2013 NFL Mock Draft: Two weeks until Draft Day

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FIU safety Jonathan Cyprien
FIU safety Jonathan Cyprien

The first round of the 2013 NFL Draft will take place two weeks from today. That’s a good thing.

Trades are sure to shake up the order of round one, but no trades will be projected in this first-round mock. Things just get messy when projecting trades.

This mock will be updated in a week before the final version is released on draft day.

Some great value presented itself when the Packers were on the board at No. 26 in this projection. But what position of need would they choose to address if the  board fell this way? Read on.

1. Kansas City Chiefs: OT Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M

KC: No surprise at the top. The Chiefs tagged Branden Albert, but they can’t pass on a guy like Joeckel. They’ll move Albert to right tackle and plug Joeckel in as the starting left tackle from Day 1. Had they not traded for Alex Smith, I think Geno Smith would be the guy. But clearly, the Chiefs aren’t enamored with this quarterback class.

2. Jacksonville Jaguars: QB Geno Smith, West Virginia

JAX: Jaguars GM David Caldwell has hinted that it’s down to two players at No. 2. Those two players are likely quarterback Geno Smith and pass rusher Dion Jordan. Jacksonville invested a first-round pick on Blaine Gabbert a few years ago, but he’s been a bust thus far. It’s a new regime, and I think Geno Smith is their guy.

3. Oakland Raiders: DT Sharrif Floyd, Florida

OAK: Ever since the draft order was finalized, I’ve been saying the Raiders should trade down. They have needs all over the roster and would be wise to trade down, add some picks and continue to overhaul the roster. That said, Floyd has to be the pick if they stay at No. 3.

4. Philadelphia Eagles: OLB Dion Jordan, Oregon

PHI: For the Eagles, I think it’ll be one of three players: Dion Jordan, Geno Smith or Eric Fisher. Smith is off the board in this projection, so the pick would come down to Jordan or Fisher. The offensive line was atrocious last season, but the Eagles are transitioning to the 3-4 defense, so Jordan makes a lot of sense. The Chip Kelly-Oregon connection doesn’t hurt, either.

5. Detroit Lions: DE Ziggy Ansah, BYU

DET: If the board falls like this, the Lions will have to choose between Ziggy Ansah, Dee Milliner or Eric Fisher. With so much money tied up into Matt Stafford and Calvin Johnson, getting a franchise left tackle like Fisher makes a lot of sense. But having lost Kyle Vanden Bosch and Cliff Avril this offseason, they simply need a pass rusher.

6. Cleveland Browns: CB Dee Milliner, Alabama

CLE: If I projected trades in my mock drafts, this would be one of the spots for movement. With two teams desperate for help at tackle picking just outside the top ten–San Diego at 11 and Miami at 12–Cleveland will likely have willing trading partners. The Chargers or Dolphins could move up and get their tackle ahead of Arizona, while the Browns could get defensive help a few picks later. If they stay at No. 6, taking Milliner to pair with Joe Haden makes a lot of sense.

7. Arizona Cardinals: OT Eric Fisher, Central Michigan

ARI: The Cardinals need a quarterback and offensive line help. Eric Fisher is a top-five talent, and Arizona would be elated if he fell to No. 7 overall. They’re in better shape at tackle than they are at guard, but Fisher would simply be too good to pass up at this spot.

8. Buffalo Bills: OG Chance Warmack, Alabama

BUF: There’s no shortage of holes on the Bills’ roster. Buffalo has a great pair of running backs in C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson, so they’d be wise to fortify the offensive line. Having already lost Andy Levitre to the Tennessee Titans as a free agent, Chance Warmack makes a lot of sense. Tavon Austin or Cordarrelle Patterson are options here as well, as the Bills need to take some pressure off Stevie Johnson.

9. New York Jets: WR Tavon Austin, West Virginia

NYJ: The Jets’ offense is pathetic. They lack playmakers, and they’re led by Mark Sanchez. Not a good recipe. Adding a matchup nightmare like Tavon Austin would instantly give the Jets a shot of life. Of course, they still need a pass rusher, so Barkevious Mingo is a definite possibility. But it’s hard to win games without scoring points.

