January 28, 2012; Mobile, AL, USA; South Squad wide receiver Juron Criner (82) of Arizona makes a touchdown catch in the fourth quarter while defended by North Squad defensive backs George Iloka (18) of Boise State and Donnie Fletcher (24) of Boston College during the Senior Bowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-US PRESSWIRE
The Green Bay Packers are expected to select either an outside linebacker or a defensive lineman in the first round, but what they do in the second round is anyone's guess. They might take whichever one of DL/LB they didn't take in the first, or they might deviate from that path entirely if they feel the best football players available play other positions.
We won't be able to make great 2nd round projections until late tonight, when the first round concludes, but there are already some good 2nd round mock drafts out there. Both Rob Rang and Dane Brugler at CBS's NFL Draft Scout updated their second round mocks today, and both have the Green Bay Packers taking defensive backs in the second round.
Explanations for both picks can be found below the jump.
The Packers are a team with few obvious holes -- free safety could be one. If three-time Pro-Bowler Nick Collins be unable to return after a severe neck injury sidelined him last season, Iloka offers rare size for the position and is versatile having lined up all over the Boise defensive backfield throughout his career
Green Bay's secondary wasn't as effective last year as it was in 2010 and Charles Woodson might make a better safety these days.
It's also worth noting, in case of a trade down from No. 28 or a trade up from No. 59, that there are a lot of good front seven guys projected early in the 2nd, depending on the mock, that could be good fits for a 3-4. Those players are: Devon Still, Andre Branch, Vinny Curry, Bruce Irvin, Kendall Reyes, Jared Crick.
Do you want Iloka or Johnson, or do you thing a front seven player is going to be a better value?