Published today on jerseyal.com was a mock draft by Pigskin Paul – a refreshing, unpredictable review of the possibilities for all seven rounds of picks for the Green Bay Packers in this month’s coming NFL Draft.
The author of the mock doesn’t pull any punches in describing how he arrives at the picks he’s selection, agreeing that trying to decipher the “scheming and mechanization of Ted Thompson’s mind” was beyond comprehension.
But by using a system that includes a look at his top 300 list and punching in the spots from which the Packers are slated, Pigskin Paul brings us names that we haven’t seen in any other mock draft anywhere on the Internet. Even so, he said,
“Even though Thompson professes the ‘best available athlete’ philosophy as his drafting mode, he is far from oblivious to roster need factors if he has a group of players that are pretty much equally ranked on his Draft Board. Even though I believe this to be a very good Draft to trade back a couple of times because of high quality depth I refuse to even begin speculation on when and where he might trade.”
So, who has he picked?
• Well, it starts with Desmond Trufant, a cornerback from Washington whose two older brothers also play in the NFL;
• His second round pick, Josh Boyce, is a wide receiver from TCU;
• In the third slot, he has J.J. Wilcox, a safety from Georgia Southern – an intriguing pick from a small school who has a huge upside;
• In round 4, he has Corey LeMonier, a defensive end/OLB from Auburn – a player that I saw in another mock as a first round selection by the Packers;
• In the fifth round, Pigskin Paul picks Levine Tiololo, a tight end from Stanford – a huge target at 6-8, 260 pounds;
• The Packers’ second pick in the fifth round is projected to be A.J. Francis, a defensive tackle from Maryland – at 6-5, 320 pounds, Francis is described as a high energy guy who plays “long and large”;
• In the sixth round, the projection is J.C. Tretter, an offensive guard/center from Cornell – finally the team addreses the offensive line; and
• With the final selection, the Packers do what they did last year – select a quarterback – Zac Dysert of Miami of Ohio. Pigskin Paul describes him as a “player with more athleticism and a better arm than Graham Harrell.”
I’ll let you go to the site to read the full descriptions of each selection. Most notable with Pigskin Paul, though he incorporates knowledge and intuition into his picks, he isn’t ashamed to make it clear that the final results on draft day will most likely not resemble his selections, but he feels these are as close to reality that he can put together at this point.
How the draft plays out will depend on Thompson’s “scheming and mechanization.”
Check out the picks, but also check out his site.
You can read more from Paul on the Packers and the NFL Draft on his website, Pigskin Paul’s Place.