10. Tennessee Titans: DT Star Lotulelei, Utah

TEN: Tennessee would love to see Chance Warmack fall to No. 10, but he came off the board at No. 8. Drafting Star Lotulelei would, at the very least, occupy blockers and take pressure off pass rushers Kamerion Wimbley and Derrick Morgan. Apparently, some teams have Johnathan Cooper rated ahead of Chance Warmack, so Cooper is an option too.

11. San Diego Chargers: OT Lane Johnson, Oklahoma

SD: This would be the best-case scenario for the Chargers. They’d love to get their hands on a left tackle, and Johnson is the most likely guy to fill that void. Don’t be surprised if the Chargers move up to ensure themselves of grabbing a pro-ready tackle.

12. Miami Dolphins: OT D.J. Fluker, Alabama

MIA: Having lost Jake Long to the St. Louis Rams, the Dolphins have a glaring need at tackle. This may be a little high for D.J. Fluker, but he was a four-year starter for Alabama and likely wouldn’t be on the board much longer should he get past Miami. At the very least, he’s a pro-ready right tackle who has a chance to develop into a left tackle.

13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: CB Xavier Rhodes, Florida State

TB: There’s been a lot of talk about Tampa sending this pick to the Jets for Darrelle Revis. If that’s the case, perhaps New York takes Rhodes at this spot. Either way, the Bucs need a lot of help in the secondary. They brought Eric Wright back for another season, but they need more than that. Defensive tackle is also an option.

14. Carolina Panthers: DT Sheldon Richardson, Missouri

CAR: This pick just makes too much sense. Richardson is a pro-ready, versatile defensive tackle who could be an immediate starter. If they choose to address another position, cornerback and safety are both options.

15. New Orleans Saints: OLB Barkevious Mingo, Lousiana State

NO: If the board falls like this, the Saints will sprint to the podium with Mingo as their pick. Mingo could very well go No. 9 to the Jets, so he’d be great value at 15 as the Saints transition to the 3-4 defense. Grabbing a pass rusher in the first round would be ideal.

16. St. Louis Rams: OG Johnathan Cooper, North Carolina

STL: Typically, No. 16 wouldn’t be considered “too low” for an offensive guard, but Johnathan and Cooper and Chance Warmack are two of the better guard prospects in recent memory. Cooper is worth the 16th pick, and he’d help stabilize the Rams’ offensive line as a rookie. Wide receiver is an option, but they also have the No. 22 pick to address the position.

17. Pittsburgh Steelers: OLB Jarvis Jones, Georgia

PIT: Jarvis Jones has been compared to James Harrison. And after cutting Harrison this offseason, Jones is a logical replacement in the middle of the first round. Pittsburgh is in position to move up or down with this pick, but if they stay at No. 17, Jones will surely be considered.

18. Dallas Cowboys: S Kenny Vaccaro, Texas

DAL: This is the absolute latest Kenny Vaccaro should come off the board. He could go as high as No. 10 the the Titans, but he should no way get past the Cowboys at No. 18. Vaccaro would step in and immediately improve the Dallas secondary as a rookie. If Johnathan Cooper falls to this point, he’ll be considered as well.

19. New York Giants: DE Bjoern Werner, Florida State

NYG: The Giants love to build their defense around a deep group of pass rushers. Osi Umenyiora signed with the Atlanta Falcons this offseason, so Werner could fill his shoes in the rotation along with Jason Pierre-Paul and Justin Tuck. Once considered a top-five pick, Werner would be great value at No. 19 overall.

20. Chicago Bears: LB Arthur Brown, Kansas State

CHI: They need plenty of help on the offensive line, but the value is better on the defensive side of the ball. The Bears signed D.J. Williams and James Anderson at linebacker this offseason, but Arthur Brown is simply too good to pass up at No. 20. If Brown steps into the right situation, he’s my early pick for Defensive Rookie of the Year. Beast.

