Now that we know the Packers have addressed defensive line in the first round of the draft and we know who’s still on the board, here’s a brief stab at what a Day 2 mock draft could look like in Green Bay…
Le’Veon Bell, Running Back, Michigan State (6-1, 230 lbs.)
By taking Bell, the Packers would be getting a bruising, physical power running back that fights for every yard he gets. While he’s not a home-run threat, Bell is the type of runner that’s not going short-change the offensive line. He’ll take what’s given to him, and as the nation’s leader in yards after contact in 2012, he’ll put the Packers in second-and-short and third-and-short situations. Then when it’s time to convert on third-and-1, Bell will bulldoze his way forward to keep the chains moving. He’d make a perfect complement to DuJuan Harris, and hopefully take some pressure off Aaron Rodgers and the passing game. Bell just has to make sure he can keep Rodgers upright when asked to pass block. Furthermore, he’s durable and doesn’t have any outstanding character question marks.
Earl Wolff, Safety, North Carolina State (5-11, 209 lbs.)
In his just his freshman season at N.C. State, Wolff became a part-time starter and then a full-time starter for his remaining three years. Over the course of his career, Wolff made 361 tackles, 12 or a loss, two sacks, six interceptions, 20 passes defensed and seven forced fumbles, so he has plenty of experience to rely upon. He’s a well-rounded safety able to play both the pass and the run, which will make him an interchangeable chess piece in the Packers secondary and a good complement to Morgan Burnett. Wolff is well-regarded as a leader, something the Packers could use now that Charles Woodson has departed.