Jan 26, 2013; Mobile, AL, USA; Senior Bowl south squad offensive lineman Brian Schwenke of Cal (57) against the Senior Bowl north squad during the first half of the Senior Bowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Fourth round Value Prospects Available for the Green Bay Packers


Apr 25, 2013; New York, NY, USA; General view of Radio City Music Hall during the 2013 NFL Draft. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Were you one of those Green Bay Packers fans who went “ggggrrrrrr” after the team traded out of the third round on Friday for extra picks on Saturday?

Well, let’s see if the Packers make some selections in the final rounds that will turn that into “ggggrrrreat!”

In the fourth round, the Packers own the twelfth selection as a result of their trade-down with Miami on Friday. That will be the first of many extra picks for the Packers on Saturday.

You think it’s time for them to select an offensive lineman to protect their new $110 million investment in their franchise quarterback? Check out these names still available. I listed them with their overall ranking by well-respected draft analyst Mike Mayock.

 

Brian Schwenke of Cal
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• Brian Schwenke, center, California (ranked 55th)

• David Bakhtiari, tackle, Colorado (ranked 80th)

• David Quessenberry, tackle, San Jose State (ranked 84th)

• Barrett Jones, center, Alabama (ranked 91st)

Or maybe you think they should draft some secondary help with the 109th overall pick, a position of need with Charles Woodson departing.

• B.W. Webb, cornerback, William and Mary (ranked 67th)

• Jordan Poyer, cornerback, Oregon State (ranked 85th)

Shamarko Thomas
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• Shamarko Thomas, strong safety, Syracuse (ranked 95th)

Or how about picking the best big defensive lineman available, since Ryan Pickett is not getting younger and B.J Raji will be in a contract year?

• William Gholston, defensive end, Michigan State (ranked 78th)

• Alex Okafor, defensive end, Texas (ranked 79th)

• John Simon, defensive tackle, Ohio State (ranked 89th)

• Jesse Williams, defensive tackle, Alabama (ranked 97th)

How about other players, not necessarily in positions of need, who would be tempting to pick?

• Cornelius Washington, OLB, Georgia (ranked 54th)

• Khaseem Greene, OLB, Rutgers (ranked 69th)

Nov 3, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans quarterback Matt Barkley (7) throws a pass against the Oregon Ducks at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

Or how about just pick the best player available? That currently is USC quarterback Matt Barkley, ranked 44th by Mayock. Fat chance the Packers would select him. One, I don’t think he will last until their pick. Secondly, he doesn’t fit their needs, obviously.

Anyway, I just named 14 players still available, all listed as top 100 prospects going into the draft by Mayock. The Packers have the 12th selection Saturday, which means one of these value picks will be available to them. I would be happy with any of them, but my personal vote is for an O lineman.

What direction would you like to see the Packers go with the first pick in the fourth round?

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  • Hawk052

    I think we take the QB position for granted with Ironman Favre and so far “tough guy” Rodgers. Sooner or later we will need someone to step in and step up. This is not to say we should pick one up if they aren’t worth the look. Just a thought.

  • Mark Ingram

    I agree with drafting an offensive lineman. Maybe another d lineman if a quality player is availible. It was a good move to trade down and get more picks.

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