PackersTalk.com NFL Mock Draft 1.0

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The 4 most junior writers at PackersTalk.com got “together” this week and rotated picks for the first 100 selections in the upcomign NFL draft.  Jacob Westendorf, Ian Hanley, Matt Bove and I played “GM” for 8 positions in each round.  Ian was fortunate enough to make the first 3 selections for Green Bay and I made the final, compensatory selection.  The results are below along with analysis of each Packers selection.  The initial at the end of the selection indicates which writer made the selection.  Jacob Westendorf became otherwise engaged so super-sub John Rehor stepped in with his own hard hitting draft analysis:

 

Round 1
1. Houston - Jadaveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina (I)
2.  St. Louis- Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M (R)
3.  Jacksonville- Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M (J)
4.  Cleveland- Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville (M)
5. Oakland - Blake Bortles, QB, UCF (I)
6.  Atlanta- Kahlil Mack, OLB, Buffalo (R)
7.  Tampa bay: Sammy Watkins WR Clemson (J) 
8.  Minnesota- Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M (M)
9.  Buffalo - Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn (I)
10. Detroit- Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State (R)
11. Tennessee: Aaron Donald DT Pitt (J)
12. NY Giants- Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan (M) 
13. St Louis - Ha-Ha Clinton Dix, S, Alabama (I)
14. Chicago- Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville (R)
15. Pittsburgh- Anthony Barr OLB UCLA (J)
16. Dallas- Timmy Jernigan DT Florida St. (M)
17. Baltimore – Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina (I)
18. NY Jets- Marqise Lee, WR, USC (R)
19 Miami- Zach Martin OT Notre Dame  (J)
20. Arizona- Darqueze Dennard CB Michigan St. (M) 
21. Green Bay- CJ Mosley, ILB,  Alabama (I)
22.  Philadelphia- Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State (R)
23. Kansas City: kelvin Benjamin WR fsu (J)
24. Cincinnati- Bradley Roby CB Ohio St. (M)
25. San Diego - Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame (I)
26. Cleveland- Odell Beckham, Jr., WR, LSU (R)
27. New Orleans: Dee Ford OLB Auburn (J)
28. Carolina- Jason Verrett- CB TCU (M)
29. New England - Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri (I)
30. San Francisco- Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech (R)
31 Denver: David Yawkey OG Stanford (J)
32. Seattle- Stephon Tuitt- DE Notre Dame (M)
 
Round 2
 
33. Houston –  Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State (I)
34. Washington- Ra’Shede Hageman, DL, Minnesota (R)
35. Cleveland- Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State, (J)
36. Oakland- Jimmie Ward, S, Northern Illinois (M)
37. Atlanta- Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama (I)
38. Tampa Bay- Xavier Su’a-Filo, OG, UCLA (R)
39. Jacksonville- Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech (J)
40. Minnesota- Zach Mettenberger QB LSU (M)
41. Buffalo – Jordan Matthews,- WR, Vanderbilt (I)
42. Tennessee- Austin Sefarian-Jenkins, TE, Washington (R)
43. New York (G)- Dion Bailey, S, USC (J)
44. St. Louis- Davante Adams, WR, Fresno St. (M)
45. Detroit- Allen Robinson, WR, Penn St. (I)
46. Pittsburgh- Christian Jones, LB, Florida State (R)
47. Dallas- Kyle Van Noy, OLB, BYU (J)
48. Baltimore- Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia (M)
49. New York (J)- Marcus Roberson, CB, Florida (I)
50. Miami- Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio State (R)
51. Chicago- Loucheiz Purifoy, CB, Florida (J)
52. Arizona- Marcus Smith, LB, Louisville (M)
53. Green Bay- Deone Bucannon, S, Washington State (I)
54. Philadelphia- Jackson Jeffcoat, DE, Texas (R)
55. Cincinnati- Travis Swanson, C, Arkansas (J)
56. San Francisco- Martavis Bryant, WR, Clemson (M)
57. San Diego- Jaylen Watkins, CB, Florida (I)
58. New Orleans- Marcus Martin, C, USC (R)
59. Indianapolis- LaMarcus Joyner, CB/S, Florida State (J)
60. Carolina- Antonio Richardson, OT, Tennessee (M)
61. San Francisco- Weston Richburg, C, Colorado State (I)
62. New England- Bishop Sankey, RB, Washington (R)
63. Denver- Donte Moncrief, WR, Ole Miss (J)
64. Seattle- Jarvis Landry, WR, LSU (M)
 
