PIGSKIN PAUL’S 2104 PACKERS DRAFT
It’s time to let it rip and try to match wits with TED THOMPSON on who the PACK should be picking next week to supplement their roster. The Picks are based on my Regardless of Position prospect rankings as of May 2nd. Each Pick analysis will include where they ranked on my list, which, in theory, made them available for the PACKERS to select.
Round 1 Pick 21 CALVIN PRYOR/S/LOUISVILLE 5’11/210
He’s not an elite cover guy, but is an excellent athlete and a fearless hitter. He’s the kind of S that forces receivers to keep their head on a swivel. He could push for a starting job as a Rookie if given enough attention by the coaching staff. Same 40-time as HA HA @ 4.58. Desire to strike a blow can cause some missed tackles. Learning a bit more discipline in his play will be essential. But aggression is something the PACK S position can use more of overall. PP rank #23.
Round 2 Pick 53 JARVIS LANDRY/WR/LSU 5’114/205 4.61/40
Was felt by some to Be a better pro prospect than teammate ODELL BECKHAM, but he had a bad Combine athletically. His time above came from the LSU Pro Day. Ob the field he is big time. His 31 3⁄4” arm length, and 10 1⁄4” hand spread provide his QB with a wide catching radius target. He times his leaps well for the catch and should win most jump balls even in the NFL. Should be a solid Special Teams performer as he starts his NFL career as the packs No. 4 wideout. IMO, he compares well with RUEBEN RANDLE of the GIANTS, another ex-LSU standout. PP rank #52.
Round 3 Pick 85 C.J. FIEDOROWICZ/TE/IOWA 6’054/265 4.76/40
A solid college player who didn’t get much love at IOWA in large part due to very mediocre QB lay during his career. A throwback NFL TE in his skill set. Can play all three downs as an inline TE. His 33” arms & 10 1⁄4” hands should make him a popular target for AARON RODGERS. He reminds quite a bit of JASON WITTEN coming out of the college ranks. He fits a need in my mind, because I am skeptical of FINLEY ever playing for the PACK again. PP rank #82.
Round 3 Pick 98 SHAYNE SKOV/ILB/STNAFORD 6’022/245 4.95/40
I struggled with this Pick trying to be sure I didn’t feel compelled to draft for need. He plays hard and smart, like most Stanford guys. Has a real tough-guy attitude. He finds the ball and gets to it. He can also be effective blitzing up the middle. Has 10” hands and uses them with great strength to shed blockers. Had 109 tackles as a senior including 5.5 sacks and 13 TFL. His challenge will be to prove he can drop into pass pro and play all 3 downs instead of just 2. He does remind me of A.J. HAWK, who has been a dependable starter for the PACK for almost a decade now. The biggest difference in comparing SKOV to HAWK is that this is Pick 98 not Pick 6. PP rank # 5.
Round 4 Pick 121 RUSSELL BODINE/C/UNC 6’031/310 5.18/40
Strong, aggressive football player, with some JOSH SITTON nastiness to his game. Comes out of school early after 2 coaching changes in college. He led all OL with 42 reps in the Combine bench press. Has decent mobility in a short area. Should be able to handle most NFL NT in 3-4 schemes. Has played some OG, so he could probably help out there if not starting as a Rookie. High effort, hustling player who should become an NFL starter, and soon. I would expect him to battle TRETTER hard for the starting OC job. PP rank #113.
Round 5 Pick 161 HOWARD JONES/DE/OLB/SHEPHERD 6’024/235
This DII player absolutely blew up the combine to affirm his small school stats. Ran a 4.59/40, which would seriously upgrade the PACKERS Defensive speed. He’ll be a conversion project to OLB for the PACK 3-4 base scheme. He has a wingspan of 82” and had a 40.5” vertical jump at the COMBINE. His arms measure 34 1/8” in length. 4-year starter at Shepherd. Huge athleticism and upside potential. PP rank #157.
Round 5 Pick 176 BRANDON DIXON/CB/NW MISSOURI STATE 5’114/203
Another small-school standout who will give PACKERS coaches a lot of athleticism to work with. He ran a 4.41/40 at the Combine and has the long arms (32 1⁄2”) that are all the rage in today’s NFL. He needs work on his cover skills, but is a solid willing tackler already. Should help on Special Teams while he is being groomed to replace TRAMON WILLIAMS who is now on the wrong side of 30, and is likely in his final Packers contract. PP rank # 167.
Round 6 Pick 197 DAVID FALES/QB/SAN JOSE STATE 6’015/212
As this Pick came up and I looked at my prospect list I could not help but think of watching FALES lead the upset win over Fresno State last season while throwing for over 500 yards. As I watched that effort I mumbled, ‘He looks like a young AARON RODGERS’. That’s heady stuff, but since I have my doubts about TOLZIEN ever getting much better, and can’t help but remember that FLYNN is only signed for 1 year, this guy could give Coach McCarthy his 4th QB and a developmental project to mold in his image. Nothing screams out about athleticism or great arm strength, but he’s smart and has been productive. Her also impressed me in Mobile, with how serious he is about football as we talked over dinner. PP rank #202.
Round 7 Pick 236 JOHN BROWN/WR/RS/PITT STATE 5’100/180
I’ve been high on BROWN since the Shrine venue, but I don’t think he’s a secret anymore and may not come close to lasting this long. He’s incredibly fast and quick. He ran a 4.37/40 at the COMBINE. He may never be more than a No. 3-4 receiver on a depth chart, but he could also bring solid value as a PR/KR specialist. He might allow the PACK to keep a guy named COBB off the field for anything more than his receiving job. My gut says even I will be moving BROWN up in my final prospect rankings list early next week, but it was a nice thought while it lasted. PP rank # 243.
That’s the PACKERS Mock. Remember that some of the guys many of you will tell me should have been picked (like a ERIC EBRON) were realistically gone where the PACKERS are picking. I for one, would be thrilled if this group actually hit the PACKERS roster when training Camp opens.receiving job. My gut says even I will be moving BROWN up in my final prospect rankings list early next week, but it was a nice thought while it lasted. PP rank # 243.
Editor’s Note: Our friend Pigskin Paul, born and raised in Wisconsin, has a long history of “DraftNikism” and studying the ways of Packers’ GMs. You can read more from Paul at his website, Pigskin Paul’s Place.