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Green Bay Packers Mock Draft

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It’s that kind of season where NFL mock drafts are flowing around the Internet and it’s always fun to take some time to read them when you’re bored.

I’m not one to come out with a different one every week though, but I did participate in something that was really fun and interesting. I was the Green Bay Packers GM in a mock draft over at sportshoopla.com with every team having a GM that is a fan of that team, so it was hopefully pretty realistic. I will walk you through my picks and some of the scenarios I was faced with.

You can find a link to the full draft results here http://www.sportshoopla.com/threads/nos-2nd-annual-nfl-mock-draft-full-draft.177022/

Round 1 (30): Malcolm Brown DT Texas

Probably not the pick most people expected, but Brown was an absolute steal at this point in the draft and was by far the best player available on my board. I wouldn’t expect Brown to get far into the 20s on draft day if he makes it that far at all, but he fell in this draft. It was really a no-brainer.

Eric Kendricks was gone at #21 to Cincinnati and there was a huge run of corners before my pick with Marcus Peters, Kevin Johnson, Jalen Collins and P.J. Williams all being taken off the board.

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Out of the Pocket: The Draft is Coming

Out of the Pocket Podcast on the Packers Talk Radio Network.

Jump in to off-season fun with the Hot Mess-Express as they review the Packers free agent signings (or lack there-of), discussing how much everyone has missed us, Kelly’s love of the game, recap the coaching staff reorganization, the different Packers that have been traded or left out in the cold, what the Packers’ greatest needs are, and how we can use the draft to build our organization.

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The Packers are looking at quarterbacks?

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As other teams start playing musical quarterbacks, isn’t it reassuring to know that the league’s MVP, and possibly one of the best quarterbacks in the history of, well, ever is on the Green Bay Packers’ active roster. Let’s face it, we’re spoiled. Aside from the fall of 2013 where the Packers walked through the Shadow of Mediocrity while Aaron Rodgers nursed a broken clavicle, the Packers have been rock solid with a top tier quarterbacks since 1992. That’s three presidents ago, and I was still in college.

Yet Rodgers’ injury reminded the team and fans alike that he is very much mortal, susceptible to the same injuries as any other athlete, and that there needs to be a Plan B if he cannot play. The Packers gambled that year and lost horribly. Vince Young, Seneca Wallace, Scott Tolzien. By the time Flynn was resigned to salvage the remainder of the season–or at least stop the hemorrhaging–he was technically QB3, maybe QB4 if you count Young.

Needless to say, they haven’t been caught shorthanded since. With a reliable insurance policy and a spare last year, the Packers kept Flynn on as the backup while Tolzien continued to develop. He knew the system, though his arm wasn’t that strong. And now that it appears that Scoots is ready to assume the role of QB2, the Packers resigned him last month to $1.35 Million one-year contract (a $645,000 raise from last year.) Meanwhile they have made no move to resign Matt Flynn. It signals to me that the Packers have already picked Rodgers’ back up for 2015. It’s a sizable hit against the cap for someone riding the bench, but it is a solid insurance policy when the league’s MVP goes down.

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Wisconsin Badgers in Green Bay

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While the Wisconsin Badgers basketball team has been getting national attention with their National Championship berth last night, their football team is a perennial Top 25 program as well. As of January, a total of 33 former Badgers were on NFL rosters, two of which were a part of the Green Bay Packers.

Backup quarterback Scott Tolzien and wide receiver Jared Abbrederis are the lone Badgers currently in Green Bay. While playing in Madison, the two were both big contributors on the offensive side of the ball, but only overlapped briefly during the 2010 season.

Over his three years with the team, Tolzien really only saw playing time during his junior and senior seasons. Over that span he started 26 games and threw for 5,164 yards, 32 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. He led the Badgers to a 20-14 win in the Champs Sports Bowl over Miami following the 2009 season, but lost in the Rose Bowl 21-19 to TCU in 2010. Tolzien also decimated the Wisconsin single-season record for passing completion in his senior season, along with winning the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award. Here are his career stats:

Scott Tolzien Stats

Abbrederis was an impact player during his four years in a Badger uniform. Over his career, Abbrederis totaled 202 receptions, 3,140 receiving yards and 23 touchdowns. On top of his receiving stats, he also tallied 291 rushing yards (2 TD)as well as 1,387 return yards (1 punt return TD).

