The most anticipated event of the NFL off-season is set to kick-off this Thursday night, April 30 in Chicago – round one of the NFL Draft. For ‘drafniks’ such as myself it is a culmination of hours of analyzing – and over-analyzing – stats, game films and biographies. There is great anticipation that the Packers will select many of the guys that I have mocked – those players that will put them over the top.
With so many players of equal value at the end of the first round there is a real possibility that some team will jump up and offer the Packers a trade, rather than wait until the next day and hope that their guy is still available. This would be a dream scenario for General Manager Ted Thompson should such a trade partner materialize.
Should no trades develop here are my projected nine picks for the Green Bay Packers for the 2015 NFL Draft:
Round one (30): Jalen Collins – CB – LSU 6’ 1”, 203#. A tough, physical press corner. A bigger version of Tramon Williams. Past issues appear to be behind him.
Round two (62): Denzel Perryman – ILB – Miami 5’ 11”, 236#. Flows to the ball, covers receivers well and a tackling machine.
Round three (94): Marcus Hardison – DE – Arizona State 6’ 3”, 307#. Great outside speed. A late bloomer with plenty of upside.
Round four (129): MyCole Pruitt – TE – So. Illinois 6’ 2’ 251#. Great hands, adjust well, led nation in catches, yards and TD’s for a TE.
Round five (166): Jeremy Langford – RB – Michigan State, 6’ 0” 208#. Great speed and good hands, willing blocker and potential to return kicks. Third down back initially and key special team contributor.
Round six (205): Kyle Emanuel – OLB – N. Dakota State, 6’ 3”, 255#. Strong edge rushing and against run. Non-stop motor.
Round six (210) – compensatory: Mike Hull – ILB – Penn State, 6’ 0”, 237#. Tough sideline-to-sideline player, strong at point of attack.
Round six (212) – compensatory: Cody Fajardo – QB – Nevada 6’ 1”, 223#. Accurate, confident, team leader, ability to run a plus.
Round seven (247): Blake Bell – TE – Oklahoma 6’ 6”, 252#. Former QB. Massive with room to grow. Good hands and physical blocker.
That makes it four offensive players and five on the defensive side.
If you are searching for another possibility to Collins I would look for Eddie Goldman, DT from Florida State as the alternative choice in round one.
There is a good blend of quality players and a lot to like. Each selection should also represent Best Available Player in their selected round.
The Packers would also fill current needs particularly at corner, inside linebacker and tight end.
This is a fun draft to ‘mock’. I hope that you enjoy my projections.
Let the debate begin.——————
Jeff Albrecht grew up just north of Green Bay and was lucky enough to attend some of the Lombardi Era classic games, like the 1962 championship and the Ice Bowl. Jeff went on to play HS football in the Green Bay area and College ball at UW - Stevens Point. Jeff is retired but still does some writing for his local paper. Jeff is a writer with AllGreenBayPackers.com and you can follow him on twitter at @pointerjeff .