2016 NFL DRAFT: SLEEPER PICKS FOR GREEN BAY PACKERS

IAN SEAU-OUTSIDE LINEBACKER-NEVADA

NFL bloodline. Nephew of the late great Junior Seau. Ian has the pass-rush ability to make a name for himself at the next level.

Possesses an explosive first step and is often the first player off the line of scrimmage. Locates the ball quickly and is relentless in pursuit. Does rely on athleticism too often, but flashes good hand technique and an effective spin-move to quickly disengage from blockers.

Playmaker with non-stop motor. Plays with excellent body control and moves well in space. Could benefit by transitioning from a Defensive End in college to a 3-4 Outside Linebacker in the pros.

Current Projected Round: 7/Undrafted

TJ GREEN-SAFETY-CLEMSON

Green had an impressive showing at the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine. At 6’2 209, he ran a 4.34 second 40 yard dash and registered a 35.5 inch vertical leap.

On tape, Green simply plays faster than most. Not a transcendent athlete but closes on the ball quickly. Has the athleticism and length to excel in man coverage but is probably not ready to consistently contribute in a NFL secondary. Core special teamer written all over him.

Safety depth could be an area that the Packers address during the draft, even after bringing Chris Banjo back for another year. Sean Richardson’s future with Green Bay could be at an end after his second spinal fusion surgery, and Micah Hyde is more of a jack-of-all-trades than a true safety.

Current Projected Round: 4

TERRANCE SMITH-INSIDE LINEBACKER-FLORIDA STATE

Athleticism and Upside. Smith may not be an every down player at the next level, but he is equipped with sideline to sideline speed. He has also shown the ability to make plays in both zone and man coverage.

Speed in the middle of the Green Bay defense is a glaring weakness. Current in-house options at Inside Linebacker include Sam Barrington, Jake Ryan, Nate Palmer, Joe Thomas, and Carl Bradford. Without the inclusion of Clay Matthews in that group, the Packers’ ILB unit is one-dimensional.

The 2016 NFL Draft does not appear to be loaded with ILB talent, and General Manager Ted Thompson is not known to reach for positional need. That makes Terrance Smith an intriguing late round prospect for Green Bay. His value as a coverage linebacker could line up with the Packers’ need for speed.

Current Projected Round: 4-5

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