Round 3
 
65. Houston- Chris Borland, LB, Wisconsin (I)
66. Washington- Marqueston Huff, S, Wyoming (R)
67. Oakland- Dominique Easley, DE, Florida (J)
68. Atlanta- Tre Mason, RB, Auburn (M)
69. Tampa Bay- Will Sutton, DT, Arizona State (I)
70. Jacksonville- Paul Richardson, WR, Colorado (R)
71. Cleveland- Kareem Martin, DL, North Carolina (J)
72. Minnesota- Craig Loston, S, LSU (M)
73. Buffalo- Terrence Brooks, S, Florida State (I)
74. New York (G)- Trent Murphy, DE, Stanford (R)
75. St. Louis- Jimmy Garrapolo, QB, Eastern Illinois (J)
76. Detroit- Trevor Reilly, OLB, Utah (M)
77. San Francisco- Carl Bradford, OLB, Arizona State (I)
78. Dallas- Brandon Coleman, WR, Rutgers (R)
79. Baltimore- Shane Skov, LB, Stanford (J)
80. New York (J)- Ed Reynolds, S, Stanford (M)
81. Miami- Kelcy Quarles, DT, South Carolina (I)
82. Chicago- Brandon Thomas, OG, Clemson (R)
83. Cleveland- Stanley Jean-Baptiste, Nebraska (J)
84. Arizona- Jack Mewhort, OT, Ohio State (M)
85. Green Bay- Troy Niklas, TE, Notre Dame (I)
86. Philadelphia- Yawin Smallwood, LB, UConn (R)
87. Kansas City- Tre Boston, S, North Carolina (J)
88. Cincinnati- Joel Bitonio, OT, Nevada (M)
89. San Diego- Jeremiah Attaochu, OLB, Georgia Tech, (I)
90. Indianapolis- Keith McGill, CB, Utah (R)
91. New Orleans- Dri Archer, RB, Kent State (J)
92. Carolina- Telvin Smith, OLB, Florida State (M)
93. New England- DaQuan Jones, DT, Penn State (I)
94. San Francisco- Lache Seastrunk, RB, Baylor (R)
95. Denver- Will Clarke, DL, West Virginia (J)
96. Minnesota- Victor Hampton, CB, South Carolina (M)
97. Pittsburgh- Ego Ferguson, DL, LSU (I)
98. Green Bay- Josh Huff, WR, Oregon (R)
99. Baltimore- Jared Abbrederris, Wisconsin (J)
100. San Francisco- Billy Turner, OL, North Dakota State (M)
CJ Mosley, LB, Alabama- Pick 21
CJ Mosley

CJ Mosley would provide coverage skills to the ILB group that have not been present since the switch to the 3-4.

Ian Hanley-Not only was Mosley the best player available, he would also fill a big need for the Packers.  Mosley is a hard hitting, sure tackler, who also possesses great instincts. I also considered Ohio State’s Ryan Shazier for this pick, as he has many of the same traits, but Mosley’s experience in a 3-4 defense swung my decision in his favor. Despite the injury concerns that are allegedly causing Mosley to fall down draft boards a bit, I still think Mosley would be a great value if he makes it to the Packers at 21.

Ross Uglem- I have been beating the drum for CJ Mosley since very early in the process.  As far as I’m concerned he’s one of the best 10-12 players in this year’s draft but his positional value and recent string of minor injuries might cause his stock to take a hit.  I’m all for injuries in “draft season” allowing us to select another superstar from Alabama later than we should be allowed to.  Mosley is the perfect partner to AJ Hawk and his selection would send Brad Jones back to the super sub role his talents are more suited for.  ILBs transfer very well to the NFL as young players and CJ Mosley would be the latest in a recent line (Willis, Bowman, Kuechly, Alonso) to greatly impact a defense.

