Once again we have a new mock draft from the guys over at Mocking The Draft on SBNation, and this week's projections bring a new player to the Green Bay Packers. The draftniks today projected that Ted Thompson and company would draft edge rusher Bjoern Werner from Florida State. Here's their explanation:
We don’t like Bjoern Werner much as a linebacker, but the fact is teams have asked him about making the switch. The Packers need to find a way to get after the quarterback outside of Clay Matthews. Nick Perry was drafted a year ago but spent his rookie season injured. This is a value pick for the Packers.
I agree with their first statement here. In fact, I agree with it so much that I think it would make the Packers stay away from Werner even if he did fall all the way down to 26. Making this pick seem even more unlikely to me is the fact that players like Jesse Williams of Alabama, John Jenkins of Georgia, and Datone Jones of UCLA are all still available and would be much better fits for the Packers' defense. I know that Ted drafted a player in Nick Perry who had concerns about moving to linebacker, but with spending that pick last year and with several 3-4 linemen available, I can't see Werner coming to Green Bay.
Here are a few other picks of interest to Packers fans:
5. Detroit Lions: Eric FIsher, T, Central Michigan
This would be a great pick for the Lions, as Fisher is a local product and could instantly slide in as the starter at left tackle to replace the retiring Jeff Backus.
12. Miami Dolphins: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
This is the first time I can remember seeing Eifert projected in the top 15, but I think this landing spot is unlikely. Miami has too many other pressing needs to take a tight end at 12 overall.
19. New York Giants: Ziggy Ansah, DE, BYU
This would just add to the embarrassment of riches that the Giants have had on the defensive line in recent years. I don't see any way that Ansah slips out of the top 12 or so, but if he does he certainly won't get past the Giants.
20. Chicago Bears: Jonathan Cooper, G, North Carolina
Sure, the Bears signed Jermon Bushrod, but they certainly could use an interior lineman or two to help keep Jay Cutler upright. This would be a great pick for Chicago fans.
23. Minnesota Vikings: Arthur Brown, LB, Kansas State
Brown would probably play outside in the Vikings' 4-3 defense, and would be a nice piece to complement Chad Greenway and Erin Henderson.
25. Minnesota Vikings: DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson
I'm seeing a lot of good reports about Hopkins lately, and though he's not the biggest or fastest receiver in the class, he's one of the most consistent and certainly appears to have every tool necessary to be a successful receiver. I expect the Vikings to take a receiver with one of their two picks, and Hopkins would be a solid if not spectacular selection.