The Packers used their first round selection to acquire Ha’sean Clinton Dix, a safety from Alabama (Jason must be cheering). Â By all accounts it was a very solid and logical pick; the Packers have sorely been missing a safety great range after losing Nick Collins to a career ending injury. Â But what players are left for the Packers to select in rounds 2 and 3 tomorrow?
USC WR Marqise Lee: Considered a middle to late 1st round pick, Lee was also rumored to not get past the Packers in the first round at 21. Â Obviously things have changed but Lee fits the Greg Jennings mold; while not the fastest or biggest, crisp route running, good agility and soft hands make Lee an attractive target for quarterbacks. Â It’s unlikely that the Packers will have the option of picking Lee at 53, so it might take some trading up to get there.
Vanderbilt WR Jordan Matthews: Sporting an impressive blend of size and athleticism, Matthews fits the mold of Jordy Nelson, which is the bigger wide receiver with an impressive catching radius that also displays a good understanding of route concepts. Â He isn’t as fast or as explosive as Nelson but would offer a similar attractive redzone option for Aaron Rodgers. Â Another plus is Rodgers has seen Matthews up close by watching his brother Jordan Rodgers play at Vanderbilt and also has cornerback Casey Hayward and safety Sean Richardson to vouch for him. Â Matthews is predicted to be selected somewhere in the middle of the 2nd round and could be available for the Packers.
Washington TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins: With the uncertainty of Jermichael Finley and the rest of the tight end core, tight end is a logical position for an upgrade. Â Seferian-Jenkins was highly touted as the best tight end prior to the 2013 season, but a DUI conviction and a foot injury discovered at the combine that required surgery have chilled his stock somewhat. Â Nevertheless, Seferian-Jenkins displays impressive size and speed with a wide catching radius. Â He lacks the top end speed to really take the top off a defense, but will still contribute as a huge safety valve and red zone threat. Â Seferian-Jenkins also is a willing blocker which means he can legitimately be on the field on all 3 downs and will likely help Eddie Lacy’s game. Â Seferian-Jenkins is predicted to be selected early in the 2nd round so the Packers will likely have to trade up to secure his services.