Matt Bove-  Mosley would be an easy selection for the Packers if he slips to #21. He is exactly the kind of coverage linebacker that they have been desperately needing for years now. He also will be a true sideline-to-sideline playmaker with his instincts and athleticism. Mosley would be a three down player in the middle for Green Bay for a long time.

John Rehor- Instant upgrade at the ILB position. Puts a playmaker along side AJ Hawk, and puts Brad Jones back where he belongs-as a backup. Ted Thompson will always pick the BPA on the board, and if Mosley is there, he is the player that needs to be picked. Good tackler, solid all around.

Deone Bucannon, S, Washington State- Pick 53

Deone Bucannon

Deone Bucannon would bring a physical presence to the back end of the defense that it lacks in addition to competent safety play.

Ian- The Packers have a glaring need at safety and Bucannon would likely be able to start from day one.  Bucannon was a play maker for the Cougars, forcing 7 fumbles and intercepting 15 passes over his four year career.  There has been speculation that the Packers could move Micah Hyde to safety, but if the Packers have the opportunity to select a safety of Bucannon’s caliber in the 2nd round, I doubt that they could pass on him.

Ross- Green Bay has a big need at the safety position.  The way that we mocked the first round, the two safeties that everyone seems to think are elite and are clearly above the rest, Pryor and Clinton-Dix are gone.  It could be argued (and I would agree) that what the Packers really need is a free safety.  They need a player with the range and ball skills of a Nick Collins or Darren Sharper, and Bucannon is not one of those players.  What he does bring is a phyiscality and an ability to make plays.  Bucannon had 15 INT and 7 FF during his career.  His selection would provide an instant upgrade at the safety position.

Matt- Bucannon is not a player I would consider in the first round due to questionable coverage skills, but at this point in the second round he is a fine value at a position of need. He is a hard hitter and tackler, which the Packers need at safety. Also, Bucannon tested much better at the NFL Combine than what was expected.

John- this selection is more for depth than anything else IMO. From the sounds of it Micah Hyde is going to have the starting safety position opposite Morgan Burnett handed to him. It will be his job to lose. If he fails, this is where Buchanon could step in and contribute from day 1. Good speed, big hitter. Worry about him in one on matchups down the field though.

Troy Niklas, TE, Notre Dame- Pick 85

Troy Niklas

A former OLB, Troy Niklas is a massive athlete at 6’7″ and 270 lbs. His selection could help cushion the blow from the possible retirement of Jermichael Finley.

Ian- With the Packers offense becoming more balanced between the run and passing games, the Packers could use a strong blocker at tight end. At Notre Dame, Niklas was mainly used as a blocking tight end, and had only 37 receptions for his career.  And while Niklas will not stretch the field like Eric Ebron or Jace Amaro, he would be an excellent red zone target, and has a lot of room to grow as a pass catcher.

Ross- This was the first spot where I disagreed with Ian.  I don’t have a problem selecting a tight end on day 2 because I am not confident Jermichael Finley will return.  What I do have a problem with is drafting a tight end that doesn’t seem to have grasped the position yet.  I know that Notre Dame is considered a “tight end factory” but really how dynamic are John Carlson, Anthony Fasano, Kyle Rudolph and Tyler Eifert.  They aren’t “difference makers”.  I get that Niklas has elite size, but he certanliy doesn’t have elite speed and will not stretch the field.  The way the board fell, I would have taken Attoachu from Georgia Tech and addressed TE either earlier or later.  If forced to pick a TE, I’d have gone with CJ Fiederowicz.

Matt- Niklas is a monster at 6-foot-6 and 270 pounds, but is still a raw prospect. He does not have great speed, so he will have to rely on his size, route running and hands to make plays in the passing game. However, at his size Niklas should be a great blocker early in his NFL career. Notre Dame has been a tight end factory of late and Niklas could add to that group.

John- Big player, as in REALLY big (6’7″, 270 LBS). Good blocker, which is perfect for the revitalized Packers running game. Could be an H-Back type. Not a great route runner. Fills a need at TE, and would be a great value pick if he fell to the 3rd round.

Josh Huff, WR, Oregon- Pick 98

Josh Huff

Josh Huff reminds this writer of a former Packers WR who now plays for a division rival.

