Melina Vastola-US PRESSWIRE
No mock draft that we could find this week has identical players projected to the Packers. Some of this week's projections will likely cause some frustration or angst in the team's fandom.
Monday has come and gone, so we have another slate of mock drafts to analyze, disagree with, and generally complain about. Nobody can agree on a player for the Packers to take, but nobody seems to agree on even the position or which side of the ball the team will look to address with their first-round pick. We begin with our own SBNation mock draft, which will likely cause the most frustration of all.
SBNation (Mocking the Draft): ILB Manti Te'o, Notre Dame
The Packers' linebacker issues were on full display in the team's playoff loss to the 49ers. Manti Te'o fits the 3-4 scheme and would be lucky to land in such a strong locker room and small market.
Well, here we are again. With LSU's Kevin Minter and Georgia's Alec Ogletree still on the board, the Mocking the Draft guys chose to send Te'o to Green Bay. The problem for me is the depth that still remains available at defensive line in this mock; Johnathan Hankins of Ohio State and John Jenkins from Georgia are still out there, as is UCLA's Datone Jones. I'd be a much bigger fan of bringing Brad Jones back and drafting any of those three over Te'o at this spot.
In Brooks' latest mock, which was updated yesterday as well, he has the hard-hitting Florida safety headed to Green Bay. Elam seems like a solid player, albeit a little small to cover the the bigger, more athletic tight ends across the NFL, but I could see the Packers going with Elam - in the second round. Give me Hankins or Jenkins once again.
This one strikes me as coming totally out of left field. With Bryan Bulaga, Marshall Newhouse, Derek Sherrod, and Don Barclay all likely to take up roster spots at tackle, I don't really understand this selection at all. I suppose many scouts see Pugh as a guard rather than a tackle, which could allow the Packers to move T.J. Lang around, but the need and value both seem to be lacking here. Hell, Bjoern Werner is still on the board at 26 in this mock - does anyone really believe Ted would pass up on him to get another offensive linemen when he doesn't seem to fit?
Now we're starting to see picks that I can understand. Sure, he fits the same need as Te'o, but I still like Ogletree's skill set better and I'd like to think that he can get himself turned around in Green Bay.
Here's another solid pick that I can get on board with, especially if the Packers were to consider moving Brown inside.