For one final time, Cheesehead TV provides a seven-round mock draft specifically for the Green Bay Packers.
Consider this the ying to Zach Kruse's yang. Whose do you like better? You won't hurt our feelings.
1.21 ILB RYAN SHAZIER, OHIO STATE
The Packers go with speed over power in selecting Shazier over Mosley. To be sure, Mosley is a weapon in his own right, but he doesn't have the quickness to shoot gaps, blitz and spy the quarterback or have the deep speed to run with tight ends down the seam that Shazier does. Shazier will need to be protected in order to be effective, and that will be the job of guys like B.J. Raji, Letroy Guion and Datone Jones up front. If they can free up Shazier to make plays, look out.
2.53 TE AUSTIN SEFERIAN-JENKINS, WASHINGTON
At 6' 5" Seferian-Jenkins becomes the tallest receiver on the Packers roster and probably signals the end of Jermichael Finley's run in Green Bay. Seferian-Jenkins takes over a similar role as a mobile tight end that can stretch the field and be a red-zone target. There are better blockers at the tight end position, but Seferian-Jenkins has the size to be an adequate blocker if he puts his mind to it. His arrest for DUI comes as a concern, but former Washington coach Steve Sarkisian speaks highly of his character and so far, it's been an isolated incident.
3.85 WR KEVIN NORWOOD, ALABAMA
Norwood would seem to be able to fill the shoes of James Jones rather capably. Like Jones, Norwood is a possession receiver with a knack for finding the end zone and having a rapport with his quarterback. With 4.48 speed in the 40-yard dash, he's also sneaky fast. While he played second-fiddle to Amari Cooper at Alabama, Norwood showed he can be the featured wideout at the Senior Bowl when he hauled in four passes for 53 yards and a touchdown. He's older than most rookies at 24 years old, but he's also ready to play immediately.
3.98 CB ANTONE EXUM, VIRGINIA TECH
Not unlike Micah Hyde a year ago, Exum feels as if he's a cornerback, but there's no shortage of observers that think he'll make a better safety, a position he played early in his career at Virginia Tech. At 6' 0" and 213 lbs., Exum definitely has the size to play safety. It was a trying senior season for the Virginia Tech product in 2013 coming off an ACL tear and then injuring his ankle after coming back, but when Exum was healthy as a junior, he was one of the best cornerbacks in the nation: 48 tackles, five interceptions, 16 pass break ups and two forced fumbles.
4.121 OL WESLEY JOHNSON, VANDERBILT
The ultimate jack of all trades, Johnson played tackle, guard and center in college and has the ability to play any of three in the NFL. He set a school record with 51 starts, the most in school history. And Johnson played a very high level, being named first-team All-SEC, the best conference in America, in 2013. He would provide instant competition to J.C. Tretter for the starting center position in Green Bay, and at the very least, be a versatile backup.
5.161 S MARQUESTON HUFF, WYOMING
The safety position is depleted in Green Bay, so the Packers take another player capable of adding depth. Another versatile defensive back, Huff played cornerback prior to switching to safety as a senior and could arguably play either position at the next level. Considered one of the best athletes to ever come out of Wyoming, Huff's 4.49 speed in the 40 showed he should be able to stay stride for stride with opposing receivers.
5.176 DL ANTHONY JOHNSON, LSU
Johnson was listed as being 310 lbs. as a freshman at LSU and believed to be even bigger. He weighed in at 308 lbs. at the Combine. Despite his size, Johnson still has good initial quickness that allowed him to make 22 career tackles for a loss at LSU. Nolan Nawrocki of NFL.com writes, "Character and stability need to be investigated," but if there's one place in the NFL that might bring out the best in Johnson, it could be in Green Bay where his cousin Eddie Lacy plays.
6.197 QB KEITH WENNING, BALL STATE
The Packers finally take their developmental fourth quarterback Mike McCarthy desires in the sixth round. The Packers should know Wenning plenty well after he made an official pre-draft visit to Green Bay. At 6' 3" and 218 lbs., Wenning has the ideal size for an NFL QB. He may have faced small-school competition in the MAC, but Wenning is as decorated as they come, holding school records for touchdowns and yards and directing 10 fourth-quarter comebacks in his career.
7.236 OLB KASIM EDEBALI, BOSTON COLLEGE
As a native of Germany, Edebali is still learning the game and just scratching the surface of what he could eventually become. As a senior, Edebali had the best year of his career, making 14 tackles for a loss and 8.5 sacks and should be able to build off that at the next level.
Photo: Washington tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins by Brian Carriveau.
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