The NFL Draft should be fast approaching, but unfortunately we have to wait until May so that the NFL can dominate the news every month of the season. The wait is torturing me, so I decided to put together a seven round mock draft for the Packers.
Round 1 (21)- C.J. Mosley ILB Alabama
The Packers had great success with Eddie Lacy from Alabama last season and will be looking to do the same here with Mosley. A similarity between the two is that Lacy fell to Green Bay because of durability concerns, and Mosley might fall due to the similar concerns. Mosley is a three-down inside linebacker and would be a great compliment to A.J. Hawk because of his fantastic coverage skills. Finally, the Packers would have somebody to cover the middle of the field. He is equally good against the run with great instincts and sideline to sideline speed. His high football IQ is needed on a defense that often times seems confused.
Other options: Ha-Ha Clinton Dix, Ryan Shazier, Odell Beckham Jr., Calvin Pryor
Round 2 (53)- Terrence Brooks S Florida St.
It’s no secret that safety is a huge need for the Packers and they still have done nothing to address it. Brooks ran a 4.42 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine, which is not quite as fast as Nick Collins, but not too far behind. The Packers have missed Collins’ speed greatly, as they have not had guys with the athletic ability at safety to make up for mistakes and make plays on the ball. Brooks has great coverage ability and was a former cornerback. He will be able to play as a single-high free safety and cover guys in the slot. Despite being a little short, Brooks is more physical than he is given credit for.
Other options: Davante Adams, Martavis Bryant, Jordan Matthews, Jace Amaro, Austin Seferian-Jenkins
Round 3 (85)- Bruce Ellington WR South Carolina
At 5-foot-9 and 197 pounds, Ellington is a lot like Randall Cobb. Both of them in the slot and on the field together would be an absolute nightmare for opposing defenses. I think wide receivers like Martavis Bryant, Jordan Matthews and Donte Moncrief will be gone, but a trade up is a possibility. Ellington is not the route runner that Cobb is, but in terms of athletic ability he is right there. Despite his height, Ellington showed the ability to go up and pluck the ball out of the air and make great body adjustments with the ball in the air. He has incredible acceleration and quickness to beat corners at the snap. Having Ellington and Cobb together would allow Mike McCarthy to get even more creative.
Other options: Jarvis Landry, Donte Moncrief, Weston Richburg, Marcus Martin
Round 3 (98)- C.J Fiedorowicz TE Iowa
Fiedorowicz has more athleticism than given credit for and at 6-foot-6, 265 pounds he can be a huge target in the red zone He has soft hands and is a tough run blocker. He can get shut down by quick linebackers, but is good at finding holes in zone coverage.
Other options: Travis Swanson, Ergo Ferguson
Round 4 (121)- Daniel McCullers NT Tennessee
The Packers re-signed B.J Raji, but that was only a one-year deal, and they have no real backup behind him right now. McCullers is a mammoth player at 6-foot-7, 352 pounds. He offers nothing rushing the passer, but is very stout against the run and can take on double teams.
Round 5 (161)-Devin Street WR Pittsburgh
Street is a big bodied wide receiver with a great ability to go up and make contested catches. He lacks top end speed, but can make up for it with his great size and hands.
Round 5 (176)- Gabe Ikard C Oklahoma
The Packers seem to have faith in J.C. Tretter, but they still need to add another option in the draft. There are not a ton of great options at the top of the draft, but Ikard is a good option at this point.
Round 6 (197)- Prince Shembo OLB Notre Dame
Shembo had good production at Notre Dame last season, as he had five sacks and 17 hurries. He lacks elite athleticism, so he does not have a great speed rush, but has a great motor and effort level.
Round 7 (236)- Connor Shaw QB South Carolina
The Packers still haven’t re-signed Matt Flynn, so backup quarterback could be a problem again. Shaw had a very impressive senior season at South Carolina. He does not have ideal size, but has great athleticism to make plays outside the pocket and is an accurate passer.
Matt Bove is a writer at PackersTalk.com. PackersTalk.com. You can follow him on twitter at @RayRobert9.