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Packers mock draft: Options for the front seven

SB Nation NFL draft guru Dan Kadar has the Packers selecting Mississippi State's Benardrick McKinney.

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The 2015 NFL combine starts in just one week. As such, how teams like the Green Bay Packers rate the available players will change, perhaps significantly, in a short amount of time. But before that happens, we have another mock draft to pour over from Dan Kadar of SB Nation's Mocking the Draft.

This week, Dan provides not only a player for every first round pick, but also backup options that the team may consider.

At pick 30, Dan once again has the Packers selecting Mississippi State middle linebacker Benardrick McKninney. McKinney fits an obvious need for Green Bay, so obvious that Dan couldn't bring himself to select another player. Here's what he said about McKinney this time around:

The Packers have struggled to find consistency at middle linebacker, rolling through various players last season before moving Clay Matthews inside. McKinney is somewhat of a raw athlete at this point, but all of the tools are there for him to become a playmaker.

Dan also suggested UCLA defensive tackle Ellis McCarthy and Oregon defensive tackle Arik Armstead. Both are tall, massive linemen that would slot in at defensive end in the Packers 3-4 base defense. McCarthy might also be able to play some nose tackle.

Jason B. Hirschhorn covers the Green Bay Packers for Acme Packing Company. He also serves as an SB Nation newsdesk contributor and NFL writer for Sports on Earth.