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.
Jersey Al Bracco is the founder and editor of AllGreenBayPackers.com, and the co-founder of Packers Talk Radio Network. He can be heard as one of the Co-Hosts on Cheesehead Radio and is the Green Bay Packers Draft Analyst for Drafttek.com.