21. Cincinnati Bengals: LB Alec Ogletree, Georgia

CIN: Ogletree can do it all, but there are some concerns regarding his character. He was also charged with a DUI in February. But fortunately for him, the Cincinnati Bengals don’t seem to put much stock into off-field issues, and they need a linebacker. He could step in and be a starter alongside Rey Maualuga and Vontaze Burfict.

22. St. Louis Rams: (From WSH) WR Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee

STL: The Rams get perhaps the top receiver in the draft at No. 22 overall. Patterson is raw right now, having only played one season at the D1 level, but he has an extremely high ceiling. A couple years down the road, Patterson could be a Julio Jones-type receiver. St. Louis needs help at the position and would likely consider Patterson at 16 if Johnathan Cooper is off the board.

23. Minnesota Vikings: MLB Manti Te’o, Notre Dame

MIN: The Vikings have a solid pair of outside linebackers in Chad Greenway and Erin Henderson, but they have a gaping hole in the middle. There is a wide variety of opinions on Manti Te’o, but some teams reportedly still have him No. 1 amongst middle linebackers in the draft. Te’o could be an immediate starter and an upgrade to Minnesota’s run defense.

24. Indianapolis Colts: DE Datone Jones, UCLA

IND: Indianapolis had one of the best drafts in the league last year. After taking Andrew Luck with the No. 1 overall pick, the Colts took his teammate, tight end Coby Fleener, as well as tight end Dwayne Allen, wide receiver T.Y. Hilton and running back Vick Ballard. Now, they must turn their attention to the defensive side of the ball. Datone Jones is a versatile and talented defensive lineman capable of playing in any defensive scheme.

25. Minnesota Vikings: (From SEA) DT Sylvester Williams, North Carolina

MIN: The Vikings need to strengthen their front seven, and after already grabbing a linebacker with their first pick, adding a defensive lineman makes sense. A number of guys would be in play here, but Williams gets the nod.

26. Green Bay Packers: S Jonathan Cyprien, Florida International

GB: In my opinion, the best-case scenario for the Packers would be for one of the top two safeties (Vaccaro, Cyprien) to fall to No. 26. If the board fell like this, the pick would likely come down to defensive line, Cyprien or Eddie Lacy. Cyprien is Jerron McMillian against the run with more range and better ball skills. He’d be an immediate starter. And while Lacy ran a respectable 4.57 in the forty-yard dash today, there are concerns about his stamina and work ethic.

27. Houston Texans: WR Quinton Patton, Louisiana Tech

HOU: When it comes to the Texans, which receiver do they take at No. 27? That’s the question. Quinton Patton, Keenan Allen, Robert Woods and DeAndre Hopkins will all likely be considered. But of the receivers available, I think Patton is the best of the bunch.

28. Denver Broncos: DE Tank Carradine, Florida State

DEN: With Peyton Manning in the twilight of his career, the Broncos are in win-now mode. If not for a torn ACL suffered early last season, Carradine may be a top-ten pick. He could come in and start immediately with Elvis Dumervil in Baltimore. If Eddie Lacy proves to teams that he has a respectable work ethic, he could be in play at No. 28 as well.

29. New England Patriots: CB Desmond Trufant, Washington

NE: Aqib Talib re-signed with the Patriots this offseason, but only for one season. New England would do well to address the secondary with an early pick, and Marcus Trufant could/should go much higher than No. 29. Wide receiver is an option, but they can get a quality receiver later.

30. Atlanta Falcons: CB Jamar Taylor, Boise State

ATL: The Falcons have added a lot to their team this offseason, but they’ve lost two key players at cornerback. Brent Grimes signed with the Miami Dolphins, and Dunta Robinson signed with the Kansas City Chiefs, so Taylor makes a lot of sense. Even though Tony Gonzalez is back for another year, Tyler Eifert could still be an option here.

31. San Francisco 49ers: TE Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame

SF: Would the 49ers take Eifert even though they have Vernon Davis? San Francisco is in a position to take the best player available, regardless of position. They like to use double-tight formations and lost Delanie Walker to the Tennessee Titans as a free agent. The 49ers could go anywhere with this pick–if they keep it.

