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.
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.
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 …?