The SB Nation Mock Draft is back on track over at Mocking The Draft, and I get to pick the Packers 2nd round pick shortly. In the 1st round, I selected Florida State OLB Everette Brown, so no linebacker in round 2. GM Ted Thompson rarely, if ever, drafts players at the same position in back-to-back rounds. Based on little research, and even less insight, here are the five players I'm considering in the 2nd round:
Arizona OT Eben Britton. He's a tall tackle with long arms, and he started a lot in college. He's projected in many mock drafts as a 1st round pick, but he's slipped in our mock draft. He would be thrown into the mix at right tackle if RT Mark Tauscher isn't resigned, or isn't able to start every game next season as he recovers from his ACL tear. An eventually replacement for LT Chad Clifton.
Rutgers WR Kenny Britt. I'm required to put one WR on the list because Thompson has drafted a receiver in the 2nd or 3rd round in every draft since 2005. Britt doesn't have blazing speed, but Frank Cooney at NFLDraftScout.com says "he is most impressive after the catch" which has become a trademark of the Packers' receivers over the last two seasons.
Oklahoma State TE Brandon Pettigrew. A good value pick if he falls to the Packers spot. There is no glaring need at tight end, but a 260 lb. plus player who can block, catch, and has 4.8 speed is something special for a player his size.
Georgia Tech DE/OLB Michael Johnson. Didn't I just say Thompson won't select another linebacker? But a 6'7" 266 lb. college DE who has the athletic ability to play outside linebacker is just too tempting. I suspect defensive coordinator Dom Capers could find ways to use both Johnson and Brown together on the same side of the field.
Oregon SS Patrick Chung. He started over 50 games in college and has played at safety and cornerback. He doesn't fill a glaring need, but he would come in handy if FS Nick Collins or SS Atari Bigby bolt in free agency in a couple years.
This is a tough spot for the Packers to draft; they could use a big defensive tackle, a big defensive end, or even a big running back to push RB Ryan Grant after his disappointing 2008 season, but there aren't any players like that available at the top of the 2nd round who haven't already been taken in our mock draft. What do you think?