Packers Mock Draft v6.0
4/1/2010 ~ Brian Murphy ~
I’ve given up, for now, on Ted Thompson bringing any free agents in, so let’s get right to the draft.
Chargers really want Fresno RB Ryan Mathews, so they trade their 1st (#28) and their 2nd rounder (#40) to GB for #23. Trade value chart is close enough this could be a deal. Packers may have to kick back a late round pick, or a guy who will be cut anyway.
He’s 15 pounds heavier than Matthews was at this point in time last year, and his 20-splits, shuttles, and 3-cone times were actually faster overall than the quick Clay. A perfect compliment to Matthews and would give the Packers the best two OLBs in football, above the Steelers. Yes I said it.
Good athlete, smart football player. Could play both safety positions, and is a much better cover guy than big hit Bigby, who in addition to missing coverage, also misses a lot of time with nagging injuries. Provides great depth even when Atari is there.
A classic Ted Thompson pick, who is groomed to take over for Clifton.
Another classic Thompson pick, he’s going to eventually battle Breno for that future RT position. A great run blocker.
Stock seemingly has slipped in the off-season, but on the football field, he’s a good player. I see more ability in him than former picks Pat Lee and Brandon Underwood. And he’s stronger.
Would instantly, I mean right away, jump-start the Packers return game in the important special teams department. This team’s special teams has been horrible for a long time, with the one-year exception in 2007. Holliday is Dante Hall, with more speed and even shorter, which is harder to find and get a big lick on.
Forgotten man out of The U, because that team is not in the limelight as they used to be. But little Edge has talent to be a good NFL 3rd down back at the least. He would give the Packers 3 capable backs.
Meet your new punter, another left-footer. A big guy so he could make tackles when the special teams coverage breaks down, which seems to happen too often.
Nice late-round project at QB, a la Matt Flynn a few years ago. Throws a nice ball, is findamentally strong. Has a chance to be a career NFL backup, and who knows, could do well when given the chance down the road.