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Green Bay Packers: Safety or bust at 21st overall? Not so fast!


OK, let’s start by saying come draft time at the 21st overall selection, the Green Bay Packers will more than likely be selecting a top tier safety.

The vast majority of mock drafts have either Ha Ha Clinton-Dix or Calvin Pryor there at 21. The latest projections have Pryor’s stock growing while Dix is falling a bit. According to Ted Thompson‘s philosophy it’s always best player available – we all know this. Will one of these safeties be the best player available at 21 assuming one of them is still there?

Given the “outside-of-the-box” type of offseason it’s been, thanks to the Julius Peppers signing, it will be interesting to see if the same follows suit come May 8. Best player available has been Thompson’s motto since he became Green Bay’s GM. But if that truly IS the case, let’s assume for a second that say, oh I don’t know, C.J. Mosely was still there at 21.

Likely scenario?

Maybe. Maybe not.

But assuming he was still there, this would seriously put Thompson’s motto to the test. Is there an absolute glaring need at inside linebacker? Not really, but Mosely would instantly be the best ILB on the roster should he be picked. This would seriously be a tough call.

And let’s not forget Eric Ebron. Sure Andrew Quarless was brought back, and Brandon Bostick just needs to see more playing time, but Ebron is a rarity at tight end, even drawing Rob Gronkowski-like comparisons here and there.

With the addition of Letroy Guion and the re-signing of B.J. Raji, the defensive line isn’t nearly as much of a need as it was before these deals.

Ra’Shede Hageman would certainly have to be falling on Green Bay’s big board simply due to a lack of need more than anything. Regardless of what happens, we in the media can speculate all we want. Let’s be honest, it’s fun to predict, and hope, and dream.

We live for the suspense as to who will be the next player to don the beloved Green and Gold.

So what does the Packers Nation predict? Drafting a safety at #21 overall is almost becoming the default answer.

But what if …?

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  • Paul Sauber

    IMO, TT should keep drafting the best player available… In that case: If C.J. Mosley is available at #21, draft him even though that safety is a bigger need… We could switch Micah Hyde to safety and draft a safety in the second or third round

  • Mike Brand

    the top 3 are staying about the same with mocks either mosley, clinton dix or pryor any of these 3 will be a huge pick for us. i dont see us going offense in the first 5 rounds unless the tight end from iowa is still there with our 2nd pick in the 3rd round

  • NJPackFan

    I don’t see us drafting a safety in the 1st, especially considering that McCarthy said he wants Hyde on the field as much as possible. He only played about 36% of snaps last season and McCarthy does not want this guy standing on the sidelines because he knows Hyde can ball. IMO I think Hyde will have every opportunity to take the starting FS job, with TT
    drafting a FS in the mid-rounds as insurance. There’s usually fear of a guy going from CB to S because they usually aren’t the best tacklers, but Hyde has shown to be a sure tackler, and he has good size and coverage ability. I’m very excited for the 2014 defense.

  • Terry

    Enron trumps them all…if he is there T T will grab this gift for rodgers

  • Ted Thompson

    Hyde will not be the starting Free Safety he’s going to play Woodson’s role of slot corner & safety in certain packages. We won’t draft a Safety in the 1st unless it’s Dix. Pryor is a SS, in the box guy, we need a true FS with deep coverage skills and there are very good ones from 2nd-4th rnds. Mosely could very well be there, he’s dropping on some teams boards due to a knee issue and generally perceived wear & tear playing for Alabama( kinda like Lacy before him). Ebron won’t be there @ 21 & even if he was I personally highly doubt we pull the trigger. We need more speed & talent @ OLB with Clay, Peppers & Perry are elephants and Peppers will only be around for 2 yrs, @ the most I think. Unless the reports of Deon Buchanon being on top of the Packers safety list are false, I don’t see a safety ’till the 3rd or 4th rnd. ILB & OLB FS,TE, WR, 1st 5 picks. Those positions are not only need but value in those rounds.I don’t expect Dix to be there so 1st rnd I see, ILB, OLB, DL. If Hageman or Nix are there we go DL. Shazier from Ohio St. fits the bill & can play in or out, there could also be trade down scenarios for Van Noy or Jimmy Ward. For a full time FS we need speed similar to Nick Collins & Hyde simply does not have it, he’s more valuable as a combo player. Jimmy Ward would be perfect but maybe not @ 21, late 1st or very early 2nd is where he’ll end up being drafted by somebody.

    • Wendo225 .

      Pryor is not a SS, he probably has the best ball-hawking skills and more than enough range to make a true FS. If you don’t believe me look up his highlights, plus your pick Jimmie Ward is an in the box type of guy, not a FS.

    • Nevin Paustian

      The more I look at this draft, the more I want to see them trade out of the 1st for an early 2nd. They need a safety. Odds are dix isn’t going to be there and ward/bucannon would be a reach in the first round, but may not be there by the 21st pick of the 2nd round. I also could see them picking up Tre Boston in the later rounds to add depth to the safety position.