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Packers mock draft: Green Bay selects Georgia LB Leonard Floyd

Leonard Floyd could become the long-term replacement for Julius Peppers.

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While the NFL Scouting Combine winds down, SB Nation's Dan Kadar released his latest mock draft. Once again, he sees the Green Bay Packers focusing on their defensive front with the selection of Georgia linebacker Leonard Floyd.

Floyd had a downright impressive combine performance. Though he did not participate in every drill, he did blaze a 4.60 40-yard dash. Combined with his near 40-inch vertical and 127-inch finish in the broad jump, Floyd confirmed what his tape shows: an explosive pass rusher that can bend the edge and disrupt the pocket on a consistent basis.

Some have compared Floyd to Denver Broncos linebacker DeMarcus Ware. Though Ware carried more weight coming out of Troy, both possess similar builds and have comparable movement skills. On the Packers, Floyd wouldn't need to lead the pass rush immediately, as Clay Matthews should return to the edge next season. Long term, the Georgia linebacker could replace 36-year-old Julius Peppers.

Here's what Kadar had to say about Green Bay's selection of Floyd in his mock:

27. Green Bay Packers: Leonard Floyd, OLB, Georgia

With the top inside linebackers all gone in this scenario, the Packers could look to add a pass rusher like Floyd. Nick Perry is a free agent, and has been inconsistent throughout his career. Floyd is a good athlete for a linebacker and showed at Georgia he can play all over the field.

Jason B. Hirschhorn covers the Green Bay Packers for Acme Packing Company. He also serves as an NFL writer for SB Nation and Sports on Earth and is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America.