I am by no means a draftnik. I leave that to those with
no life a burning passion for the annual player selection process. Oh, I am an interested observer, no doubt. And when the draft is on, it's hard to get me away from the television (much to the wife's chagrin...) but I have to laugh at the literally thousands of mock drafts that pop-up all over the internet and in newspapers and magazines nationwide in the months leading up to the big weekend.
Basically, there's only one mock I try to find every year, because every year he nails the Packer pick.
And that is none other than Mike Mayock, resident draft guru for the NFL Network.
Mayock isn't perfect. No draftnik is. But he has been uncanny in his ability to predict who the Packers will select, dating back to his first year on the air when he had Ahmad Carroll going to the Packers in the first round, which set himself up as a target for much derision from the likes of Mel Kiper Jr. (With whom he now shares a not-so-friendly rivalry.) And this year Mayock has the Packers taking Sam Baker from USC. He played tackle for the Trojans, but according to Mayock could easily play guard for McCarthy. Also of note is the fact that Ted Thompson was the only GM in attendance at USC's pro day. (Hat tip: PackersNews)
Now take this for what it's worth - which is not much. No doubt his mock will change more than once between now and draft weekend. But Mayock is right more often than most when it comes to the Packers (my guess is that he has connections somewhere in the organization) and he has proven himself a shrewd judge of talent overall.
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