My list of the college prospects the Packers could be targeting in rounds 2 and 3 of the NFL Draft.
Marcus Hardison, DE – Late bloomer, made great strides in 2014. Quick first step, plays hard every down. Has played both DT and DE.
Jordan Phillips, DT – Once considered a 1st round, concerns about his work ethic and previous back problems have him dropping.
Owamagbe Odighizuwa,DE/OLB – If he were to somehow drop to the Packers, would be a major steal. Powerful, speedy, athletic, just inexperienced. Packers love him.
Paul Dawson, ILB – Sideline to sideline pursuer, aggressive player, excellent in coverage – your basic, modern-day inside linebacker type.
Eric Kendricks, ILB – Always around the ball, hard hitter, good football instincts, agile, quick change of direction ability.
Denzel Perryman, ILB – Mostly a run stopper, plays mean and hard, best in the box, only average pursuit skills. Team leader type… Hawk replacement.
Lorenzo Mauldin. OLB – Plays HARD, relentlessly tracks the ball. A handful to block. Not overly fast but has a quick closing burst to the QB.
Randy Gregory, OLB – How low will he drop after failed combine drug test and reports of disinterest during team interviews?
Eli Harold, OLB – Should be gone, but if he drops, a very useful player who does everything well. Versatile, workhorse type that every team needs.
Nate Orchard, OLB – Ted Hendricks award winner, who exploded this season with 18 sacks after not doing much his first three years. Fast riser or one year wonder?
Eric Rowe, CB – Physical Cornerback who most scouts project as a safety (the anti Damarious Randall)
Craig Mager, CB – Tough bump and run type corner who is aggressive in run support and not intimidated by big receivers. Diamond in the rough. One of my favorites.
Quinten Rollins, CB – Played Basketball for 4 years before switching to football. MAC Defensive Player of the Y ear in his only year on the football field. This feels like a Packers pick.
Jalen Collins – Big corner with nice combination of size, speed and coverage abilities. Plays hard every down. Dropping on reports of failed drug tests at LSU.
Clive Walford, TE – A three-down TE, most well-rounded in the draft.
Ali Marpet, OG – Small school combine wonder who did not look out of place at the Senior Bowl.
Donovan Smith, OT – Can play either tackle or move inside to guard. Both powerful and athletic, underachieved until this season and impressed at Senior Bowl.
Sammy Coates, WR – Tough, physical, and fearless receiver, but still raw. Physical tools are all there, needs development.
Devin Smith, WR– A burner who averaged over 27 yds per catch last season. Very good hands and well coordinated while playing at top speed.
Tyler Lockett, WR/KR/PR – Would solve all of the Packers return issues while serving as a useful slot receiver.
I’d take them in a micro-second, but no way they make it to the Packers pick:
Eddie Goldman, Jake Fisher, TJ Clemmings, Jaelen Strong, Devin Smith
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.