Today's Big 3 - First round potential picks by the Green Bay Packers

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Northern Illinois Huskies safety Jimmie Ward
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With their first pick of the 2014 NFL Draft, the Green Bay Packers select Jimmie Ward, FS, Northern Illinois.

Here is the site’s explanation:

Calvin Pryor is rated higher than Jimmie Ward, but I think Ward is the better fit for the Green Bay Packers. With Nix and Mosley off the board, the Packers should take a close look at the safety position, with an especially close look at Ward. I think he’s an underrated prospect, and I don’t think the first round is too early for a player of his caliber. He has the speed and instincts to cover deep, and he also has the physicality to cover shorter routes and slot receivers. The Packers need a coverage safety at FS more than a playmaking safety like Pryor, who seems to be a better fit at SS.

Lombardiave: Like everyone else on the planet, it’s clear the Packers need safety help in the worst way. I’m just not sold that Ted Thompson will go after it in the first round. Won’t Ward be available in the second round? Maybe. Maybe not. But there are other players who might be on the board that should rank higher. We might see a C.J. Mosely still there, or an Aaron Donald, or a Kyle Van Noy or even Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.


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