Former Packers safety LeRoy Butler is even excited about tonight’s first round of the NFL Draft.
He put together his own mock draft and posted it on JSonline.
Take a look … and enjoy.
1. Indianapolis – QB Andrew Luck, Stanford. Comment: My advice to him in his first year is don’t be afraid to throw the checkdown pass. Remember that.
2. Washinston – QB Robert Griffin III, Baylor. Comment: Same advice I gave to Andrew Luck.
3. Minnesota – CB Morris Claiborne, LSU. Comment: The Vikings need to be able to compete against Greg Jennings, Brandon Marshall and Megatron.
4. NY Jets via trade with Cleveland – RB Trent Richardson, Alabama. Comment: The Jets trade Mark Sanchez and the 16th pick to move up to get the best RB in the draft.
5. Tampa Bay – OT Matt Kalil, USC. Comment: They’ve got to rebuild their offensive line to help protect Josh Freeman.
6. St. Louis – WR Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State. Comment: Here’s a big target for their $50 miliion QB, Sam Bradford that they can pair up with Brandon Lloyd.
7. Jacksonville – CB Stephon Gilmore, South Carolina. Comment: They need help on defense.
8. Miami – QB Ryan Tannehill, Texas A & M. Comment: Tannehill worked with offensive coordinator Mike Sherman and he can learn from Matt Moore and David Garrard.
9. Carolina – LB Luke Kuechly, Boston College. Comment: They have a lot of problems at LB and Kuechly helps address that.
10. Buffalo – DT Fletcher Cox, Mississippi St. Comment: He will pair great with Mario Williams.
11. Kansas City – DT Dontari Poe, Memphis. Comment: They need cornerback help, but Romeo Crennel is happy to get more help on defense.
12. Seattle – DE Quinton Coples, North Carolina. Comment: Seattle is building a pretty good defense.
13. Arizona – OT Riley Reiff, Iowa. Comment: They gave up a ton of sacks last year and need to protect Kevin Kolb better.
14. Dallas – S Mark Barron, Alabama. Comment: I’d love to see the Packers move up here, but it would take too much to pull off the trade.
15. Philadelphia – WR Michael Floyd, Notre Dame. Comment: This pick is for Michael Vick.
16. Cleveland, via trade with Jets – CB Dre Kirkpatrick, Alabama. With him and Joe Haden, they have two very good young corners.
17. Cincinnati – DE/OLB Melvin Ingram, South Carolina. Comment: They need help on defense.
18. San Diego – OG David DeCastro, Stanford. Comment: The Chargers have to rebuild their offensive line and DeCastro is the best lineman available.
19. Chicago – DT Michael Brockers, LSU. Comment: The Bears need help in the middle of their defensive line.
20. Tennessee – WR Stephen Hill, Georgia Tech. Comment: The Packers could try to trade up to this spot, but if they don’t the Titans go for WR help.
21. Cincinnati – ILB, Dont’a Hightower, Alabama. Comment: They need CB help, which they didn’t get with their first pick, but they go with a linebacker.
22. Cleveland – RB Doug Martin, Boise St. Comment: The Browns need someone to replace Peyton Hillis and give newly acquired Sanchez some help.
23. Detroit – CB Janoris Jenkins, North Alabama. Comment: He’s got a lot of off-the-field problems, but he’s maybe the best cover guy in the draft and the Lions need help in the secondary.
24. Pittsburgh – DT Jerel Worthy, Michigan State. Comment: He’ll help replace Aaron Smith and eventually Casey Hampton.
25. Green Bay, via trade with Denver – LB Whitney Mercilus, Illinois. Comment: The Packers move up by trading their fourth-round pick and No. 28. He’s a little raw, but he’s a good pass rusher. You can stand him up at ROLB opposite Clay Matthews and put him down in nickel. He’s the best pure pass rusher available at this point. He’s got good size and range. He’s kind of like Kamerion Wimbley from Florida State.
26. Houston – OG Corrdy Glenn, Georgia. Comment: They have a lot invested in Matt Schaub and they have to keep him protected.
27. New England – OLB Shea McClellin, Boise State. Comment: He’s a smart rusher. If you close your eyes, he’s Mike Vrabel.
28. Denver, via trade with GB – C Peter Konz, Wisconsin. Comment: He can help them out at guard and center.
29. Baltimore – Courtney Upshaw, OLB, Alabama. Comment: The Ravens are always going for defense and he can help them inside or outside.
30. San Francisco – Nick Perry, DE, USC. Comment: He would have been good for the Packers, but they can’t get over the chance to have Mercilus.
31. New England – OT Jonathan Martin, Stanford. Comment: They lost Matt Light and need help on the offensive line.
32. New York Giants – TE Coby Fleener, Stanford. Comment: They lost two TEs to knee injuries in the Super Bowl and with Eli Manning throwing to a guy like this, look out.