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Packers mock draft: 2 rounds of defensive reinforcements

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Green Bay picks up TCU linebacker Paul Dawson and Clemson defensive lineman Grady Jarrett in the latest SB Nation mock draft.

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Free agency effectively begins later this week, but there remains plenty of draft topics to discuss. With the NFL Scouting Combine in the rearview mirror and pro days on the horizon, SB Nation's Dan Kadar has produced a two-round mock draft. At pick 30, he selects a familiar face for the Green Bay Packers.

TCU linebacker Paul Dawson had one of the most high profile face plants during the combine, running a 4.93 second 40-yard dash and producing a sub-30" vertical. However, his tape portrays a decisive, effective defender who could help the Packers' run defense. The Packers have taken non-elite athletes at linebacker before, though that tends to happen in the later rounds à la Sam Barrington in 2013.

Here's what Dan had to say about Dawson to the Packers:

30. Green Bay Packers: Paul Dawson, LB, TCU

Anyone who doesn't consider Dawson a first-round pick because of the combine is lazy. Just go watch the games and you'll see a linebacker who effortlessly moves around the field and makes a big impact. For the Packers, Dawson would help fix the troublesome inside linebacker spots while adding aggressiveness to the defense.

For the Packers' second round pick, Dan selected another player for the front seven, Clemson defensive tackle Grady Jarrett. At 6'1" and 304 pounds, Jarrett is built similarly to undersized 3-4 end Cullen Jenkins.

Here's what Dan had to say about Jarrett to the Packers:

62. Green Bay Packers: Grady Jarrett, DT, Clemson

The Packers need to add talent to the front of their defense, and there is a dramatic drop off in this mock after him.

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.