So much attention is given to the first round of each NFL draft class, but history testifies to the fact that even the latest of selections can become centerpieces in an NFL franchise – including the Green Bay Packers.
The Packers are known as one of the better drafting teams in the league and it wouldn’t surprise anyone to see three or four of this year’s draft picks become consistent starters. This is why, as Packer fans, we get so excited about the NFL draft. We know that we are seeing the future of our team being shaped with every pick, in every round.
Because every pick matters, here is my final 7 round mock draft.
Round 1: Datone Jones – DE, UCLA
Jones is an amazing athlete and has the ability to play Defensive End in the Packers 3-4 defense. He would add some much-needed talent to what has been an anemic defensive line. At 6’-4, he would add the length and motor that Green Bay is looking for on the line. Jones has recently made comments about wanting to play in the Packers’ scheme. I, too, think he is a great fit.
Round 2: D.J. Swearinger – Safety, South Carolina
If the Packers don’t take a Safety in the first round, you can bet that they will take one sooner than later. Swearinger has been climbing up draft boards. His ability to be a big hitter strikes fear into receivers who have to cross the middle of the field. Accused of being “soft”, the packers could use a player like Swearinger who can pack a punch in the secondary.
Round 3: Brian Schwenke – C/G, California
This one is tough because the Packers could select a number of offensive linemen. I list Schwenke because I believe that Travis Frederick will be off the board. Schwenke gives Green Bay someone who can play all three interior O-line positions. He would compete with Dietrich-Smith for the starting Center job.
Round 4: Stedman Bailey – WR, West Virginia
Tavon Austin and Geno Smith have been getting all the attention when it comes to West Virginia prospects, but Bailey has the potential be a great NFL receiver. He was arguably the most consistent player of the West Virginia bunch. Some believe that he may only be able to play the slot. The slot is a good place to be in the Packer’s offense.
Round 5a: Jordan Mills – T, La. Tech
Mills provides competition to the Packer’s O-line. He might not be a NFL left tackle, but he could certainly develop into a great depth player or even compete to start right tackle if Bulaga moves to the left side.
Round 5b: Kwame Geathers - NT, Georgia
The Packers pick a space eater with the second of their 5th round picks. Geathers is a mountain of a man that, with some coaching, could be an eventual replacement for Ryan Pickett. For now, a Raji, Pickett, D. Jones, Worthy, Geathers defensive line does not sound too shabby.
Round 6: Michael Hill – RB, Missouri Western
Hill is a lesser known talent that the Packers seem to really like. They have brought him in for a visit. The film on this guy is amazing. He is also a great blocker and decent receiver out of the backfield. I think he could be a late round steal. I wonder if they take him a round or so earlier to make sure they get him.
Round 7: Ryan Otten – TE, San Jose State
Otten has the potential to be a top 100 prospect, but lacks some bulk. He has good hands and runs smooth routes. Given some time to develop and a commitment to a weight room, he could be a late round steal.