Brutal honesty is a fine trait and I commend Mike Tanier of Sports on Earth for his this morning after browsing (or sneaking a peek, as he would say) at his mock draft that utilizes not only his own expertise, but those from other mocksters from across the Internet.
What he’s put together for us is a first round mock draft by the percentages – taking all of the drafts he feels are good representations and developing his own based on the players mentioned most by each team. While he posts the name of the player who has been mentioned most as that team’s pick, he also provides the two others who have also been listed on other mock drafts.
For instance, for the Green Bay Packers, 25 of the mocks out there project Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert as the consensus pick, but also mentions Eddie Lacy, 18 percent; and Matt Elam with 18 percent. In his description, Tanier makes excellent points in describing why neither Eifert nor Lacy make good choices for the Packers.
Here’s what he has to say:
Running back is an obvious need for the Packers, but Lacy feels like a bad fit (he’s a poor receiver), and the Packers subscribe to the theory that quality running backs can be found in later rounds, or in free agency, or bussing tables somewhere. Eifert also feels like a square peg with the Packers, who use their tight end more like a spread offense possession receiver. Ogletree and Watson also got votes. [Menelik] Watson is the kind of unique player (he’s a power forward-turned-left tackle) that Ted Thompson might be tempted to reach for.
My gut tends to agree with Tanier, but my head is also wrapped around a player who is not mentioned at all here … Giovani Bernard. For some reason, I feel Ted Thompson may buck the trend this year and reach for an impact running back like Bernard – an explosive back who can catch the ball out of the backfield. We all know how hard the Packers pursued Steven Jackson. Clearly, they did that for a reason – because they feel strongly that they need to add to their offensive firepower, especially in the backfield. Bernard may be the answer.
But as the debate continues, check out Tanier’s consensus mock draft. Check out the other NFC North teams and let us know what you think by leaving a comment below, liking us on Facebook and/or following us on Twitter.