I've read APC for just about as long as I can remember, but for some reason, I never bothered creating an account. At any rate, I've been keeping up with BDU's plethora of mock drafts and wanted to add one that I got on First-Pick recently; it doesn't seem too realistic, but, hey, that's First-Pick's fault, right? This is my first FanPost here, so please let me know if there's anything I can do better. I know that this post is lengthy, but I already had it written.
R2 (HOU) C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama: I am a big fan of Alabama players, and would be a supporter of either Mosley or Hasean Clinton-Dix in the first round. Clinton-Dix is off the board at this point, however, and the LB depth in this class is so-so; thus, Mosley is a pretty easy pick. He was supposed to be a top-ten pick going into draftnik season, but rumor is that his injury-marred career has some teams concerned, especially since that has been a problem for Bama defenders in the past. The other teams' loss is Ted Thompson's gain, however; Mosley can immediately step in next to A.J. Hawk to replace the sadly overmatched Brad Jones, providing instant impact at the center of the defense, in coverage and run support alike. He is a complete player who can act as a cornerstone for Dom Capers' latest defense.
R2 (WASH) Calvin Pryor, FS, Louisville: Moving back into the second round gave me plenty of ammo, so I use some of it to get the Packers a value at an absolute need position. Pryor is the most well-balanced safety of this year's class; he hits like a truck and does have enough speed to cover deep, which is where he'll probably be playing. He might not have the range or ball skills of Hasean Clinton-Dix or Jimmie Ward, but paired with Morgan Burnett, who will finally go back to his natural position in the box, Pryor will offer major help against vertical offenses like Detroit's and Chicago's. I do see some of Brandon Meriweather's uncalculated recklessness in him, and yes, it's hard to help a team if you're not on the field, but Pryor brings an enforcer's mentality along with his coverage abilities. This is the kind of attitude which the Pack's D needs.
R2 (SEA) Troy Niklas, TE, Notre Dame: This draft class is very good as far as tight ends are concerned. Somebody is going to spend an early pick on the freakish Eric Ebron out of UNC, and Jace Amaro and Austin Seferian-Jenkins figure to be dynamic playmakers as well. Perhaps the most complete tight end in this class, however, is Troy Niklas. The quarterback situation at South Bend wasn't exactly ideal (Tommy Rees, anyone?) but Niklas managed to flash athleticism, hauling in 32 passes in 2013. As most draft experts note, that number would have been much higher had Niklas been given a solid teammate under center. Niklas is also a more than willing blocker; in Green Bay, a number one tight end has to be able to contribute to the ground game (especially with the emergence of Eddie Lacy) and 'Hercules' can be an asset immediately. He is still a work in progress when it comes to certain facets of his game, but Niklas is exactly the type of receiver and blocker who Mike McCarthy and Ted Thompson could use to replace the tempermental Jermichael Finley.
R3 (HOU) Donte Moncrief, WR, Ole Miss: Once again, I get back-to-back picks, and here, I find a dynamic addition to the Packers' receiving corps. Green Bay produces receivers like a factory, and Jarrett Boykin stepped up admirably when both James Jones and Randall Cobb succumbed to injury. However, Jones is gone, and the Packers are presumably working out long-term deals for impending free agents Cobb and Jordy Nelson, so it's time to add a fourth receiver into the mix. Moncrief, though overshadowed by a star freshman in his last year as a Rebel, ran a brisk 4.40 at the Combine, putting that along side his 6'3" frame and more-than sufficient vertical jump (tied for 3rd at Indy.) Big Blue View, the Giants' SB Nation affiliate, has him at 54 on their draft board and considers him to be similar to Dallas star Dez Bryant (we have to assume that off-the-field issues aren't included) with a smaller catch radius but greater speed. Moncrief would immediately be a jump-ball asset in the redzone, and the sky seems to be the limit if a coaching staff helps him develop his routes and technique. Where better to do that than Green Bay?
