Sunday, April 15, 2012

Where The Recent Mock Drafts For The Green Bay Packers Stand

There are going to be a lot of mock drafts published in the final two weeks before the 2012 NFL draft, but I'm not expecting to see a big shift in what's expected from the Green Bay Packers. The consensus is that they need to find a pass rusher. And I can't argue with that analysis.

Mel Kiper's April 4th mock draft: USC DE/LB Nick Perry

Todd McShay's April 11th mock draft: Clemson DE/LB Andre Branch

Wes Bunting's April 4th mock draft: Perry

Rob Rang's April 12th mock draft: Perry

Dane Brugler's April 12th mock draft: Penn State DL Devon Still

And if Perry wasn't off the mock draft board by the time the Packers were on the clock, I bet McShay and Brugler would have Perry going to the Packers too. With Perry and Clay Matthews both having roots back to USC, I can see why that connection is made. But it really comes down to the fact that Perry is usually the best pass rusher available at the end of the 1st round.

There is some concern that Perry may want to remain on the defensive line, but he's almost the exact same size as Anthony Hargrove, who the Packers recently signed as a free agent. If Hargrove could have a role on the Packers defense, then it makes sense that Perry could fill a role too. Even if it's not as a traditional outside linebacker.

But I still have a sweet spot for Devon Still. He's been falling down draft boards because of a weak combine workout and a deep draft class at defensive tackle, but a turf toe injury may be holding him back. Otherwise, the reigning Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year is a perfect Cullen Jenkins replacement. At 6-5 and 303 lbs. he's a true 3-4 defensive lineman, and he can rush the passer. Maybe he's not a true 1st round talent and better suited as an early 2nd round pick, but on paper he looks like a better fit than Perry. I know where he'd play for the Packers, while I'm not sure what role Perry would fill.


Stroh said...

Love to get Still! He Cox and Brockers are easily the best 34 DE in the draft. He is my favorite for the 28th pick right now. He can play LDE in base D and be a DT on pass downs to rush the QB. I just think he's a perfect fit and if Neal can get healthy and become productive like he looked before the knee injury we would have a formidable DL for the next 7 yrs or so. He's just too good to pass on if he is on the board at #28.

BirdDogUni said...

As long as TT grabs an OLB in the second round... I'm down with that! : )

Go Pack Go!