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Packers Mock Draft 2013: McShay Projects Matt Elam to Packers

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It's mock draft-a-palooza today on APC, and one of ESPN's analysts thinks the Packers will fill a need on the back end.


The work of a draft-day analyst is never done, and Todd McShay of ESPN has released a new mock to reflect the first round after the Darrelle Revis trade. With the Jets now owning both the 9th and 13th picks of the first round, McShay is projecting playmakers on both offense and defense for New York.

But that's probably not why you're here. You're in all likelihood a Green Bay Packers fan, so here's McShay's pick for Green Bay at 26:

Matt Elam, Safety, Florida

I've been on the record as saying that I don't think safety is as pressing a need as defensive line, and I stand by that statement. I would be happier seeing defensive end Datone Jones as the pick - he went 29th to New England. There are a number of interesting projections now in this mock draft that will affect the Packers' selection.

First, McShay has tight end Tyler Eifert going sixth overall to the Cleveland Browns. That is easily the highest I have seen Eifert projected and would be a bit of a stunner as Cleveland is widely expected to draft defense early. McShay also has the Buffalo Bills picking quarterback Ryan Nassib at 8th overall, and did not put Geno Smith in his first round because of a decision to not factor in trades. Both are fascinating decisions, and if Geno is somehow still on the board at 26 I would think that Ted Thompson would have some good trade options to consider.

As for the other NFC North teams, here is who McShay has them drafting:

Detroit Lions (5): DE Ziggy Ansah
Chicago Bears (20): ILB Alec Ogletree
Minnesota Vikings (23): DT Sylvester Williams
Vikings (25): ILB Manti Te'o

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