Jerel Worthy #99 of the Michigan State Spartans celebrates a defensive play against the Northwestern Wildcats at Ryan Field in Evanston, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
It's been a while since we've done one of these, so I thought I'd go around the internet, round up some mock drafts, and see who everyone has the Green Bay Packers selecting. I went to six different sources, and I was able to find six different picks for the Pack. This is a bit of an inexact science, as you can tell. I tried to find a good spread, from big name mainstream media outlets to intelligent independent folks.
Our own Ryan Van Bibber is sticking with his Worthy pick from previous mocks.
I doubt you could make the case that the Packers' defensive front ruined their date with inevitability, but they were a particularly weak link in a disappointing defense. Worthy adds strength to the group. His upside as a pass rusher may be limited, but he should at least help in that department.
Having seen Branch quite a few times this year and reading about his workout performances, I'm pretty confident that he'll make the transition to standing up without a problem.
With the Packers losing center Scott Wells to St. Louis, Wisconsin center Peter Konz still has to be on Green Bay's radar screen in this slot. But I would imagine the Packers think finding a play-making 3-4 outside linebacker prospect is more difficult than replacing Wells.
Could he start rushing off the edge? Is he an A.J. Hawk replacement? Is this all nonsense?
Hightower is a "plus" run defender who can be used as a blitzer inside or a pass rusher off the edge. His versatility on third down gives the Packers even more options in pressure situations.
Kevin Seifert wasn't around for this exercise and doesn't seem to agree with his colleagues' selection.
In my absence, ESPN.com colleagues chose Konz, the draft's top center, knowing that veteran Jeff Saturday is likely a one-year bridge from departed starter Scott Wells. General manager Ted Thompson will almost certainly draft a center, but he might wait until a later round knowing he has 2012 insurance in Saturday. (Kevin Seifert)
I still think that Perry's better off going to a 4-3 team that is going to play him with his hand in the ground. I think he's actually pretty similar to the Eagles' DEs and would make a great 9-technique.
USC's Nick Perry played defensive end in college and racked up 29.5 tackles for a loss and 21.5 sacks in three seasons but he could also transition to outside linebacker in an odd front at the next level. However, regardless of where Perry lines up there is no denying that he is one of the most explosive edge pass rushers in this draft.
Reyes is talented, but a lot of people think he'd be a reach this high in the draft. Here's Dane Brugler.
Reyes is a ferocious lineman with the ideal skill-set to transition to the five-technique position. He was among the top performers at the Combine with 36 reps of 225 pounds on the bench, an impressive for a player with 33" arms.
Who's your favorite of the six for the Packers? Or do you want someone else totally different? Sound off below.
Who's the best pick for the Pack?
Jerel Worthy (135 votes)
Dont'a Hightower (244 votes)
Kendall Reyes (105 votes)
Nick Perry (356 votes)
Andre Branch (245 votes)
Peter Konz (148 votes)
All of the above-cited articles are nonsense (170 votes)
1403 total votes