Big boards are set and the 2014 NFL Draft is just a few hours away. Here is the final edition of the Green Bay Packers 7-Round Mock Draft:
Round 1 (#21 overall): C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama
No surprise with this pick. Mosley is the best inside linebacker in the draft and is a perfect fit for the Packers at 21. He fills a need for a team that struggled to defend the run last year (25th in the NFL) and was the vocal leader of one of the most fearsome defenses in college football. Mosley is a top 10 talent, but will fall in the draft based on durability concerns. He has all the physical tools to be an elite linebacker for many years.
Round 2 (#53 overall): Jarvis Landry, WR, LSU
Aaron Rodgers already has two viable options at receiver in Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb, but the addition of Landry would make this offense nearly unstoppable. Landry has huge hands (10 1/4 inches) and should remind fans of a former lovable Packer out of Western Michigan, Greg Jennings.
Round 3 (#85 overall): Troy Niklas, TE, Notre Dame
The cousin of 4-time pro bowler Clay Matthews, Niklas checks in at 6-foot-6 and 270 pounds and would be a huge upgrade over the Packers’ current tight ends. Jermichael Finley never truly lived up to his potential and suffered a potentially career-ending neck injury last year. Finley wasn’t resigned this offseason after he failed a physical, so the Packers desperately need a tight end that can be a redzone target and contribute in the passing game.
Round 3 (#98 overall- compensatory): Deone Bucannon, S, Washington State
The Packers biggest need might be at the safety position, but they might not find value until the 3rd round. General Manager Ted Thompson has made it clear that he will select the best player available, rather than need-based draft picks, so don’t expect the Packers to reach for a safety if Pryor or Clinton-Dix don’t fall to them in the first round. Bucannon is a hard-hitting safety that has a nose for the ball and can contribute right away to a suspect secondary.
Round 4 (#121 overall): Daniel McCullers, DT, Tennessee
This guy is just plain big. At 6-7, 352 pounds, McCullers is a force to be reckoned with in the middle of the defense and would be a significant help to a below average defensive line. He is a perfect fit for Dom Capers’ 3-4 scheme and could pressure B.J. Raji to return to his pre-2012 form as a formidable nose tackle.
Round 5 (#161 overall): Ross Cockrell, CB, Duke
In 2013, Cockrell was elected to the All-ACC first team for the second consecutive year. Cockrell’s anticipation and awareness help make up for his lack of size. He could be a great fit as a nickel back, as he tends to get pushed around by bigger wide receivers.
Round 5 (#176 overall-compensatory): Russell Bodine, OL, North Carolina
Bodine impressed scouts at the combine when he had 42 reps on the bench press (6 more than the next best). The Packers have a huge question mark at center considering no one on their current roster has any significant experience playing center at the professional level. Although Mike McCarthy seems to have a lot of unproven faith in J.C. Tretter, last year’s 4th round pick, Bodine would have a chance to compete for the starting role in 2014.
Round 6 (#197 overall): Derrell Johnson, OLB, East Carolina
After making the transition to a 3-4 stand-up outside linebacker in 2011, Johnson showed that he was an aggressive and high-motor pass rusher. At 260, he could afford to lose a few pounds, but the four-year starter could have an immediate impact as an edge rusher.
Round 7 (#236 overall): David Fales, QB, San Jose State
After Rodgers went down in 2013, the Packers had a revolving door at backup quarterback. McCarthy has made it clear that he doesn’t want to find himself in that situation again and plans to bring four quarterbacks into training camp. Fales was prolific in two years at San Jose State and could be a great fit in the Packers’ adjusted West Coast offensive scheme.