Jason Wilde of ESPN Wisconsin admittedly had some time on his hands today, so he very nicely posted a succinct list of mock draft projections for the Green Bay Packers from the major mocksters across the country.
Frankly, I’m hoping that Ted Thompson throws everyone for a loop on Draft Day by either trading that pick back into the second or third rounds. I think everyone agrees that this draft class, beyond the top 10 projections, doesn’t have the superstar players worth trading up to get. Those that are to be found in the second and third rounds are not far off the talent level of those who will be found in the back end of the first round.
So why not take a chance? After all, we know that Thompson’s greatest strength as a drafter is his ability to find the hidden gems in the later rounds.
So, what are your thoughts? Does Thompson go with the safe picks of Lacy, Eifert or Elam or pick up a couple of more picks through a trade or two and go after the gems in the second to middle rounds.
I would love to hear from you.
Here is the list of Packers Draft picks Wilde put together from the major mocksters around the country:
Mel Kiper Jr., ESPN: Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama
Todd McShay, ESPN: Menelik Watson, OT, Florida State
Peter Schrager, FOXSports.com: Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia
Tony Grossi, ESPNCleveland: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame.
Russ Lande, National Football Post: Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama
Matt Miller, Bleacher Report: Manti Te’o, ILB, Notre Dame
Don Banks, Sports Illustrated: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
Rob Rang, NFL Draft Scout: Matt Elam, S, Florida
Dane Brugler, NFL Draft Scout: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
Pete Prisco, CBSSports.com: Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State
Pat Kirwan, CBSSports.com: Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama
Clark Judge, CBSSports.com: Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M
Bucky Brooks, NFL.com: Eric Reid, S, LSU
Akbar Gbaja-Biamila, NFL.com: Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama
Gil Brandt, NFL.com: Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin
Charley Casserly, NFL.com: Matt Elam, S, Florida