top ten picks in their respective drafts should be. The rest range from busts to trending. The Packers should take "best available" rather than let need drive the decision on the first rounder. Need too often makes reaches happen and results in misses on blue chippers. With the first rounder this year the Packers need to acquire a player, regardless of position or side of the ball, who can come in and have an immediate or early elevating impact for the team. That would include every position, except quarterback and runningback. I don't see any point to the Packers burning any pick on a quarterback at this time. If they do get someone good they'll only be developing a player for another team in two or three years. Flynn and Tolzein are adequate back-ups for now and there will be undrafted free agents available after the draft to troll for a prospect.

on May 3rd, 2014 at 08:46am

here goes nothing.... 1) K Fuller CB - Va Tech 2) S Tuitt DE - ND 3) K Norwood WR - Bama 3) T Brooks S - FSU 4) K Fortt ILB - Cal 5) G Gilbert QB - SMU and my late/FA S - Jerome Couplin III - W&M

on May 6th, 2014 at 01:32pm

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