Green Bay Packers Draft: March 17 Big 3


Could Southern California Trojans receiver Robert Woods fill the void left by Greg Jennings?

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Again, we’ve had a chance to pore over the most recent draft projections being thrown out there by the mocksters out there in cyberworld for the Green Bay Packers. This Football-less Sunday afternoon is a great time to get back on track with another of our “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. Again, we have combed the Internet for three separate mock drafts that provide three different picks for the Packers – our “Big 3.”

With Free Agency rolling and most of the big deals out of the way it’s time to refocus on the NFL draft, and most specifically what mocksters are saying about the Packers.

Today, we take a look at three mocksters from, The Z Report, and Optimum Scouting. While there are a couple of their picks that we’ve talked about before, these are still some interesting selections that should excite Packers fans.

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 16 Big 3

Here is the March 9 Big 3

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, 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.

Eric Galko, writing for Optimum, projects the Packers select …

Jonathan Cyprien

Jonathan Cyprien, S, Florida International

"Safety help is a must for the Packers, who have already done a solid job in building the cornerback position in recent drafts. Cyprien is a ballhawk who comes downhill in a hurry and can make an instant impact in pass coverage."

Lombardiave: Here is another hard hitting safety from the Miami area. Cyprien plays downfield and has great range, but may not have the size (6-0, 217 pounds) that Ted Thompson would like to see in his safeties. Though he isn’t well known across the nation, Cyprien could be a sleeper, but I’m not sure he’s a first-rounder. He might be one of those safeties who might be available as a second or even third-rounder, depending on how the draft plays out.

Here’s a video of Cyprien …

Mike Tanier

Mike Tanier of The Love and Hate Mock Draft projects that the Packers will select …

Robert Woods

Robert Woods, wide receiver, USC

Love the Pick: Woods steps into Greg Jennings’ role as the inside possession receiver, allowing Jordy Nelson and James Jones to keep working the boundaries, Randall Cobb to keep working the slot and the Packers to get through another season pretending that street free agents and worn-down has-beens are not killing them at running back.

Hate the Pick: Re-read that final phrase. With the recent developments and the defection of Greg Jennings to the Vikings, one wonders if Ted Thompson considers picking up a quality wide receiver with his first pick at number 26. Robert Woods is an intriguing prospect at 6-0, 201 pounds, but probably not as a first-rounder. If Thompson was real serious about filling Jennings’ void, he might consider trading up, but I just don’t see that because of the minimum number of picks he has in this year’s draft. I see Woods as a second-rounder. He’s an NFL project at wide receiver and not an immediate starter. One of the factors that NFL teams will covet will be his punt and kick return abilities. That may be enough to sway some team to select him in the first round, but not the Packers.

Here’s a video of Woods …


Lance Zierlein of the Z Report projects the Packers will select …

Desmond Trufant

Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington

Zierlein does not give a descriptor for his selection of Trufant.

Lombardiave: With two brothers, Marcus and Isaiah, already playing in the NFL, Desmond Trufant is cut from the same cloth with decent size for a cornerback, 6-0, 190 pounds, and outstanding speed, 4.38 in the 40 at the Combine. I like this pick, not only because a team cannot have too many quality cornerbacks, but because it’s important the Packers restock their supply with the loss of Charles Woodson and the seemingly downward spiral that we’ve seen from Tramon Williams. Trufant is an excellent possibility – In his last college season, he had one interception, broke up 8 passes, forced a fumble, and blocked a kick. Again, the question is whether he is valued as a first round selection. Only Ted Thompson can answer that question. I don’t think he makes the cut on the first day, but could definitely be available in the second or third round.

Here’s video of Trufant …