With the selection of Clemson's Brandon Thompson in the second round of the #MockFour internet mock draft, the Packers add depth to the defensive line and fill a need all at the same time.
Playing the part of Packers general manager, Zach Kruse and I were surprised Thompson fell as far as he did in the second round. He was our unanimous choice as the best player available, and we think he provided great value with the 59th overall selection in the Draft.
The one hesitation we have is that Thompson's pass-rush production has been merely average during his college career, and what the Packers could really use is a better pass rush than they did in 2011.
That being said, Thompson's pass rush isn't poor, he's just not the type of guy that's a threat to get double-digit sacks in a season.
What Thompson brings to the table is the ability to be a good run stuffer and can be a three-down player at the next level. He'll play the five-technique (lined up over the offensive tackle) in the base 3-4 defense and then shift inside on passing downs.
There's a line of thinking that Thompson took pressure off of other highly rated pass rushers from Clemson such as DeQuan Bowers in 2010 and Andre Branch in 2011. And if he can do that for players like B.J. Raji and Clay Matthews in Green Bay, that would be great.
Thompson also fits the bill for being a "Packer person" with high character and was a team captain at Clemson.
Other players I considered with the 58th pick were Mississippi tackle Bobby Massie and Virginia cornerback Chase Minnifield.
The Packers #MockFour draft so far...
1.28––Alabama linebacker Dont'a Hightower
2.28––Clemson defensive lineman Brandon Thompson
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