The NFL draft is exactly one week away. Coaches and general managers are putting the finishing touches on their draft boards as they try to find one or two players that will get them over the hump. When you look at the Green Bay Packers, the draft has been their way of building the roster. The Packers lead the NFL with 33 players on their roster that they drafted. That being said, here is my seven-round mock draft for the Green Bay Packers. Who knows, maybe they will strike gold like they did in the first round of 2005.
C.J. Mosley: ILB, Alabama
The Packers need more depth at inside linebacker and Mosley would be an upgrade to an improving defense. At defensive juggernaut Alabama, Mosley was a two time national champion and had over 100 tackles in each of his final two seasons as a member of the Crimson Tide. With the NFL becoming more and more “pass happy,” the Packers need to get quicker on defense, and Mosley would be a perfect pass defending linebacker.
Jace Amaro: TE, Texas Tech
Jermichael Finley is gone and Andrew Quarless is line to be the starting tight end. The limited explosiveness out of the current tight ends is the reason the Packers need to target a tight end. Amaro from Texas Tech is 6-foot-5, 265 pounds, a size that makes him a dangerous red zone threat. Last season, Amaro had over 1,300 receiving yards and seven touchdowns, and his ability to stretch the field would make him a great fit in the Packers’ offense.
Marcus Martin: C, USC
Evan Dietrich-Smith went from undrafted to the starting center for the Packers. Now, “EDS” is a Tampa Bay Buccaneers, leaving the Packers without a starting center. Martin was a three year starter for the Trojans, the first two being at left guard. That experience and versatility would add more depth to an already strong offensive line.
Jared Abbrederis: WR, Wisconsin
Like Dietrich-Smith, wide receiver James Jones also left the Packers during free agency. That leaves the Packers with Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, and Jarrett Boykin as the most experienced wideouts for Aaron Rodgers to throw to. That’s why drafting Abbrederis makes sense. Abbrederis has the speed to develop into the deep threat that Jones was. In a run heavy offense, Abbrederis was able to gain over 1,000 yards in his senior season, along with seven touchdowns. The Packers need another offensive playmaker, and this former Badger could be the guy.
DaQuan Jones: DT, Penn State
With B.J Raji only signing a one year deal during the offseason, and Ryan Pickett entering his 14th season, the Packers need to add more depth to the defensive line. Jones is 6-foot-3, 323 pounds, and has started to last two seasons. Along with three sacks, Jones had 53 tackles, including 11.5 tackles for loss. The Packers need more meat on the defensive line, and Jones would be a nice pickup.
Tre Boston: CB/S, North Carolina
One of the main needs for the Packers is the safety spot. While there have been talks of Micah Hyde moving to safety, the way the Packers have been bitten by the injury bug over the past few years is why they need to keep adding depth to the defense. Boston has good pass coverage skills, as seen by his five interceptions last year. The Packers need a safety and Boston would help fill the void.
Andre Hal: CB, Vanderbilt
With Hyde’s possible move to safety, the Packers are going to need more cornerbacks. Hal had three interceptions in his senior year at Vandy and totaled 48 tackles. If the Packers decide to go this way, they would again be trying to find another gem from Vanderbilt. Former Commodore Casey Hayward led the team in interceptions during his rookie season, but missed most of last year due to injuries. If Hal could equal Hayward’s production, the Packers’ secondary will become very dangerous.
Alden Darby S, Arizona State
With the offense being so stacked, defense has to be the main goal for Ted Thompson on draft day. In his three years as a starter, Darby was able to snag 10 interceptions and have 202 tackles. Considering how weak the Packers were at safety last year, drafting more than one would be a good way to solve the problem.
Devin Street WR, Pittsburgh
A quarterback can never have too many targets. Devin Street has the stats to show he could make an impact in the NFL. As a senior at Pitt, Street was able to put up strong numbers, catching 51 passes for 854 yards and seven touchdowns. Street could be that fifth wide out for the “five wide out sets” the Packers like to run and could be asked to fill a role like Jarrett Boykin did last year, if the situation arises.
Three days months of debating and mocking will be decided next Thursday. After those three days in New York City, the quest for the Lombardi Trophy will be underway.