The Green Bay Packers do not have a lot of horrifying, glaring needs, but they're far from a perfect team. They could use a bit of help at almost every position on the field. This, combined with Ted Thompson's general philosophy of sticking to the board rather than drafting for need, has unsurprisingly produced a lot of mock drafts with different ideas about the direction the Packers are going in with their first pick.
Without further ado, your mock draft roundup for the week. Note: NFL.com (Pick: Manti Te'o), NFL Draft Countdown (Pick: Zach Ertz), and National Football Post (Pick: Lane Johnson) have not updated their mock drafts.
The Packers need a new attitude in the middle of their defense after they were completely gashed by the San Francisco 49ers. Kevin Minter brings some fire, advanced play recognition and the athleticism to play sideline to sideline.
The depth of Green Bay's offensive line has been sorely tested in 2012 with injuries to former first-round picks Bryan Bulaga and Derek Sherrod. The interior was steadier, especially since Evan Dietrich-Smith took over at center but the Packers' inability to protect Aaron Rodgers played a critical role in their loss to San Francisco. There is no simpler way to put it: the Packers offensive line lacks toughness and physicality - two of Fluker's most impressive traits.
Can anyone explain why Jeff Saturday was voted to the Pro Bowl? He didn't even start at the end of the season. The Packers had major problems at center after letting Scott Wells walk away, so they'll have to address that area this spring. Ted Thompson will like Jonathan Cooper's versatility, as the North Carolina product can play all three interior positions.
While not the Packers' primary need, when a value like this is presented to Ted Thompson, he does not look away. While Jenkins won't do much himself to help the Packers' pass rush, his "un-blockiveness" (making up a word) will necessitate the attention of two offensive linemen, which is a DL's job in the 3-4. Against the run, he will be every bit the run stuffer Ryan Pickett is, who happens to be in the last year of his contract. Jenkins surprised many scouts at the Senior Bowl with the quickness he displayed for a man so large. That quickness has allowed him to play both inside and outside in Georgia's 3-man front, the type of versatility the Packers love in their DL. With BJ Raji and Jenkins on the same DL, the Packers linebackers will be freed up to do what 3-4 linebackers do - make plays.
Who do you want to see the Packers take?