By ACinthe715 on 4/27/2016 at 10:06 AM
Final mock using Fanspeak's On the Clock program
1st (27th) OT Jack Conklin - Michigan St.
Analysis: This would be the ultimate Ted Thompson pick as it would swerve the entire nation to not take a linebacker or nose tackle but instead an offensive tackle.
Green Bay goes into this season with David Bahktiari, TJ Lang, Josh Sitton and JC Tretter in the last year of their contracts. The Packers can't resign them all and Tretter and Sitton may be the best candidates to be resigned. Bahktiari has proved to be much more capable than his 4th round selection pegged him to be but he's committed way too many holding and false starts penaltys and in the current NFL left tackle is a premium position and a team will pay him way too much than the Packers can afford. Also Bryan Bulaga hasn't completed a full season in 3 years so Conklin can provide depth and mare sure Don Barclay never sees the field again.
Short term this is a depth pick and can be a reliable backup but long term Conklin can be the left tackle of the future for the Packers.
2nd (26th) WLB Su'a Cravens - USC
Analysis: Thompson once again surprises everyone by not taking a nose tackle or a traditional inside linebacker but takes the saftey/linebacker hybrid Cravens here in the 2nd round similar what the Cardinals did with Deone Buccannon.
What the Packers need isn't a run stopping thumper (although one is needed) but they need a linebacker who can cover and Cravens is an excellent cover linebacker going back to his days as a safety. He's too slow to be an every down safety but he's got the right speed and burst to play linebacker. Cravens was USCs best player on defense and he was everywhere. He can play traditional strong safety, middle backer, outside backer, edge rusher. Dom Capers would find ways to get him on the field.
Another aspect of Cravens is his reckless abandon to take ball carriers down. He's not the biggest guy but he brings the biggest hits and he's not afraid to lunge at guys and with his speed he gets the ball carrier in a hurry and speed on defense is what the Packers need. This is a huge steal
3rd (25th) HB Kenneth Dixon - Louisiana Tech
Analysis: The surprises continue as the Packers go running back here with Kenenth Dixon. While Eddie Lacy has shed a lot of weight he's still a free agent next season but he's likely to be resigned if he keeps the weight off. James Starks was also resigned but he's had fumbling issues in the past and could only be on a one year of his 2 year deal. What both lack is a sudden break neck speed and playmaking ability that Dixon brings.
Dixon would bring a new dynamic to the Packers offense that has never been seen before. The moment this guy touches the ball he goes form 0 to 60 in no time flat. He's a better pass catcher than Lacy and Starks and always squeaks by defenders. He could also return kicks and punts and be the guy the Packers were hoping Jonathan Franklin would become before his career ending neck injury. Dixon's production could lower Lacy's touches and convince teams not to go after him providing the Packers with an opportunity to resign him.
Imagine the Packers using Lacy and Starks to pound the ball and then late in the game dumping the ball to Dixon on screens and him sprinting past everyone.
4th 34OLB Travis Feeney - Washington
Analysis: Another guy who's injury history will make him slide is Washington's Travis Feeney with 4 shoulder injuries makes him a boom or bust prospect but the kid's upside and promise makes it too tempting to pass on him.
Feeney is listed as a 4-3 WLB but he would be a natural 3-4 OLB as Washington played in a 2-5 defense and Feeney rushed off the edge. He's also a former safety so his coverage skills would be welcomed. He would be thrown into a rotatain behind Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers and would have to earn his keep on special teams early but he could be an impact player and a reliable depth player for the Packers in years to come.
4th NT D.J. Reader - Clemson
Analysis: We finally address nose tackle at the end of the 4th round by taking Reader from Clemson. The reason why it took so late was because the Packers rarely use their 3-4 base defense. They were in nickel and dime 65% of the time last year and that was with the offense struggling and opposing defenses being able to run the ball. If the offense were to regain thier stride with the addition of Dixon and return of Jordy Nelson and Ty Montgomery and the addition of Jared Cook the offense could put up numbers fast and early making teams to abandon the run and passing forcing the defense to go into nickel more often.
That being said nose tackle is a position that needs addressing with BJ Raji quittting football. Reader's production has slipped ever since his sophmore year and injuries have kept him off the field but he's still a big body who can eat up defenders and helped the Clemson linebackers and edge rushers to get the QB. His numbers won't jump off because they're not suppose to jump off. He's a perfect 1st and 2nd down run stuffer who'll be moved out on passing downs.
4th (27th) SILB Scooby Wright III - Arizona
Analysis: We finally get to a traditional inside linebacker and personally on of my favorites in Scooby Wright.
Forget everything last season as he was hurt for all year but in Arizona's bowl game he still racked up 15 tackles and 2 sacks. In his sophmore year Wright put up ridiculous video game numbers as he got 164 (yes ONE HUNDRED SIXTY FOUR) tackles, 15 sacks and 5 forced fumbles onto winning the Vince Lombardi Award for best college defensive player.
His lost junior season will be the reason he slips into the fourth round but he seems to over his injuries and would push Jake Ryan and Sam Barrington into a competiton for one of the starting inside linebacker positions. He's not very athletic but he's got a motor that won't quit and he also provides a hard hitting style that would make the Packers defense more physical.
5th (26th) UT Matt Ioannidis - Temple
Analysis: Packers continue to address defensive line by taking Ioannidis who was one of the key cogs in Temple's terrific defense last season. Ioannidis would be a good run stopper opposite Mike Daniels as he racked up 11.5 TFL last season and has averaged 3.5 sacks per year so he has some pass rushing skills and wouldn't have to be taken out on passing downs. He could also move inside to nose tackle and outside linebacker as Temple moved him around a lot to provide mismatches.
Ioannidis has terrific insticts and would push for starting time and could be a steal.
6th (25th) WR Moritz Boehringer - Schwäbisch Hall
Analysis: THIS IS NOT FOR TYLER BOYD
I picked Mortiz Boehringer aka the German Randy Moss and he wasn't in the list.
Boehringer is a freak of nature standing 6'4 and ran a 4.4 forty. The little tape there is of him in jaw dropping as he runs perfect routes and outruns everybody. He was the european league's rookie of the year and has only started watching football 4 years ago from highlight videos on Youtube. The physical tools alone makes him worthy of a pick but the lack of experience could have him sliding to the 6th round.
Nevertheless we know what happened last year with the Packers receivers. Jordy Nelson got hurt, Randall Cobb played all last year with a bum shoulder, Ty Montgomery got hurt, Davante Adams had a bad sophmore slump and got hurt. Jared Abbrederris and Jeff Janis provided some relief in the playoffs when finally given a chance but Janis still needs to prove he can learn the route tree and he's of more use being a gunner of special teams and becoming the ace of that position and Abbrederris needs to prove he can stay healthy. Boehringer could usurp Davante Adams if Adams' struggles continue.
7th (27th) P Drew Kaser - Texas A&M
Analysis: Tim Masthay has been terrible the last two seasons and he was exposed horribly when the Packers offense struggled. 25, 28, 30 yard punts put the Packers defense in terrible spots all season long and enough is enough so the Packers take Kaser to provide training camp competition but Kaser, with his booming leg, could take the job running away.
Kaser was the SEC's best punter the last two seasons averaging 47.7 yards and good hang time and it would be refreshing to see a punt go farther tahn 30 yards every time.
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