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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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  • Nevin Paustian

    If Clinton-Dix and Mosely aren’t there by pick 21, then I would rather just see them trade out of the first round for more picks. Pryor doesn’t fit their scheme. Ebron would be good but with how deep the TE position is in the draft, burning a first round pick on a TE seems like a waste. With talk that this could be one of the deepest drafts in history and TT recent success with 2nd, 3rd, and 4th round picks, the idea of more picks seems very valuable.

    • RayRivard

      Nevin, I agree with you on the trade option and wouldn’t be surprised if TT doest just that.

    • Lukeskywalker88

      I feel like TE depth isn’t that great. You have Ebron, Amaro, and Seferian-Jenkins. Everyone else is a role player or long-term project, not a playmaker or difference maker.

      • Nevin Paustian

        The offense functions fine without finley. They would be better off using picks to improve the defense. CJ Fiedorowicz would be a serviceable option at TE. Big TE with good hands that would be a great red zone target. He is also possibly the best blocking TE in the draft which would help the running game.

        • Lukeskywalker88

          If Fiedorowicz is merely serviceable, then I don’t see any reason to pick him. Quarless is our “serviceable” TE, in my opinion. Obviously, he’s a better than that, but when it comes to a reliable blocking TE, Quarless is our guy.

  • http://twitter.com/kumerle Kenneth Kumerle

    Kelvin Benjamin, Jace Amaro or Evans!

    • green_hornist

      No. The pack MUST have a top safety. Failing that, a monster MLB like Mosely will do. A good scenario would be Clinton Dix or Pryor in Round 1, Borland in Round two. There area also a coule of other MLBs as good as Borland. I like Stanford’s Shane Skov.

      • Lukeskywalker88

        They don’t need to reach for one of the top 2 safeties.

    • Lukeskywalker88

      I’d be okay if they didn’t take a safety. Kelvin Benjamin is a monster, but he’s a project. Mike Evans, along with Clinton-Dix and Pryor, will most likely be gone by Pick 21. They should probably trade back for Amaro. He’s not so valuable that I’d spend the 21st pick on him. I want Ebron or Nix III. Hageman is the choice for either a gambling man or a man (or woman, for that matter) more educated than I.

      • Lukeskywalker88

        Ebron will probably be gone, too.

  • green_hornist

    The draft will be a bust for the Packers unless they secure Clinton-Dix, Pryor, or Mosely. Although there is a very good chance that at least one of these players will be available at the 21st pick, the Pack should have a contingency plan ready for trading up before all three of these players is gone.