R3 Travis Swanson, C, Arkansas: I'm not quite sure what the Packers did by letting incumbent Evan Dietrich-Smith sign a reasonable deal with Tampa Bay. This development means that Rodgers will have his fourth center in four years. This disturbing trend needs to come to an end. Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy seem to have a lot of faith in JC Tretter, who missed the entirety of his rookie year with a broken ankle suffered in training camp. Tretter is a converted left tackle (just like the rest of the Packers' starters) from Cornell who has yet to play a down in the NFL. It's clear that he has the build and intelligence to handle being Aaron Rodgers' center, but how the injury affects him is yet to be seen. Swanson, although he played in a man-blocking scheme in college, has the tools necessary to transfer into the Packers' zone scheme. He's a nasty finisher against the run and can anchor a line versus the pass as well. At a towering 6'5", Swanson provides the frame which the Packers apparently want in their interior linemen. Whether it's competing with Tretter for the starting job or providing quality depth, Swanson is a good pick here.
R3 (SF) Keith McGill, CB, Utah: the Packers have plenty of depth at corner, but hear me out. McGill has crazy size and speed; if his agility and coverage skills were up to that standard, he'd be the top corner in the draft. A 25-year-old prospect, McGill's length (6'3") makes press coverage an easy task, something which Dom Capers will appreciate in the increasingly aerial NFC North. He isn't great in deep coverage and needs safety help sometimes (see Calvin Pryor) but can be an excellent zone corner, and the value here is too great to pass up, especially when his ability to cover tight ends and wideouts alike is considered.
R3 (Comp) C.J. Fierdorwicz, TE, Iowa: This is way too many picks, but whatever, First-Pick gave them to me. The Packers don't have many tight ends (only Quarless and Bostick are on the roster right now) and Fierdorwicz can be an impact blocker from Day One. He's an underrated receiver; his size allows him to box out linebackers, and he could be a move-the-chains complement to Troy Niklas.
R4 (OAK) Kelcy Quarles, DT, South Carolina: The Packers take the lesser-known D-lineman from the University of South Carolina. Quarles has a good motor, combined with solid size and uncanny awareness. Quarles could be a situational moving piece in Capers' front; he has the versatility to play tackle and then shift to end at another point in the game.
R4 Jared Abbrederis, WR, Wisconsin: Fun story. I'm not a huge UW fan, but I've watched three or four games when there was nothing else on that night. Every time, it seemed like Abbrederis was making every play on offense. He's an underrated asset and could be an excellent slot player with development time, what with his route-running skills. He could be the Packers' fifth receiver, bringing back memories of that 2011-12 receiving corps.
R5 Aaron Murrray, QB, Georgia: I am a big Aaron Murray fan. Yes, he's undersized, and yes, he was inconsistent at UGA, but he put up good numbers in the SEC, has shown that he's a leader, and has underrated quickness a la Aaron Rodgers himself. Yes, a torn ACL may hurt that, but seeing that he was probably a Day Two pick before that injury, the value here is solid, as he competes with Matt Flynn and Scott Tolzien in a battle for two roster spots (my guess is that Flynn is re-signed and has one locked up.)
R5 (Compensatory) Anthony Steen, OG, Alabama: Steen was solid at Tuscaloosa, and could provide good situational depth for the Packers, seeing that they are need of backup guards. Plus, Steen is from Alabama, so he is accustomed to annual success. Why not Green Bay?
R6 Michael Sam, OLB, Missouri: Forget for a minute that Sam is the NFL's first openly gay prospect. What you have left over is the reigning SEC Defensive Player of the Year who might be a good candidate for the elephant position. He reportedly lacks the fluidity needed to play full-time outside 'backer, but a scheme which allows him to play with his hand in the ground at times probably gets the most out of his undeniable pass-rushing abilities. Combine that with a mature locker room, and Sam is a great situational pickup in Green Bay, where he can learn from Julius Peppers.
R7 Dri Archer, WR/RB/KR, Kent State: To be honest, I can't quite tell you what position Archer's going to end up playing in the NFL. In a way, that's why I'm comfortable adding a sixth 'receiver' in this draft. On offense, he could serve as a Swiss-Army knife (not unlike Randall Cobb), using his elusiveness out of the backfield and in the slot. His short statute and wiry build, however, make him an ideal target for the Kam Chancellors of the league. His best position is probably kick returner, where he can use his blazing speed to overwhelm cover teams. Cobb's value to the offense makes placing him on special teams a risky proposition, and Archer can compete with the promising Micah Hyde for return duties, while providing versatile support on offense.
There you have it. I'm usually not this long-winded, but it's a worthwhile subject, and since free agent hallucinations are a thing of the past, why not do the same thing with the draft? Feel free to comment below with comments/criticism!