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Looking Back at the 2010 Green Bay Packers Draft

Green Bay Packers 2010 NFL Draft

The 2009 season was a resurgence for the Green Bay Packers, improving by 5 games to 11-5 and taking the Cardinals to the limit in one of the most exciting playoff games of recent memory.

2009 rookies Clay Matthews and BJ Raji each made an impact, while Matthews became an instant star, so the Packers looked to get a similar impact, drafting the Best Available Player, and so far it has worked. Let’s take a look at the 2010 draft for Ted Thompson and the Packers.

ROUND 1 (23) – Bryan Bulaga, OL. Iowa

BAP: Bulaga

Seen in draft circles as a top prospect, some mocks had him going in the Top 10. However, he fell due to concerns about arm length and where he would play in the NFL. Coming in early on, he eventually became a starter at Right Tackle and he has held the job since then. A key piece of the 2010 Super Bowl team, he was seen as an elite right tackle by publications such as Bleacher Report and has been anything if not consistent, great in run blocking and slowly improving in pass protection. He did battle injuries in 2012 and 2013, but bounced back nicely last season. A priority free agent for Thompson, he re-signed this offseason and will remain in green and gold for a while to come.

ROUND 2 (56) – Mike Neal, DE. Purdue

BAP: Jared Veldheer, OT. Hillsdale

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How Much of Clay Matthews Inside in 2015?

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As the NFL Draft approaches it appears that the Green Bay Packers will bring in no reinforcements at inside linebacker before that date comes.

Unless UCLA linebacker Eric Kendricks drops to pick No.30 — which I don’t see happening — the Packers are unlikely to get a reinforcement in the first round of the draft either.

Getting rid of A.J. Hawk and Brad Jones are probably addition by subtraction, but you still need to replace them. Considering this, it seems strange that most people are just assuming Clay Matthews is moving back outside in 2015.

I guess it’s assumed because Matthews wasn’t all that excited about the move, but not only was the defense much better, Matthews was better individually as well. It’s forgotten now that Matthews was struggling during the first half of the season playing exclusively outside. He just did not seem to have quite the same explosiveness coming off the edge as normal. Also, Matthews had trouble at times staying discipline in the run game and containing the edge. He only had 2.5 sacks in the first eight games before the switch.

Matthews had sacks in six of his final eight games to bring his season total to a very respectable 11, which is right around where he wants it. The hybrid position looked like his best position, and that might be how Ted Thompson is looking at it right now. It allowed the Packers to get their best players on the field. They would much rather have had Mike Neal or Nick Perry lining up outside than Jones or Hawk in the middle last year, and that may be the case again with the rookie if he is slow to develop.

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Don’t expect Packers to sign free agent WR

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There has been a lot of talk about the Packers dipping their toes into free agency to pick up a veteran receiver. Wes Welker’s name continues to be mentioned, and Green Bay is rumored to be a possibility as a place for him to land.

There even some that think that the Packers should welcome the bridge burning prodigal son Greg Jennings back into the fold. Yeah, you heard that right, Mr. Walking on Eggshells, didn’t want to work with “The guy they have now” as a legitimate possibility of suiting up in green and gold again.

And then there’s the other WR free agents just waiting around with the rest of the kids praying not to be the last one picked for kickball: Michael Crabtree and Reggie Wayne come to mind.

This seems to happen every year during free agency. Fans and pundits alike start drafting wishlists on name recognition alone, fantasizing about snagging that “It” player that will make all the difference in the upcoming season.

But free agency started almost a month ago, and these receivers are still on the market for a reason. They are the equivalent of day old bread. Sure, there are some uses for it, but it’s just going to turn moldy faster than you want. And they are stale as hell.

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