Michigan State Spartans cornerback Darqueze Dennard (31). Could the Packers target him at #21 in the NFL Draft? Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports photograph

Green Bay Packers: Today's NFL Draft Big 3


 

 

When mentioning the Green Bay Packers and their potential first round pick of the 2014 NFL Draft, one can see a much clearer picture now that free agen

t signings have slowed to a trickle.

However, as much as things have changed, the more they have stayed the same. With the Packers, their biggest needs really haven’t changed. They still need a safety, an inside linebacker and could use some depth at cornerback, offensive line and even wide receiver.

You see, I’m sick and tired of reading time and again the names of Ha Ha Clinton Dix, Louis Nix III, Calvin Pryor, Eric Ebron and Ra’Shede Hageman as the prospects who have been mentioned as most likely to end up as among the Packers first round draft choices.

There are other players who could rise to the top of Ted Thompson’s board. In fact, the players mentioned above could all well be off the board by the time the Packers get their pick at number 21. And while the Packers desperately need a safety, do they wait until the second round to make that selection? Or do they go after a guy like Pryor or Clinton-Dix if he’s available. He’s certainly a safe pick, but would he fit with the Packers?

So now that free agency is slowing to a crawl, it’s time to turn once again to the draft.

As in the past, to pull together my “Big 3,” I tool around the Internet looking for mock drafts that have three different prospects projected to be picked by the Packers. I try to find three players not mentioned by others.

Today, we selected the mocks as presented by Bleacher Report, CBSsports.com, and FanSided’s own nflspinzone.com.

Take a look at who we have today … start the discussion and let us know what you think about these … leave a comment below, Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

 

Bleacher Report

Michigan State Spartans cornerback Darqueze Dennard.
Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports photograph

With their first pick of the 2014 NFL Draft, the Green Bay Packers select Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State

Here’s what author , Featured Columnist, had to say about this pick:

The Packers have bigger needs at other positions, but they were surprised a player like Dennard would fall into their lap this late. Sometimes you have to go with the best guy on your board. Besides, in a passing league, can you really ever have a surplus of top-quality cover guys? Perhaps a surplus in this area will make up for the deficit at the safety position.

The recent acquisition of Julius Peppers and the re-signing of B.J. Raji does take some pressure off the defensive front. Inside linebacker is an area of focus, but the matching talent is not available here if the draft plays out in this way. I doubt the Packers would pass up on C.J. Mosley or Eric Ebron if either should be available at 21.

Lombardiave: I’ve read that Dennard has a lot of work to do to play at the next level. For me, he’s a reach here at #21 overall, especially given the fact that the Packers already are pretty well stocked at CB. If they were to go with a cornerback, they would be more inclined to try to get a guy like Justin Gilbert.

Film on Darqueze Dennard

 

 

CBSsports.com

North Carolina Tar Heels tight end Eric Ebron
Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports photograph

With their first pick of the 2014 NFL Draft, the Green Bay Packers select Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina

Here is what Pete Pricsco, the author, had to say about this selection:

Yes, he has to work out better. But there is a ton of talent.

Lombardiave: Yes, you can scratch Jermichael Finley off the roster, but the Packers did go out and re-sign Andrew Quarless. Will they go after a top name like Ebron? He would be difficult to pass up if he’s still on the board. He has a huge upside and we know how important the tight end position is in Mike McCarthy’s offense. If Ebron is still on the board at 21, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Ted Thompson select him.

Film on Eric Ebron

 

 

Nflspinzone.com

Southern California Trojans center Marcus Martin (66).
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports photograph

With their first pick of the 2014 NFL Draft, the Green Bay Packers select Marcus Martin, Center, University of Southern California

Here is what author had to say about his selection:

Basically this pick fills the Packers need for a quality Center. Martin helped USC to a winning season this season considering the school’s recent fallout over NCAA sanctions.

Lombardiave: Yes, wit the loss of Evan Dietrich-Smith, the Packers have said that second-year lineman J.C. Tretter is at the top of the list to take over. Because he missed all of last season, Tretter is basically a rookie. However, I don’t see Ted Thompson using his first round selection to pick a center. There are too many other options to fill that position and too many other needs on this team. Drafting a center isn’t going to happen here … maybe in the middle rounds.

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  • brycer84

    I agree, there’s no way the packers draft a C in round one.

  • Terry

    A good center can be had in the 4th or 5th round

  • rodgers rules

    I agree. No way in the world TT takes a center in the first round. Anybody can be a decent center. Wells and EDS proved that.

  • JaKa

    I’d find it hard to believe Thompson would waste a 1st rounder on a DT after the work he’s done resigning BJR and Peppers. I think if the opportunity was there yet in #3 or 4 he’s going to take a 1st ro 2nd rounder who slipped back that far, but he needs Linebackers, defensive backfield help and a big protection problem on the O-line last year sow #12 on his backside more than any other team in the league. Straight up the middle they came in droves. I feel like Shakespeare or something.

    How do you think Rodgers feels sitting home watching CBS sports today, hearing all the jive? This one wants D-backs, that one wants Linebackers, the other one wants yet another wide-out, and (get that pipe away from him) that one wants a fullback and a new front office. To get this machine running you have to put a little grease on the tight spots. Things must move in the same direction. Rodgers would feel real good about things if they picked up a new line altogether. Right now, with no mention of a center, tackle or guards he’s thingking, ” Wow man? 36-million are in store for me, and the way I’m feeling, with the speed they are flying in with helments to the chin, chest and family jewels, I don’t think I will live long enough to finish the contrast. They are going to kill me. Ted’s not buying me any protection, all pass rushers and 4th string walk-ons but none of them are more than 5′!0″ and 245lbs., so how can they block anyone 8 inches taller and 80 pounds heavier? No wonder I can’t get off a pass… they don’t want to bring in the good guys who block all day long,and nobody gets past them. Maybe more insurance would help? Rodgers said, in fear.
    It seems like they are all defensive players,, and not a guard in town? Yes, TT and MM sat down to discuss the still near the top offense and down at the bottom defense, who thanks to the smarts Capers can do, still were respectable in points given up. That is the best you can do with this defense. So, TT brings in all defensive players, for as least he can get them. No big name deals, but then again, Reggie came in at a deal for the team, considering what he was worth to the team in the end. A ring, with two late game sacks putting things in the bag for Green Bay.
    You pessamists just wait until the draft picks come in, you will see a multitude of offensive players and maybe even a first round d-back or linebacker? Who knows what TT has in his bag of logic that brings in better than average players, thats all I can say. Year after year, Teddy Boy does it. Maybe the last draft and this years defensive rush is his way of saying, hey, I didn’t do as good of a job as I hoped it would have turned out. Since I didn’t, I’m going to do so now, and things will improve with the talent I will find for this team, who will dominate, bringing home wins. That is all we care about, winning.

    • Peter Maiz

      Rodgers needs protection, that’s for sure. I think McCarthy is really nervous about the team he’ll field in 2014.

  • Peter Maiz

    We’ll expect draft picks where they’re needed first. But in the ultimate analysis, it’s a wash. We’ll bring in good draft picks, and so will the other guys. Training and development per each organization is as important as who they draft. Ultimately, it’s been Rodgers that keeps the Packers in contention but the new running game sure is key too.