32. Baltimore Ravens: WR Keenan Allen, California

BAL: The Ravens traded Anquan Boldin to San Francisco, so they need to replace him with a sure-handed possession receiver that can continually move the chains. Keenan Allen ran a 4.71 earlier this week, but speed isn’t his game. Nor is it Boldin’s game. Allen could be groomed as Boldin’s replacement from Day 1. Great fit.


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49 thoughts on “2013 NFL Mock Draft: Two weeks until Draft Day

  1. I would be very happy with the Cyprien pick. I have been high on him all offseason, and originally hoped to get him with our second round pick, but everyone else apparently figured out how good he is. IMO, Safety is just as big of a concern on defense as our DL. we need a guy who can drop down into the box and cover the slot WR, and support the run. Cyrpien is the perfect guy for that, he is comfortable playing near the LOS, and is not afraid to stick his shoulder into somebody, and more importantly CAN WRAP UP WHEN HE TACKLES!

  2. Cyprien is a strong safty type with slow straight line speed,similar to Morgan Burnette,I thought that it was the plan to bring a free safty so that Burnette could be moved strong safty.
    I would rather go for a defensive lineman in round one,and then a safty like Eric Reed in the second.

    1. The war room and TT will make the best decision for GB. What Marques has done is to put down his best guess (via research on multiple players, teams, etc.) on how this draft will unfold.

      TT knows their will be very good DL into the sixth round. A safety like Eric Reed in the second is a “steal” (IMO), A RB like Lacy or Ball will get us the first downs we missed last year, etc.

      TT/MM and the whole staff have been working on this draft to position themselves into getting the right players at the right time (value).

      From the mock draft above, if TT/MM think the team needs: WR most then they have the option of Patton (27) or Allen(32). If they think we need RB then Lacy, Ball or other RB in 2nd is there. If they think we need a CB then Trufant(29) or Taylor (30) is there. If TT & Dom are thinking Safety (Reed) then he looks like a 2nd round pick.

      Some other team may really want Cyprien, Lacy, a QB or a WR and be willing to trade up for the 26th with a high second and maybe a 3rd or 4th.

      At 28 the broncos take the Tank. Denver is all in with a high priced QB and need to do it this year (so to speak). If that last piece for Denver is RB Lacy, expect TT to make Denver pay dearly.

      I think you give Marques to much credit for knowing the plan of TT. I don’t think more than 5 or six people know that plan. Two weeks to go and I know I’m excited to see how it will go.

    2. safety play across the middle, and help in run support was horrible last year. Cyprien is all over the place. I wouldn’t pigeon-hole him as just a SS. He has the coverage skills that most SS lack, but he also can lay the wood and the kid might be the best tackling S in the draft. Remember how bad our run defense was last year? Think a free safety playing centerfield is going to make much of a difference in that?

    3. If you want a true, coverage-oriented free safety, Eric Reed probably isn’t the best option. He struggles mightily in coverage and has stiff hips.

      He’d have good value in the second round, but Morgan Burnett is far superior to Reed in pass coverage.

      1. He’s not that stiff. Was #10 and #11 in the cone and shuttle drills at the combine among safeties. Maybe not in the elite category but still very good. Ried would be a better fit at #26 than Cyprien.

        You continue to ingnore the fact that Thompson has never drafted a safety that runs over 4.5 40. Seems he prefers Speed and range at Safety.

        We all know Cyprien is your favorite player, you’ve made that abundantly clear. Now maybe it would be wise to look at Thompsons’s profile for safeties that he’s seemed to follow. Just sayin… If you wanna mock a draft maybe you should consider what Thompson looks at, not what you like.

        1. Marques, Stroh is right. TT loves speed in his DB’s. Ried would have been a RND 1 pick last year but the depth of safeties this year is hurting him. TT is also cheap and will look for a cheaper alternative to using a 1 or 2 on safety. (IMO). Cyprien is hyped up and TT will let another team overpay for him (again IMHO).

          That said: I look for TT to trade down out of the 1st if possible or take BPA.

        2. Have to say I completely disagree, Stroh. I’m pretty confident Cyprien will be the No. 2 safety off the board.

          Mel Kiper and Matt Miller both have Cyprien as their No. 2 safety. Just to name a couple off the top of my head.

