U MAD, Team Still? A month or two ago, it seemed to me like the popular opinion was that the Green Bay Packers were either going to select a pass rushing outside linebacker or Peter Konz with the 28th overall pick in the NFL Draft. As the date approaches, though, there seems to be almost a consensus that the two-way defensive tackles/3-4 defensive ends offer more value than the 3-4 outside linebackers that will be available at No. 28, and I tend to agree.
There are going to be, in my opinion, multiple tackle/3-4 end prospects available at No. 28 who are first round talents. One of them is likely to be Michigan State defensive tackle Jerel Worthy, who I wrote about a couple of days ago. In their latest mock drafts, both Peter King and Don Banks of Sports Illustrated are projecting that the Packers will select Worthy.
You can check out the explanations of both Banks and King after the jump.
Here's Banks' mock draft, and here's what he had to say.
"The Packers stay true to the value of their draft grades, and Worthy is likely to be the highest-rated player available at No. 28. He'd bounce outside to defensive end in Green Bay's 3-4, and hopefully make everyone in Titletown forget Cullen Jenkins."
That is some extremely high praise. King's mock draft is a little bit different. He makes his picks based on what he think teams should do, but also notes who he thinks they should pick.
"Worthy would be the long-term replacement for Cullen Jenkins, though I could see G.M. Ted Thompson going for a big-potential outside threat like Nick Perry or Shea McClellin as a bookend pass rusher for Clay Matthews. Martin is the kind of versatile cold-weather back who would fit the Pack perfectly. 'He's this draft's Ray Rice,' one personnel man told me."
It's worth noting that all of Devon Still, Nick Perry, Shea McClellin and Andre Branch were available when Banks and King projected Worthy to Green Bay. Do you agree that Worthy's the best pick of the bunch? And what do you make of Doug Martin? I feel forced to do a profile on him before the draft starts tomorrow, I guess I hadn't thought about the possibility of taking a running back in the first round until reading this. I have no idea how to feel about it.