It is April Fools’ Day 2012. And it seems to me to be just about the perfect time to be the perfect fool and attempt to predict the entire PACKERS Draft 2012. I might update this just before the actual Draft … then again maybe not. So pay attention, it may be your one and only chance to Mock me in my attempt to predict what TED THOMPSON might do.
Just a few explanations of how I do this. No, these are not excuses, just my own ground rules. The key is using my Regardless of Position prospect rankings list. I take each PACKERS Pick number and look at my list starting 3 ranked players before the actual Pick number. Anything from that number and beyond is fair game. For instance in Round One, where they pick at 28 I look for a player that might fit their needs, type of player profile and guys who “fit their scheme.” Then I make a Pick, i.e. guess, from players I have ranked 25 and on.
I try to take into account past history, like the fact that about half their selections will have played in the Senior Bowl each year. If I do the Mock and then go back to see only two players from the Mobile then I might as well start over. My first look is at relative talent and fit for schemes (like a NT not a DT) they currently employ. I do look at perceived roster needs within reason, and some variety of positions. In 12 Picks TED is not going to draft 4 OL, even though he loves those big uglies. I also look at players physical measurements. WHITEY will stray from the norm occasionally, but he’s not picking very many 5’9” CBs, or receivers with 8” hand spreads and/or 29”long arms. It’s also very likely that with double digit Picks in his quiver he is going to find a new QB for MIKE McCARTHY to work with, especially in a year like this when his back-up (FLYNN) left town as a Free Agent.
You catch my drift, so let’s get on with it so you can have a good laugh or two to start off the month of April.
2012 Packers Mock Draft
R1P28 NICK PERRY/DE/OLB/USC/6’3/271 He’s a great athlete, who has really developed as a pass rusher. His up/down versatility will please DOM CAPERS. CLAY MATTHEWS might like this one as well. Pressure on the passer is his calling card.
R2P59 JAMELL FLEMING/CB/OKLAHOMA/5’11/206 If you haven’t heard of him your not a true Draftnik. Very good cover corner, who will tackle. His size/speed combo is exactly what THOMPSON likes in a Corner.
R3P90 JAMES BROWN/G/T/TROY/6’4/306 Played LT for Troy but may need to move inside. Long term may have versatility to compete at an OT slot, which is the kind of versatility NFL teams covet these days. Could start at OG some day.
R4P123 SHEA McCLELLIN/OLB/BOISE STATE/6’3/260 Primarily a DE in college, but began the transition to standing up in Mobile. Natural athlete with good size, including length. A more talented ZOMBO prospect with good upside.
R4P132 MARKELLE MARTIN/S/6’1/207 Does some of his best work in-the-box, but is not lost in coverage. Has enough athleticism to play the deep field in the NFL. Should help on Special Teams as well.
R4P133 PHILLIP BLAKE/C/G/BAYLOR/6’2/315 BLAKE is overaged (25), but really impressed in Mobile and at the COMBINE. He’s very strong and has decent movement in a limited area. He could be ready to challenge SATURDAY within a year, as well as back-up 3 slots inside. He also has a feisty temperament like former teammate DANNY WATKINS.
R5P163 THOMAS MAYO/WR/CAL/PA/6’1/207 Just the kind of receiving prospect the team loves to develop. He is a solid athlete from a small school who showed plenty at SHRINE week this January. Good hands, nice body control & decent speed.
R6P197 TAYLOR THOMPSON/DE/TE/SMU/6’6/287 This is TED’s “whose he” pick for 2012. THOMPSON is an excellent athlete who lots of scouts are eyeballing as a TE convert after playing D at SMU. Could see time at both slots with PACK.
R7P224 RYAN LINDLEY/QB/SAN DIEGO STATE/6’4/229 A big guy, with an NFL arm who plays smart, most of the time. No doubt he’s a project with some accuracy issues, but he might have enough going for him that McCARTHY can develop him. Remember it’s now Round 7 folks.
R7P235 OMAR BOLDEN/CB/ARIZONA STATE/5’10/202 If he had been healthy as a senior he’d have been gone 2-3 Rounds earlier. Worth the dice roll here in Round 7 because he’s a solid kid and plays tough and smart. A little short, but has the weight and is not afraid to hit. Could be nice Special Teams addition.
R7P241 DONALD STEPHENSON/OT/OKLAHOMA/6’6/312 A very good athlete who didn’t live up to his numbers or rep while playing for the Sooners. He ran the fastest 40-time (4.94) of any OT at the COMBINE, even faster than KALIL. His numbers make him worth a late pick and a challenge to develop for the coaching staff.
R7P243 ALFRED MORRIS/RB/FLORIDA ATLANTIC/5’10/219 A tough runner who has played FB and RB in college. He ran hard and looked good in pass pro during Shrine Week. My guess is he has back-up potential, as well as a Special Teams attitude.
There you go folks. Just a bunch of guesses with a few wrinkles that I think WHITEY brings to his Draft Room every year. But no… I don’t base this on any inside info. Just my scouting and my feelings about how recent Drafts have been conducted in Green Bay. I think I got one player right last year, but I’m not sure about that.
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