          NFL.com gives Reid a grade of 82.5, Elam 80.0, well behind Cyprien at 90.6. In fact, Cyprien is ahead of Vaccaro on NFL.com at 87.7.

          Thompson hasn’t drafted a S with 4.6 speed yet – that’s true. But Cyrien plays much faster than his straight-line speed would indicate. Watch some film on him, he plays faster than Reid and has more range in pass coverage.

          1. NFL.ocm has Reid w/ 87.5 and Cyprien 84.6… Is there a different NFL.com?


            CBS has Reid 32, Cyprien 45.

            Those are generally the best 2 sites around. You can have your Kipers. I’ll take Gil Brandt. Do you know him? He built the Dallas Cowboys and was an actually NFL GM. He has Reid 34 and Cyprien 52.

            Your also continuing to ignore Thompson’s history drafting Safeties. Like I said if this is a mock to that you want that’s fine, but its overlooking what is most likely given Thompson’s history, which should be the overriding factor, not who you like.

            1. Yes, Stroh. I know who Gil Brandt is.

              There is only one NFL.com. Here is how NFL.com ranks their safeties: http://www.nfl.com/draft/2013/tracker#dt-tabs:dt-by-position/dt-by-position-input:s

              Not sure where you got your grades. But once again, you may not think Thompson would be interested in Cyprien, but I certainly do. He won’t take Cyprien off the board because he runs a 4.6 forty. If he did, then he’d have to take Vaccaro off too. Highly doubtful.

              1. I gave you the link, why do you have to even ask? Go look for yourself. Just need to go to position and Safety.

    4. Yeah…I don’t see Minnesota taking Te’o.
      The rumor from is that the Vikings are happy to see that there will be good linebackers after the first round to choose from indicating that they will choose another position in that spot. That position will probably be a Wide Receiver. I do think it’s a possibility they select a D-Linemen on their second pick at #25 overall. My hope is that the Packers could pick up Sylvester or Jesse Williams if the Packers choose to stay at the 26th spot and not trade down to the second round. I think Cyprien is one of the better Safety’s, and…I think he does wrap up when he tackles. Plus he takes good angles. Both skills I don’t see that often from Burnette. But Cyprien is behind Reid and Elam as far as most draft geeks are concerned. There are so many good players that could make the 1st round, it’s quite possible there will be no Safety’s picked until after the 26th spot.

      1. Boy I’m tired!

        I read my comment after I posted it, and it is hard to understand the way I worded it.

        I hope the meaning still comes across.

        1. Not really most. In fact from looking at 4 of my favorite sites, including the one you guys love so much Drafttek have Ried rated ahead of Cyprien. Only one of the 4 had Cyrprien higher. More proof that he’s your favorite not everyone elses. And I doubt Thompsons since he’s not drafted a Safety that runs over 4.5. Seems he very much prefers speed and range at Safety.

          My sleeper in Sanders Commings. Played CB at U Ga, very good in press coverage, but has safety size at 6′ 216. Runs 4.41 and played Centerfield in baseball so he knows angles and how to track a ball in flight.

          Pretty much seems the consensus is Ried is the #2 safety after Vaccarro.

          1. This is a TT pick. Big, Fast and football smart on angles. TT will let his DB Coaches train him up (if he has it to play in GB).

            Stroh, what round do you think Sanders Commings will go in?

            1. Hard to say, but I’m thinking 3rd. CBS rates him a 5th, which I think is way too low. NFP has him in the 2nd which seems to high. Commings might be a close comparison to Collins. Collins was thought of as a CB in the draft process, like Commings is now. Thompson took Collins in 2nd. If we can get him end 3rd or early 4th that would be good value IMO. His size/speed is enticing for sure.

          2. Again, the majority of the draft sites I routinely check have Cyprien as the No. 2 safety.

            It’s somewhat close between Vaccaro and Cyprien. But after the top two, I don’t think it’s close.

    5. Burnett ran in the 4.4’s, Cyprien runs in the 4.6’s. Thompson has never drafted a Safety that runs over 4.5. This pick is so not in the Thompson profile.

