2012 Packers Mock Draft – My One and Only

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As the Packers draft analyst for DraftTek.com, I’ve done at least 20 mock drafts over the last 6 months. They’re not entirely mine, however, as the actual picks are made by computer. I get to input needs information, and can try to “grab” certain players or “lockout” players from contention.

Analysts for the other 31 teams all do the same thing. What results is the closest thing to a real draft simulation (they don’t call it a mock) I’ve seen anywhere. It ‘s quite unique and if you are not familiar with it, you really should check them out.

What’s even cooler is that on draft day, the “simulation” is updated within minutes of when each pick is selected. So, as the Packers are up at #28, it will re-run the simulation, eliminating the 27 other players already picked from contention for the Packers pick. Isn’t that rather amazing?

Well anyway, on to my personal mock draft, totaly devoid of any sense of reality and pure guesswork at it’s best:

2012 Packers Mock Draft

Round 1 (#28):  Shea McClellin, OLB Boise State – I’ve finally come around to the inevitable. If McClellin is there, the Packers will take him. I say I’ve come around because I’m not still not convinced McClellin is a first round player, but I so want OLB help that I’ll gladly take McClellin here. Problem is New England wants him also, and guess where they pick – just before the Packers. Alternates: Kevin Zeitler, Lavonte David

Round 2 (#59) Casey Hayward,  CB/S Vanderbilt – the answer to the Packers’ woeful secondary tackling, Hayward actually led his team in TFL as a cornerback! He’s a ball hawk, has excellent field vision and is also a prime candidate for a shift to safety. Alternates: Jamell Fleming, Brandon Thompson.

Round 3 ( #90) Derek Wolfe, DE Cincinnati – Powerful, cat-quick and the prototype size for a 3-4DE, Wolfe would be a fantastic addition to the Packers defensive line rotation. Alternates: Jared Crick, Ben Jones

Round 4 (#123) Nate Potter, OT Boise State – The best left tackle prospect you’ll find this far down in the draft. With a year or two to add some bulk, Potter could be competing for a starting job. Alternates: Matt McCants, Philip Blake

Round 4 (#132) Robert Turbin, RB Utah State – Powerful runner that can push the pile and has surprising burst when he hits the hole. Has good hands and is a willing and effective pass-blocker. Think Brandon Jackson with better running skills. Alternates: Bernard Pierce, Terrance Ganaway.

Round 4 (#133) Akiem Hicks, DE Regina – With the perfect physical attributes for a 3-4DE, 6’5″, 318, 84″ wingspan, Hicks also has the quickness defensive line coaches drool over. Can he handle the huge jump in competition? Alternates: Josh Chapman, B.J. Coleman.

Round 5 (#163) Quinton Saulsberry, C Mississippi State – Their center of the future, but in the meantime, he can help out wherever needed, as he played four different OL positions in college. Alternates: Mike Brewster, Terrell Manning.

Round 6 (#197) Winston Guy, SS Kentucky – Guy does nothing great, but does everything well. A good all-around player that will hit you and make it hurt. Alternates: James-Michael Johnson, Robert Blanton.

Round 7 (#224) Austin Davis, QB So. Mississippi – Holds all the current passing records at SoMiss, having broken every record of some QB you may know – Brett Favre. Alternates: Ryan Lindley, Kellen Moore.

Round 7 (#235) Chris Greenwood, CB Albion – Has the size (6’1″) and smarts the Packers like, along with impressive athletic ability. Huge jump from DivIII, but he’s a good guy to take a chance on. Alternates: Shaun Prater, Michael Pellerin.

Round 7 (#241) Damon Harrison, DT William Penn – What better thing to do here than bring in a 340 pound immovable force to provide DL depth at NT? Alternates: Chigbo Anunoby, Ishmaa’ily Kitchen.

