A sampling of today’s NFL Mock Drafts for the Green Bay Packers takes me to highlight three mocks that provide us with projections for three different picks:
JOSH NORRIS of rotoworld.com:
Josh gives us safety Matt Elam of Florida.
Charlie Campbell of Walterfootball.com:
Charlie projects wide receiver Keenan Allen of California
Walterfootball.com gives us tight end Tyler Eifert of Notre Dame.
Interesting picks, I must say. Where’s the defensive lineman? Where’s the running back? Where’s the offensive lineman. While Ted Thompson will have the final say, everyone most recently has projected Barrett Jones as the best fit for the Packers. He’s a blue collar, intelligent football player who can man at least three different spots along the line – a factor that we know TT likes.
However, a lis franc foot injury that required surgery just before the Combine may have resulted in Jones slipping in the draft. In fact, the Packers may still have a shot at him in the second or third round, which makes these three projections even more interesting.
Looking at Norris’s pick of Elam, he admits he’s not sold on the safety, but admits there are many who are. Elam has been compared to 49ers safety Donte Whitner, an apt comparison because “Elam has played in the slot but is on the small side and struggles in coverage at times as a result.”
I’m not sold on this pick either, especially as a first-rounder.
However, looking at the other two picks here – Keenan Allen and Tyler Eifert – I like them. With the Packers most likely losing Greg Jennings to free agency, the pick of a receiver here would be smart. However, it’s not like TT to draft a receiver this high. He usually waits until at least the second or third round to consider the wideout.
Allen may be too good to pass up, however. With good size, 6-2, 215 pounds, Allen is built for success, especially if he’s teamed up with someone like Aaron Rodgers. The connection could be dynamic.
The same could be said about Eifert. The Golden Domer is another solid receiver with impressive size and speed. He is 6-6, 251 pounds and ran the 40 at the Combine in 4.68 seconds; had 22 reps in the bench press; jumped 35.5 inches in the vertical leap; broad jumped 119 inches; ran a 6.92 in the three-cone drill; 4.32 in the 20 yard shuffle; and a 11.52-second in the 60-yard shuffle. Those were all bests among this year’s tight ends.
So, what are your thoughts on these three projections?
Should the Packers go D-line? O-line? Running back?
Throw some of your own projections our way.