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Packers Select Brandon Thompson in Second Round of #MockFour

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Packers Select Brandon Thompson in Second Round of #MockFour

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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FITZCORE1252's EVO's picture

I like those first two picks, infusing legit talent with need.

GBP 4 LIFE

packsmack25's picture

I really hope the draft doesn't play out like this.

packsmack25's picture

And I'm not criticizing your picks, just won't like it if the draft falls this way. I'd rather have Gilmore and Crick is all.

BubbaOne's picture

I read Thompson and Minnefield each have a bad wheel.

Don't know your other options but would have considered George Iloka.

Brian Carriveau's picture

Not a fan of Iloka at all. In four years, he was not a big-play guy at Boise, not a big tackle guy. Average measurables. Very stiff and not very fluid compared to other safeties. He's a late-round guy in my opinion. But I've been wrong before.

BubbaOne's picture

I thought I was wrong once but I was mistaken...nyuk, nyuk.

Yea, who knows for sure. The Huddle report has a 1st round grade on Iloka. Still don't think I'd go Thompson probably would go w/ DB, Jamell Fleming or Josh Robinson, OT, or A.J Jenkins.

Good DL help available in rounds 3-5: Derek Wolfe, Malik Jackson, Billy Winn et al.

Brian Carriveau's picture

Shhh, don't tell anyone, but I'm hoping Wolfe slides to us in round three.

packsmack25's picture

You mean round 4?

ted, of bill and ted's picture

i'm cool with malik, he'll need to add a few pounds

not a wolfe fan, Brian what do you see in him that you like?

Brian Carriveau's picture

Wolfe has had big-time sack production in college, on par with the best pass-rushing defensive lineman in this year's draft class. I'm not sure any have more career sacks. He's been very healthy throughout his career and he's a high-character person and weight room junkie. And Cincinnati always performs better than expectations.

ted, of bill and ted's picture

ok, i can see it. on film he looks like he has issues getting off blocks, and i doubt he has much upside, but i'm open to all the competition at d-line we can get!

ted, of bill and ted's picture

to balance out packsmack's comment, this is my dream draft so far!

brewster in the third, brandon taylor in the fourth! keep 'em coming brian and zach!

BubbaOne's picture

glad you're not ted, of ted and thompson...nyuk, nyuk.

ted, of bill and ted's picture

lmao

ted, of bill and ted's picture

p.s. i hadn't read that about thompson (although i had read that about minniefield)

thompson has a clean injury history as far as i knew...

BubbaOne's picture

I couldn't find the posting of it which also listed some other drawback. And the Huddle Report has a 4th round grade on him, thinks he could be good but right now a developmental DT, not worthy of going in 2.

Cole's picture

Now snag Derek Wolfe in the third.

Lars's picture

Now get Brandon Thompson (LSU) to replace Collins at safety in the third.

packsmack25's picture

Collins will be back.

ted, of bill and ted's picture

brandon taylor*

packsmack25's picture

Malik Jackson or Josh Norman next!

BubbaOne's picture

Yup.

packsmack25's picture

Nevermind, they're both gone. I really hate the way this is playing out.

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