Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The Packers Complete 2012 Mock Draft: 5th through 7th rounds

Who do you expect the Green Bay Packers will draft? With all twelve draft picks in seven rounds? If I get this one right, it's proof that I don't play the lottery enough. Earlier I wrote about the Top 10 draft needs, and those needs are the main focus. I'm certain not to select the correct players, but I hope they address these positions. And I hope they add players to nearly every position on the roster.

I also limited the pool of available players. I matched the Packers draft order with the CBS Sports draft prospect rankings, and selected a player as close as possible to that exact spot. For example, I tried to match the No. 28 overall pick with the player ranked as the 28th best player. But I kept in mind their Top 10 draft needs. So the positions that need the least help were drafted later, and the positions that need the most help are near the top of the draft. 

7th round, pick 243. Mississippi RB Brandon Bolden. Ranked 268 by CBS Sports. His speed score doesn't suggest that he'll be a starting NFL running back, but we're talking about drafting a 3rd stringer in the 7th round. He's got NFL size (5-11, 222 lbs.) and he was a good receiver in college. He looks like a good candidate to battle Brandon Saine for a spot on the 53-man roster.

7th round, pick 241. Northern Illinois QB Chandler Harnish. Ranked 262 by CBS Sports. He reminds me a little of Graham Harrell and Matt Flynn. He's almost the exact same size as Harrell at 6-2 and 219 lbs. He's athletic enough, something that you apparently can't say about Case Keenum, and maybe Mike McCarthy's quarterback school will do wonders for his arm strength and accuracy. 

7th round, pick 234. Regina DT Akiem Hicks. Ranked 235 by CBS Sports. O Canada! Though he might have wound up at LSU if he hadn't been involved in a recruiting controversy. He's a major project, but you can't coach 6-5 and 318 lbs. He'd be a good candidate for the practice squad, and the defensive line could use all the help it can get.

7th round, pick 224. Southern Miss OT Lamar Holmes. Ranked 229 by CBS Sports. You can't coach 6-5 and 323 lbs. but he might never have NFL ability. Maybe the best we could hope for is that he's the next Breno Giacomini. But the Packers have always had one of these guys on the practice squad, Chris Campbell was the guy in 2011, and maybe it should be Holmes in 2012. With the release of Chad Clifton, there's a need for some depth at tackle.

6th round, pick 197. Oregon SS Eddie Pleasant. Ranked 198 by CBS Sports. He might be an undersized linebacker playing safety, but he's finishing an accomplished college career, and he could compete against M.D. Jennings for a backup spot.

5th round, pick 163. Michigan WR Junior Hemingway. Ranked 163 by CBS Sports. At 6-1 and 225 lbs. he'd battle Tori Gurley for the honors as the biggest WR on the roster. It's more likely he'd be a candidate for the practice squad or only be considered if injuries become a problem. But with 12 picks, they should find a receiver to challenge Gurley or Diondre Borel.

Tomorrow, the first four rounds.

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