Ross- Josh Huff reminds me a lot of Greg Jennings.  He’s not the biggest guy in the world, both players stand about 5’11″ and weigh in around 200 lbs.  The two players ran nearly identical 40 times, Jennings at 4.48 and Huff at 4.51.  Neither player is going to be the best athlete on the field at any point in time, but both players have and adept ability to control their bodies and run routes.  Both players are also fantastic after the catch.  I struggled with my decision between Huff and Wisconsin’s Jared Abbrederis but chose Huff because of his ability to make plays after the catch.

Ian- The Packers are thin at wide receiver, at least relative to previous years, luckily for them this draft is so deep at wide receiver that they are able to find a player of Huff’s quality late in the 3rd round.  Huff may not be the biggest or fastest receiver, but he’s tough and is not afraid to make catches over the middle of the field. Huff’s ability as a return man would also make him appealing to the Packers. The only other player that I would have had a hard time passing up at this spot would have been Boise State’s OLB/DE Demarcus Lawrence, who at pick 98 would be a good value.

Matt- In my opinion, this is a little bit early for Huff. He looks maxed out physically and likely will not add much more mass. Drops and a lack of focus have been issues for him. He is a very fluid route runner with good bursts in his cuts.

John- I actually prefer the player picked after Huff (WR Jared Abbrederis) in this spot more. Smaller size (5’11″, only 206 lbs) without top speed. Don’t really see him fitting in the Packers offense. A little taller, maybe. A little faster, probably. Possession type receiver? Not a fan of this selection

 

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Ross Uglem is a writer at PackersTalk.com. You can follow Ross on twitter at RossUglem

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8 Responses to PackersTalk.com NFL Mock Draft 1.0

  1. Ugly Bob says:

    1. No way St. Louis takes Matthews over Robinson. Robinson is way better. Much more upside.
    2. Vikings won’t take Evans at #8. Ridiculous luxury pick they can’t afford to make. Any of the next 8 players you mocked after that pick are better fits and values compared to what the Vikings need.
    3. Aaron Donald at 11 is fine, but as a 3-4 DL? I don’t see the fit.
    4. Eagles are taking defense in Round 1. Kelly has basically said as much. He can craft an offense with pretty much anyone. Nix is a realistic pick there given that PHI had no DT’s of note last year.

    5. I agree with pretty much the rest of the draft. Have a feeling there will be a few more small-school guys here than you mocked. Hard to predict.

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    • Ross Uglem says:

      Bob, thanks for the feedback!

      1. I made the Matthews pick, and while I don’t disagree with you as far as upside, right now Matthews is the better pass blocker. I am moving closer to changning my mind on those two Ts as far as the Rams are concerned. Excellent point.
      2. I tend to agree with you here except on one point. WR is not really a “luxury” pick. Greg Jennings more than likely will be released following this season so the only receivers on next year’s roster will be a still raw Cordarelle Patterson and a run-of-the-mill slot receiver in Jarius Wright.
      3. I’m not convinced the Titans will automatically switch to a “true” 3-4 defense. The Cardinals that Wiz took to the Super Bowl ran a 4-3. Wiz won’t make a defensive switch until his personnel are in place. If Donald is the best player, the Titans might take him.
      4. I’m not sure what you’re designating Fletcher Cox as if you don’t think he’s “of note”. If you mean that you think the Eagles need a true NT, then fine Nix makes sense but Fletcher Cox is a very, very good football player.
      5. Thank you.

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  2. Ugly Bob says:

    I thought Cox played 3-4 DE?

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    • Ross Uglem says:

      He does, and that’s what I was wondering. You referred to “DTs” well in a 3-4 it’s just the one DT and most would refer to it as a “NT”. I’m being very picky it’s just with interior DL the Packers play so much sub package that in my head I lump them all together. My thoughts about this pick were obviously related to the uncertainty surrounding Jeremy Maclin and the departure of DeSean Jackson coupled with Kelly’s familiarity with Cooks having competed against him in the Pac 12.

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  3. Aaron says:

    He’ll of a draft. Either Buchannon or T Brooks will be upgrades at safety

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