Round 7 (#243) Demario Davis, LB Arkansas St. – I had to force myself not to pick a receiver or a tight end here (sorry Ted), so I’ll have to go back to defense and look for more linebacker depth. Alternates: Jerry Franklin, Najee Goode.

 

 

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  • Bearmeat

    If TT picks Zeitler in round 1 I might just put my fist through a wall.

    It’d better be in the front 7 on D Ted. It had better be….

    • Pete Kliman

      Home Depot is having a special on hole patch,2 for the price of one. I’m buying a dozen.

    • PackersRS

      I might just do a video and post it on youtube if this happens.

      • ThomasMagnumPI

        Ah, the Harrel video, no doubt? Good view.

  • JimR_in_DC

    Most are projecting the Packers going for McClellin with pick #28. My gut tells me TT will not draft McClellin. I am expecting the Packers move, either up or down, from pick #28. Al, I’ll wager a drink the next time I see you ;), that TT moves up.

  • http://cheeseheadtv.com Brian Carriveau

    I love almost all these guys, Al. LOVE them. I’d be ecstatic if the Packers draft fell this way. Unfortunately I think most of these guys will go higher than predicted. We’ll see!

    • http://allgbp.com Jersey Al

      I’ve snagged the RARE Carriveau comment! It’s like the American idol Contestants snagging a standing O from the judges! woohoo!

  • Ron LC

    Al, definetely could live with that draft prediction. My preference is for GB to move up in Round 1 and try for Perry. Lions are interested in Perry at 23 and TT would have to move up at least 7 spots to be safe. I’m giving myself about a 10% chance of that happening. In order to make it atractive they’d have to throw in a player from the existing roster. Probably one of the WR’s.

    If you turn out to be Nostrodomus, I’d still be happy. The key needs were addressed and there are 2 or 3 guys that could jump in an make some differences right away.

  • Mojo

    According to the CHTV draft guide Pigskin Paul has McClellan ranked as the 92nd best player in the draft. If Ted sees what Paul sees, and sticks with the BPA philosophy (even BPA on defense only) he won’t go near McClellan in the first.

    • http://allgbp.com Jersey Al

      I din’t have him rated so highly initially (see the draft guide), but the more video I watched and studied, he really grew on me. Still think he’s an early second-rounder, but NFL Scouting has him rated as the #3 3-4OLB prospect, so it’s not a reach.

      • BubbaOne

        Overall, very good draft Al.
        McClellin’s been moved around alot; DE, ILB, OLB and he’s still been productive. I think concentrating on OLB under KG’s tutelage and weight training (225, 19 reps) and he’ll be very good. I hope the concussion Q has been put to rest.
        I worry about Turbin’s health and would rather take Pierce or Cyrus Gray.

    • ThomasMagnumPI

      Mayock has McClellin as the #1 OLB draft prospect, ahead of Ingram. I hope he’s accurate if TT pulls the trigger on him!

      • Adam Czech

        No way McClellin is the 92nd best player in the draft.

  • BubbaOne

    My mock is much simpler:
    28) HOF’er, 8 time Pro Bowler, 3 time MVP, SB L & LI MVP

    59) 3 time All Pro, 6 time Pro Bowler, 2015 & 2016 DPOY

    90) 5 time Pro Bowler, 2 time All Pro, SB XLIX MVP

    123, 132, 133, 163, 197, 235, 241, 243) 16 time Pro Bowlers

    224) 4 time Pro Bowler, 3 time ST’er of the year

    • JimR_in_DC

      I think you nailed it, Bubba. :)

  • Pete Kliman

    Mercilus,McClellin,Perry all have question marks ,but would be happy with any one of them.I hope we can get Wolfe in the third. I,m hoping for Brewster and Polk in the 4th .Hayward at safety,great idea.

    • http://allgbp.com Jersey Al

      Pete, The NFL scouting guy I talk with likes Mercilius and Perry much more as 4-3DEs. Between these 3, he would take McClellin in a heartbeat for a 3-4OLB.

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      Yeah, what he said.

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