2013 NFL Draft: Mock Draft Roundup, Week of January 28th

Jared Wickerham

Several big-name players are linked to the Packers in the mock drafts published over the past week.

Another week gone by means that another slate of mock drafts have been published, and we have a ton of new players projected to the Packers with the 26th overall pick. This week's mocks see players from a variety of different positions plugged in at that spot, but there's a common thread: the Packers need to get better in the trenches.

Tyler Eifert (TE, Notre Dame) - The Phinsider
The SBNation blog for the Miami Dolphins projects a great tight end prospect to Green Bay, something that would surprise but not disappoint me.

Jonathan Cooper (G/C, North Carolina) - WalterFootball.com
I see an interior OL prospect as still being more likely for the Packers in round 2 than in round 1, but Cooper is a very intriguing prospect and would get a long look if he falls to 26.

D.J. Fluker (T, Alabama), Alec Ogletree (OLB, Georgia) - CBSSports.com
The last three NFL drafts have seen the Packers take two tackles and a linebacker in the first round. CBS Sports' analysts think those positions will be where the Packers focus once again.

Manti Te'o (ILB, Notre Dame) - NFL.com
This is the first time I've actually heard Te'o as our projected pick. While my gut reaction was "OMG NO", I settled down and realized that it would be a good pick in terms of both value and need.

Eddie Lacy (RB, Alabama) - SBNation.com
The mothership just updated their mock draft today and someone finally has projected a running back to go to the Packers. I would not be opposed to this pick, but I still have a very hard time seeing Ted Thompson actually draft a running back in the first round.

I think that all of these picks would satisfy needs on the Packers' roster. There's also a lot of value in many of these picks, and I think many of these mock drafters did a great job of identifying the Packers' philosophy of drafting for value rather than overcommitting to a certain position of need. Personally, I'm a little hesitant to think that Ted Thompson would draft a tight end or running back in the first round. I think based on the value that's likely to be there at the end of the first round we'll end up with a player who spends more time in the trenches.

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