Green Bay Packers Draft: March 9 Big 3


Here’s our look at what others are saying will be the Green Bay Packers first round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. Each day, we comb in the Internet for three separate mock drafts that provide three different picks for the Packers.

With each passing day, it gets more difficult to find the mocksters that take a different look at who might be the best pick for the Packers. But we’re still finding them … today, we take a look at three mocksters who have posted their updated mocks to the These are some interesting picks – really good picks, actually. Whether they will be available when the Packers are on the clock for the 26th selection will be interesting.

But in the meantime, here are our previous “Big 3” posts where we’ve compiled all the selections we’ve looked at. Check ’em out. They are quite diverse and interesting.

Here is the March 7 Big 3 

Here is the March 5 Big 3

Here is the March 4 Big 3

Here is the March 3 Big 3

Here is the March 2 Big 3

Here is the March 1 Big 3

Here is the Feb. 28 Big 3

Here is the Feb. 27 Big 3

Now that you’re done check out the past Big 3 selections, now move on to today’s picks. Tell us what you think by leaving a comment below, Liking us on our Facebook page (it’s a good one), or following us on Twitter.

bjohans posted on NFL Draft Geek projects the Packers to pick …

Eric Reid

Eric Reid, Safety, LSU

Here’s what they say about Reid on bleacher report:

"A big, athletic, intimidating force in the middle of LSU’s defense, Eric Reid has the ability to step onto an NFL field and become an immediate contributor. His length makes him a bit choppy changing directions and he lacks great ball skills, but overall he has everything NFL teams look for in potential center-fielder safety prospects, including great range and explosiveness getting to the football."

Lombardiave: Many expect Reid to be available in the second round of this draft because of the large number of offensive and defensive linemen, linebackers, tight ends and wide receivers that are expected to dominate the first round. However, if there’s one player who might slip into the later first round, it could be Reid. He’s the type of player that Ted Thompson likes in the defensive backfield and could emulate the play of Nick Collins, who was another big, rangy type of player who did a great job of playing center field for several years before being injured and having to leave the game. While the Packers have several holes on their offensive and defensive lines, if Reid is available at 26, it wouldn’t be a bad pick. The Packers have been searching for the player to replace Collins and they aren’t totally pleased with Morgan Burnett. Reid would provide some solid competition.

Here’s a video of Reid …


Austin79 on NFL DraftGeek projects the Packers to pick …

Ziggy Ansah

Ziggy Ansah, defensive end, Brigham Young University

Here: some strengths and weaknesses as posted on

"STRENGTHS – Combination of size, length, and foot speed is nearly unparalleled. Delivers solid first contact that jolts opponent back. Continues to press and locate ball carriers in the backfield. Consistently sheds at the line of scrimmage, envelopes his target with a strong grasp and outstanding closing burst. Flashes the complete package, specifically when rushing from the edge on passing downs.WEAKNESSES – Has admitted to a lack of stamina. Fatigue is noticeable after a few plays of rushing the passer. In those circumstances, does not chase the play down from the backside, instead staying at the line of scrimmage to knock down the pass. Technique is not always there, specifically on the edge against the run. Frequently gives up the wrong arm or shoulder to blockers, takes himself out of the play."

Lombardiave: In the past week or so, this guy has been moving up the charts on many people’s draft boards and has been projected as high as a top 5 selection, so it’s highly unlikely Ansah will be anywhere available at 26 when the Packers are on the clock. The only way Green Bay would have a shot at drafting this guy is if they traded up … and I mean WAY up. I don’t see that happening at all, so we might as well put the thought of Ansah in Green and Gold away at this point. Intriguing selection though …

Here’s a video of Ansah …

tliles on NFL DraftGeek projects the Packers to pick …

Kenny Vaccaro, Safety, University of Texas

Here are some strengths and weaknesses offered by

"Strengths: Prototypical size and build for the position. Possesses a high-cut frame with good overall musculature. Shows very good straight-line speed, agility, balance and hip flexibility. Athleticism for coverage duties are enhanced by Vaccaro’s vision and instincts. Quickly locates the ball and shows an understanding of route-progression, rarely getting caught out of position.Weaknesses: Can get out of control in his aggression toward the line of scrimmage. Will duck his head in his attempt to make the big hit and leave cut-back lanes for patient, explosive runners to take full advantage. Must do a better job of wrapping up, rather than leading with his shoulder."

Lombardiave: Here is the top rated safety who is expected to go first round, but many feel he could be a mid- to later-round selection. Does that mean the Packers might take the opportunity to trade up for him? I don’t think so. Yes, the Packers need help up the defensive middle (line, linebacker, and safety), but I think they will be more inclined to go after a lineman than a safety in the first round. Ted Thompson always seems to find mid-rounders who are productive players within the Packers system, so I don’t think they have to spend a first round selection on a safety. Green Bay will most likely go offensive or defensive line with their first-rounder … don’t you think?

Here is a video of Vaccaro …