      Still trying to push Cyprien down our throats I see. Won’t happen IMO. Thompson wants speed and range at Safety. Heard he was pretty interested in Sanders Commings. Played CB at U Ga, but has the size of a safety and ran 4.41. Also played Centerfield in baseball so he knows how to track a ball in flight and take good angles to get to the ball.

      You heard it from Stroh first. He’s my mid round sleeper pick for the Packers in the 4th/5th rounds.

      1. This is a TT pick. Big, Fast and football smart on angles. TT will let his DB Coaches train him up (if he has it to play in GB).

        Stroh, what round do you think Sanders Commings will go in?

  3. Curious, Marques, what position would you look for in the 2nd? There should be some good DL talent left at the bottom of round two.

    1. Good question but I think Marques needs to probably work on the whole second round which is probably a bunch of work and not a simple answer. IMHO there are DL all the way into the sixth round. It also depends on Jolly and the walking wounded status. TT will know where he needs to get a DL and will do it his way.
      Marques do you have a planned 2nd round?

    2. Agreed, I think there will be some quality D-Linemen at the bottom of round two. Also love the depth at WR on Day 2 in both the second and third round. RB also a possibility depending on who’s there.

  4. i don’t see either a safety or RB in the first round. the draft doesn’t have a round one RB in my opinion.The value there is much better in mid rounds. Knile Davis, Christine Michael, Marcus Lattimore(my personal fav). this guy will come back and be the best running back in this class IMO.
    I would really like to see TT trade back and get an extra pick or two as the draft is deep and there will be good players available in rounds 3,4,5.
    trade down and get Hunt in late round 1/early 2. Marcus Wheaton round 2. round 3-4 Schwenke and Latimore and an OLB.

      1. Frank Gore recovered pretty well from 2 ACL’s in college. Think theres a very good chance Lattimore will as well.

        1. To each their own, but no way Reid is a better prospect than Cyprien. Mocks aren’t about what the GM will do, it’s for the writer to rationalize the pick and why they see it as a fit. Cyprien isn’t Marques’ fave player, by the way. Of all of us, his fave guy is the most obvious of all if you pay attention, read the posts and listen to the pods.

          1. I would argue that Marques probably has a tears in his eye when he put Cyprien down instead of another safety or a certain running back.

            1. Haha, a little too early for Gio Bernard, in my opinion. I’ll just keep pushing my alleged agenda with Cyprien. Eyeroll.

          2. No way? Again based on what? Reid rated higher by NFL and CBS (2 best sites IMO), not to mention former GM Gil Brandt. Seems to me you guys are trying to force us to like Cyprien, instead of looking at what Thompson likes.

            This is supposed to be a mock of what the Packers/Thompson will do, not what YOU want to happen. Thompson likes speed at safety, his history shows that. Cyprien run in the mid 4.6’s, that’s not going to interest Thompson too much given his history.

            You guys keep pushing him on us and I’ll keep pushing back.

            1. Stroh. Seriously. We do not care if you like Cyprien or not. Trust me.

              I enjoy researching the draft, and put a lot of time into it before April. I form my own opinions on players, and put those opinions on this site, among others.

              No one is pushing Cyprien on you. At all. Just stating the fact that plenty of people have Cyprien ahead of Reid. And in my opinion, he’s a full round ahead of Reid.

            2. Those sites: NFL. This site: Packers. It’s all about how the player fits into the system and THAT is what this content is SUPPOSED to be. It’s not the Stroh show, man, sorry

              1. Yes it is about a fit for the Packers and again Thompson has clearly shown what he thinks is a fit for the Packers. Not my fault you guys don’t want to admit or acknowledge it.

          3. Actually the mocks ARE about what the GM/team will do. Or are you just throwing out who you want. We all know you guys have a love affair w/ Cyprien, but Thompsons not likely to be interested too much. What’s the point of a mock? Seems to me, its clearly about trying to predict what each team will do. Its not about what the writer wants.

            1. Well I’ll make you a deal. . when you start writing the rules and regulations on the content that we post, it will follow that format. Until then, it will be what it’s supposed to be: the author’s mock.

