It's hard to believe that the 2015 NFL Draft is a mere two and a half weeks away. Here at Acme Packing Company, our own mock draft has reached the back end of the first round. Things have progressed similarly for SB Nation's draft expert Dan Kadar, who released his latest mock draft earlier Monday. After several weeks of projecting LSU Jalen Collins to the Packers at the end of the first round, Kadar has the team going a different direction altogether.
At No. 30, Kadar has the Packers selecting UCLA linebacker Eric Kendricks. Those who've been following along recall Kendricks was the prediction early in the draft process but has since moved up in this and many other weekly mock drafts. Though undersized, Kendricks possesses above-average athleticism for the position, which many believe will make him, among other things, a solid coverage linebacker in the NFL.
Moving along to the 62nd selection, Kadar sees Green Bay taking Stanford cornerback Alex Carter. Carter is built similarly to the recently departed Davon House. He stands 6'0", 196 pounds and has great leaping ability (40" vertical). While he's not a burner, Carter has more than serviceable speed, making him the prototypical press corner the Packers prefer opposite the speedier Sam Shields.
Here's what Kadar had to say about both selections:
30. Green Bay Packers: Eric Kendricks, ILB, UCLA
The Packers obviously have a big need at inside linebacker. Kendricks has been gone in past mock drafts, but he's on the board here and the best inside linebacker in the draft, so it's an obvious choice.
62. Green Bay Packers: Alex Carter, CB, Stanford
I have some corners rated higher than Carter, but he fits the size the Packers like at the position better than players like Quinten Rollins and Ronald Darby.