Previous picks: DT Vernon Butler, TE Austin Hooper, ILB Beniquez Brown
OLB Joe Schobert, Wisconsin
If the Green Bay Packers can land Wisconsin walk-on defensive end/outside linebacker in the fourth round, it will be a huge coup.
Schobert was among the nation’s leaders in sacks with 9.5 last season, as well as tackles for loss at 19.5. Schobert is the energy the Packers need on their defense. He has the strength and the never-ending motor to give Green Bay the type of player who could step in and help this defense that seems to get better with each passing season.
Schobert could be the type of player who makes his way onto the roster with his special teams … Ted Thompson loves those linebackers who can destroy returners.
If he gets picked by the Packers and makes the team, he’s the type of player who could play his way into the lineup. So many of the experts see Schobert as a guy who seems to find the football and make plays.
In my mind, Schobert would be an excellent fit in Green Bay — a player who could come to epitomize the Packers way … and coming to the team in the middle rounds would even be a better story.
I would love to see this guy in green and gold. He could be one of those guys we’re talking about three years from now as one of Ted Thompson’s best picks.
S K.J. Dillon, West Virginia
Morgan Burnett isn’t a pup anymore, so the time is right to bring in a safety who might have the skills to step into the position in the event of injury.
Adding to the safety depth is also important at this point as we don’t know the status of Sean Richardson.
Dillon is a solid prospect who had a great showing at the combine and the Senior Bowl. Could be a great special-teamer to boot.
RB Josh Ferguson, Illinois
Ferguson may be one of the sleepers coming out of this draft and a great pickup for the Packers in the fourth round.
Why a running back for Green Bay?
Because James Starks is playing on what will turn out to be a one-year contract, Eddie Lacy is in his contract year, and we don’t know what John Crockett could eventually offer, nor do we know if John Kuhn will be re-signed.
Ferguson could be the perfect complement and addition. He’s got speed to burn and a great elusiveness to him. He’s tough, durable and showed he could also catch the ball out of the backfield as he had 38 catches for 280 yards and two TDs as a senior at Illinois.
Again, if he didn’t crack the lineup he would also be a great special-teamer.
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