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DRAFT WEEK: Green Bay Packers Mock Draft 1 -Full 7-Rounder

April 22, 2017 by  
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From Brian E Murphy

~The Draft starts in 5 days.

GM/Head Scout Ted Thompson  is busy trying to decide who he wants for his first pick Thursday night at pick #29. Or perhaps he will trade down and out of the first round as he has done before.

If Thompson does make a pick Thursday night, the odds are you can look west for that player, and specifically, the Pac-12.

  • Kenny Clark, UCLA (first round pick last year)
  • Damarious Randall, Arizona State (first round pick in 2015)
  • Datone Jones, UCLA (first round pick in 2013)
  • Nick Perry, USC (first round pick in 2012)
  • Aaron Rodgers, Cal (very first ever pick by TT in 2005)

Don’t forget that Blake Martinez, Trevor Davis, Kyle Murphy, Brett Hundley, Ty Montgomery, Richard Rodgers, David Bakhtiari, and Mason Crosby are all current Packers players who are from schools that are in the Pac-12, each drafted by Thompson.

He also hit with Desmond Bishop from Cal, but his career sadly was stopped too soon due to a devastating hamstring injury.

Those are trends, which eventually change. And the odds are they will this year. But nobody knows.

With that being said, let’s begin our MOCK-a-DAY series this week here, assuming it doesn’t change quite yet. The mock drafts we make after this one will use all fresh players, so that nobody is used more than once. If you see a guy in this one, you won’t see him again.

This is mostly due to Thompson’s picks being so unpredictable, and we’d like to eventually actually hit on a few of the picks.

Also remember this: Every single draft there are a handful of players who slide from supposed-first round picks, into round two, three, even later. Last year, many experts had Baylor DT Andrew Billings as a late first round pick, including many penciling him to the Packers to replace the suddenly-retired BJ Raji.

Vontaze Burfict was mocked by many to be a first or second round pick, but he slid totally out of the draft because of character concerns. There are many other examples from Le’Veon Bell to Eddie Lacy in the same draft. Each was a popular first round pick in many mocks. Each ended up going in round two that draft. So did Christine Michael, who went the pick after Lacy, to Seattle.

Now Lacy is on Seattle, and Michael on the Packers. And they will meet week one in Green Bay.

And remember this: Thompson seems to love to surprise people, from we the fans, to Kiper, McShay, and Mayock. Nobody even had Randall as a cornerback two years ago. He was a safety, and the Packers were set at safety with Hasean Clinton-Dix and Morgan Burnett. Thompson followed that up with basketball player Quinten Rollins in round two.

Everyone thought the Packers needed an inside linebacker, and all the top ones were still available when Thompson turned in the shocker of Randall (Kendricks went to Minnesota, Perriman to San Diego, Anthony to New Orleans).

Thompson also has gone down lower in ‘rankings’. We as fans, if we are picking at say #29, we tend to want to grab the guy that we, or Mel, or Todd has ranked highest who is still available, whether it’s Mel’s #16 ranked player, or McShay’s #21 guy, we want their BPA. That will make our draft “look better”, get a higher “grade” from the fan pundits.

But Teddy doesn’t think like that. He will take his guy regardless. Clark, Datone, Perry, Randall each were ranked lower by 95% of the pundits. So was Justin Harrell. So was Pat Lee. But you were excited by Brian Brohm being picked in round two.

MOCK-a-DAY ONE

1 – Traded down for a high #2 and a high #4 and a high #7

2/via tradeChidobe Awuzie, CB, Colorado (Pac-12)
5-11 7/8, 202 lbs.

2 – Derek Rivers, OLB, Youngstown State
6-3 5/8, 248 lbs.

3 – D’Onta Foreman, RB, Texas
6-0, 233 lbs

4/via trade – Cordrea Tankersly, CB, Clemson
6-1 1/4, 199 lbs.

To me, this would be a huge steal. ESPN Insider/Scouts has Tankersley rated as their #138-ranked player in this draft.

4 – Dede Westbrook, WR, Oklahoma
5-11 7/8, 183 lbs.

5 – Jordan Morgan, G, Kutztown
6-2 5/8, 309 lbs.

5 comp- Treyvon Hester, DT, Toledo
6-2 3/8, 300 lbs.

6 – Marcus Eligwe, ILB, Georgia Southern
6-1 5/8, 234 lbs.

7/via trade – Corey Levin, G, Chattanooga
6-3 7/8, 307 lbs.

7 – Ricky Seals-Jones, TE, Texas A&M
6-4 5/8, 243 lbs.

Reaction:

First of all, many Packer fans are hoping this is the year Thompson trades up from #29, maybe finds one difference-maker higher in the draft that can take this defense up a notch from bad to average, or better.

Teddy doesn’t work like that.

First of all, what position do you think he can add one youngster at who will take the defense up a notch? A relentless fast edge-rusher? The starting two already are there in 2012 first-rounder Nick Perry and 2009 first rounder Clay Matthews. Some fans are down on Matthews. They shouldn’t be. When healthy, and he’s due for a healthier-than-normal season, he’s a difference-maker.

How about at cornerback? Well perhaps, but even the highest-rated cornerbacks in this draft class are no sure-things. Marshon Lattimore is no sure lockdown corner. Remember, Richard Sherman was taken in the bottom half of his draft, right after Thompson took Davon House.

Sam Shields wasn’t drafted. Casey Hayward was not a first round pick. Tramon Williams wasn’t drafted. But Damarious Randall was a first-rounder.

I don’t want Thompson trading up and putting all the eggs in one basket of any cornerback in this draft.

There will be talented ones available in rounds two and later.