It’s time to toughen up, to lay the wood on some opponents and start playing the game with a mean streak that will make other teams sit up and take notice.
That’s why I’ve gone defense in the mock draft in which I was recently asked to participate. The mock is located over at zoneblitz.com … Click here to see the full draft. There are a couple of surprises in this first round – two of which come from Jon Merckle, senior blogger over at our Fansided.com sister site, The Viking Age. His picks emphasize the need for mean that seems to be taking place across the league.
While Merckle could have gone offense with his selections at 23 and 25, he also went defense. With the #23 pick, he selected Arthur Brown, Linebacker – Kansas State and with the 25th pick he took Jamar Taylor, Cornerback – Boise State.
At 26, I could have gone offensive line or defensive line or even running back, but I didn’t. I stayed with the trend and selected Matt Elam, Safety – Florida.
Here’s how I explained it …
The Packers have been deemed “soft” by many in the media, as well as those in the know in the NFL. The selection of Matt Elam will go a long way in alleviating the description of the Packer defense. Elam, though a bit undersized, is a hard hitter who plays well in the box – making running backs feel his punch. With the likes of Adrian Peterson and Matt Forte in the NFC North, the Packers need an enforcer in their defensive backfield. Elam fits that role and would be a great addition to the Packers defense.
I’ll leave it at that.
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