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2012 NFL Mock Draft: Shea McClellin Becoming A Popular Pick For Green Bay Packers

McClellin is shooting up draft boards
McClellin is shooting up draft boards

Either the media is making things up or is slowly discovering things about teams' draft boards that they did not know a month ago. Boise State defensive end/outside linebacker Shea McClellin was once thought of as a late 2nd-early 3rd round pick, but he's been shooting up in mock drafts even though no one has any new measurables or any new tape to break down. Some mainstream writers now have McClellin going to the Green Bay Packers at No. 28 overall.

Some of the mock drafts included in our last mock draft round-up are not included because they haven't updated. I went and sought out a few new voices for this edition of the mock round-up.

SB Nation has Jerel Worthy to the Packers

This isn't a bad pick at all. Worthy is a talented player who fills a need. But can Ted Thompson really pass on all of Andre Branch, Nick Perry, Shea McClellin and Whitney Mercilus? Surely he likes one of them enough to fill the OLB spot if they all fall.

Worthy has the talent to be picked further up the board than this, but questions about his consistency have pushed down his draft stock. Green Bay could be getting a great value, assuming they can keep the fire under him lit. He could certainly improve their defensive front.

More mocks after the jump.

Rob Rang at NFL Draft Scout thinks Nick Perry is the pick

Rang has both Branch and Mercilus going well before the Packers pick and thinks Perry is a good fit for their pass rush.

The biggest difference between the 2010 Packers that won the Super Bowl and the 2011 team that lost in the divisional round of the playoffs was the team's dropoff last season in pass rush. Green Bay finished tied for second in the NFL with 47 sacks in 2010 but dropped to a four-way tie for 27th in the league last year with just 29. To put that into perspective, the Packers produced just six more sacks than the last-placed Bucs and just one more than the 31st ranked Titans. Perry emerged as a star defensive end for the Trojans in 2011 but is viewed by some as a better fit at outside linebacker. with the first of three mocks projecting McClellin to Green Bay

You're going to hear a lot of this in the next week and a half.

McClellin projects to outside 3-4 linebacker in the NFL after playing as an undersized defensive end in college. He's climbing into the late first round on some teams' boards, and seems a nice fit for the Packers, who seek an upgraded pass rush opposite Clay Matthews.

Charley Casserly says the same thing in less words

Clay Matthews needs a wing man in the worst way.

FOX's Peter Schrager is also on the McClellin bandwagon

McClellin is the guy I have rising rapidly up my draft board. He wasn't the biggest high school recruit and never was the most heralded NFL prospect at Boise State, but his senior season was a monstrous one. He had 12 1/2 tackles for a loss and seven sacks and contributed on 50 tackles. He's an active defender who could be the other 3-4 OLB so sorely needed in Dom Capers' Green Bay defense.

I mean, I don't understand how your draft board can be changing drastically right now, but whatevs.

Who do you like for the Packers?