North Carolina Tar Heels linebacker Zach Brown (47) and defensive tackle Sylvester Williams (92) and linebacker Fabby Desir (49) tackle Louisville Cardinals running back Jeremy Wright (28). Mark Dolejs-USA TODAY Sports

Mock Draft: This one has Packers taking Sylvester Williams


Today is John Madden’s 77th birthday – so, what does that have to do with this post about a particular mock draft, and the specific pick by the Green Bay Packers?

Well, that’s easy.

We’ve been rolling along for weeks and months and watching as the majority of mocksters were saying that Tyler Eifert, Eddie Lacy, Matt Elam, and even guys like John CyprienDamontre Moore, and Barrett Jones would be selected by the Packers with the 26th pick in this month’s NFL Draft.

Then BOOM! Sports Illustrated’s Don Banks comes out with his most recent mock placing Sylvester Williams smack dab into the Packers draft target. For weeks, we’ve been watching mock after mock that had the 6-3, 313-pound Williams going to the Vikings with either the 23rd or 25th picks they have in the first round – the second pick of the round coming via the Percy Harvin trade.

So, why is this important? Well, because Williams was recently evaluated on cbssports.com this way … “cat-like quickness and a lethal swim move, Williams emerged as one of the more dangerous big-play interior defenders in the country as a senior …”

And here’s how they size him up at nfl.com:

Violent tackler, will throw ball carriers to the ground. Has enough short-area quickness to charge through the A-gap off the snap. Spins off blocks when moving forward to threaten hesitating quarterbacks or get a hand on running backs in the backfield.

It sounds to me that he could bring a whole new attitude to the Packers defensive line and its inability to put consistent pressure on offenses and stop the run. We’ll forget about the good leverage, pad level, and hand quickness to split double teams … though those are things that Mike McCarthy would love to hear.

What the average Packers fan wants to see is a player who can disrupt an offense, especially the running game. That would come as good news considering what Adrian Peterson and Colin Kaepernick did to the Packers last season. Peterson’s trashing of the Packers and Kaepernick’s 181 yards in a playoff game are probably enough to convince Ted Thompson that Dom Capers, his defensive coordinator, needs more help along his line.

Williams would be a good fix … and considering the fact that Jerel Worthy probably won’t be ready for the start of the regular season, the need gets that much more urgent.

So, in honor of John Madden, if the selection is there, Thompson should say BOOM! The deal is done.

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