              1. Are you telling me that Al is telling you who to like? or putting rules on you about how to do a mock? I seriously doubt that.

    1. Like everyone of your picks madman. Like trading back too.

      Marques has Warmack and Fluker in his top twelve. Also, Barrett Jones was projected in the first round pre-foot injury. Is it any wonder Lacy had success? I would be pissed if GB took him at 26.

  5. I looked at the ten picks before the Packers pick. As I went through pick 16, 17, 18 etc, I was thinking, no, not HIM off the board. BY #26, so many of the guys I hoped would be there, were gone.

    That’s a bad thing, but it suggests it is a fairly realistic draft, not so much in who picks which player, but in terms of which guys are off the board at #26.

    Since Ted LOVES speed at the DB position, I’d say DL is the pick here, with several prospects. Some would still be here after a trade back.

    Richardson, Lotulelei and Sly Williams are gone but Brandon Williams (my favourite), Jenkins and Hankins are still on the board.

    I’d pass on the huge Margus Hunt at #26 – too much of a gamble here, but if he was still around about mid round two, I’d look hard at trading up for him if we didn’t go there with #26.

    My personal key positions of need are DL, OLB. We can snatch guys for C, RB, WR in the middle of the draft and FB/H-back, QB, S later on.

  6. Trade 1-26 & 5-159 for early 2 & 3. Draft 2- DT Kawan Short; 2-55 DE Margus Hunt; 3 C David Quessenberry; 3-88 WR Stedman Baily; 4-122 RB Stephan Taylor and 5-167 OLB Walter Stewart.

  7. hey – does anyone know if the Packers have ever drafted a safety that ran over a 4.5 40?

    1. Nick Collins: 4.36 (2nd, 2005)
      Marviel Underwood: 4.45 (4th, 2005)
      Aaron Rouse: 4.58 (3rd, 2007)
      Morgan Burnett: 4.51 (3rd, 2010)
      Jerron McMillian: 4.47 (4th, 2012)

      Rouse and Burnett were both over 4.5 at the Combine. Cyprien runs a 4.6 forty, but he plays faster than that. He shows great range in the secondary and lays the wood as a tackler.

      1. Burnett ran much better at his pro day, bout 4.45 IIRC. I completely forgot Rouse my mistake. But even Richardson is under 4.5, so the point still stands.

  8. In my opinion, if the Packers are gonna draft a safety with the 1st pick, I think Eric Reid is the best option. I still think Lacy is the pick I would like to see the Packers go with 1st though. While I do think there are some good Rb’s later in the draft, Lacy is too good (once again in my opinion) to be passed on with the Packers’ 1st pick. just watching highlights, I think he’s got better overall skills & highlights than any other RB that I’ve seen film on. I still trust TT to pull something great out of his hat, so if Lacy isn’t who he goes with, then I’ll be fine because I know that he’s made some great moves in the draft.

    1. Heard Lacy bombed his pro day yesterday. I had Lacy as a top 2nd now he might fall to our 2nd at 55. I wouldn’t take Lacy at 26 anymore. Be interesting to see how much he drops but mt guess would be mid 2nd for sure.

      1. Lacy wasn’t overly impressive at the Pro Day, but when looking at his game film, I think he could be a great RB fit for the Packers rushing scheme. & I also think he is the best RB in the draft (I don’t claim to be a draft expert or have all the right answers). I don’t think if he goes past the 1st rd, that he will make it to the Packers at pick 55 because of the Jets at pick 39, Rams at pick 46, or if he somehow passes those two, the Steelers at 48 could take him. It’s just my opinion, but I think the Packers should get him at 26 or better yet, trade back with someone like the Eagles & get him in the 2nd Rd, while possibly also getting a safety like Eric Reid or Philip Thomas if one or both are there, with the Packers at pick 55. & I think 3rd Rd pick should be any of the best interior OL available, such as Quessenberry from San Jose St, Jones from Alabama, Frederick from Wisconsin, or Schwenke from Cal (unless of course someone with better value surprisingly drops to the Packers at any pick, then I think we should draft that person, no matter what position, with the exception of probably QB).

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