Again, a happy draft day to everyone. One last time, we have a round-up of a variety of mock drafts and who they're projecting the Packers to take. This list does not include Todd McShay or Mel Kiper's mocks, who we have already posted on, and DraftTek's, who we included in an upcoming 7-round mock post. Let's mock.
It has been 26 years since a running back was selected in the first round by the Green Bay Packers but perhaps no position could change the Packers' fortunes as quickly as an improved running game. Lacy didn't run well at his Pro Day but the tape proves his talent as a runner, receiver and pass-catcher.
Werner lacks the pure speed and explosion of an elite edge pass rusher but is still able to terrorize opposing backfields thanks to his strength and relentless motor. Some question whether Werner is athletic enough to make the move to outside linebacker after playing defensive end in college but those same concerns were raised with Ryan Kerrigan. Werner would be a nice replacement for Erik Walden in Green Bay, setting the edge against the run with last year's first rounder Nick Perry coming in on passing downs.
The Packers want to get more physical. Adding an aggressive, big hitting safety is a nice start.
Jermichael Finley has never become the premier tight end that many though he would and Eifert has the athleticism, size and receiving skills to be an impact player right away.
GM Ted Thompson has a preference for big, athletic back-end defenders. Reid is an impressive physical specimen with a game that is ideally suited for the pros.
The Packers offensive line in general has to be upgraded, and Watson would seem the proverbial best available player in this scenario. A former basketball player and boxer, Watson played right tackle at FSU, but is seen as capable of developing into a starter on either side.
The Packers set their secondary up with versatile players who do different things against passing attacks inside the numbers. Not only is Cyprien a dynamic hitter, but he also covers from sideline to sideline in deep coverage. One of the most underrated and interesting players in the first round.
Packers GM Ted Thompson is one of those draft savants who masterfully manipulates the process. He can wait to get a running back (Eddie Lacy?), safety (Matt Elam? Eric Reid?) or linemen while adding picks and enabling the Bills to get Nassib, who seems destined for a reunion with coach Doug Marrone.
I think that last scenario is actually very likely. I'll be disappointed if I stay up tonight and we go and trade our pick, but I'll understand. I can definitely see a scenario in which Thompson doesn't love the value at 26 and someone's in love with a player they don't think they can get at the top of 2.
Later today, Tex will have a post with a poll asking who you think we should take.