CheeseheadTV Writers Predict the Packers Top 3 2017 NFL Draft Picks

Cheesehead TV writers predict the Packers' first three draft picks.  

Here they are:The official predictions from the CheesheheadTV staff of who the Green Bay Packers will select with their first three picks of the 2017 NFL Draft. Who will come out looking like our very own Mike Mayock? We'll find out soon enough...

 

Zachary Jacobson:

1. No. 29 - Joe Mixon, Oklahoma - Ted Thompson isn't going to draft a running back in the first round. But if he did, this is the guy you want. Maybe not from a moral standpoint, but that can be ironed out in due time.

2. No. 69 - Fabian Moreau, UCLA - Moreau is fast - really fast. The Packers need fast in their secondary and after last season, that won't be such a bad thing.

3. No. 93 - Derek Rivers, Youngstown St. - Yep. I think Rivers falls to round three. He's big and he'd be an edge rusher in Capers' 3-4. I think he'd be a great value pick at No. 93.

 

Michelle Bruton

1. T.J. Watt, EDGE, Wisconsin - Ted Thompson doesn't select a lot of players from Wisconsin, but Watt is a perfect fit in more ways than one. Watt's ferocious pass-rush abilities keep one of the Packers' biggest strengths a strength heading into 2017.

2. Teez Tabor, CB, Florida - Once potentially considered a late first-round talent, Tabor should safely be available for Green Bay in Round 2. He is an aggressive playmaker who could shore up the perimeter for the Packers.

3. Jaleel Johnson, DT, Iowa - The Iowa-Green Bay pipeline continues to run strong as the Packers pick up a starting-caliber 3-tech for their somewhat sparse defense.

 

Chris Wanless

1. T.J. Watt, Edge, Wisconsin - Many will view this as a reach, but a lot of upside and a good bloodline make the homegrown kid a real first round possibility for Green Bay.

2. Fabian Moreau, CB, UCLA - A burner with 4.35 speed and the ability to play tough at the line of scrimmage is just what the doctor ordered.

3. Samaje Perine, RB, Oklahoma - A bruiser with decent speed, Perine would add another element to the Packers offensive backfield. 

 

David Nicholson

1. Derek Rivers, DE/OLB, Youngstown St. - After seeing T.J. Watt and Takk McKinley relentlessly mocked to the Pack in round one, Thompson surprises us all by taking one of the best pure pass rusher in a deep class. Make no mistake: Rivers is worth a first-round pick.

2. Sydney Jones, CB, Washington - Jones is a first-round talent who fell victim to a horribly timed Achilles injury. Green Bay should be willing to play the long game with Jones, who is arguably the premier cover corner in the draft.

3. Taywan Taylor, WR, Western Kentucky - A surprise pick given Green Bay’s needs at running back and guard, Taylor actually makes sense. Why? He gets open. The Packers have struggled in back-to-back seasons to win early in the play, relying instead on a great pass-blocking offensive line and Rodgers’ ability to extend plays. With a super agile, quick-footed slot receiver like Taylor, the Pack would get a more explosive version of the very expensive Randall Cobb. 

 

Jason Perone

1. Malik McDowell, DT, Michigan State - I don't personally love this reach pick with questions about his motivation (think B.J. Raji), but this is a classic Ted Thompson round 1 selection.
 
2. Dion Dawkins, OT, Temple - Another classic Thompson move: a versatile OT who also looks to be able to slide inside and solidify depth at guard.

3. Ryan Anderson, OLB, Alabama - Good physical characteristics and a dog-like mentality as long as he can rein in his temperament and attitude.

 

Chris Peterson

1. Quincy Wilson. CB, Florida. - A big, pro-ready corner with decent speed. He can help the Packers right away and is a proven commodity.

2. Taylor Moton, OT/OG Western Michigan - The Packers love their guards to be converted tackles and Moton makes a lot of sense in that regard. He's athlete and could be a future starter at tackle, as well as a starter right now at guard.

3. Samaje Perine, RB, OU - The Packers need a power back and Perine would certainly fit the bill. RB's tend the fall a bit in the draft and if GB is lucky, the former Sooner will fall right in its lap.

 

Ross Uglem

1. TJ Watt, LB, Wisconsin - Thompson takes his edge rusher first, and Watt satisfies all of his athletic bench marks.  Watt and Matthews become interchangeable on the defense and the young Badger helps revitalize Matthews.

2. Cordrea Tankersley, CB, Clemson - Tankersly is a future #1 corner in the league, he just has the rest of this crazy deep cornerback class to contend with.  I'd love to mock my guy Fabian Moreau here, but someone will take him a few picks earlier to drive a stake into my heart.

3. Cooper Kupp, WR, E. Washington - Kupp is one of my favorite players in the draft. He's one of the best 5 wide receivers in this class, but a weak showing during the testing process drops him to round three, and the Packers get three starting caliber players in the first three rounds.  Kupp may be a 4.6 guy, but he will make up 2 tenths of a second in 40 time somewhere in the route.  He's also outstanding after the catch.

 

Kevin Mooney

1. TJ Watt, OLB, Wisconsin - See every mock draft out there. The Packers need a young, fresh force to rush the passer and free Clay Matthews to move around.

2. Cordrea Tankersley, CB, Clemson - Size, speed, winner.

3. Samaje Perine, RB, Oklahoma - Ty Montgomery can provide the quicks. Perine can thump. Eddie who?

 

Andrew Garda

1. Cordrea Tankersley, CB, Clemson - The Packers need a cornerback and Tankersley’s size, ball-skills and athleticism are very intriguing.

2. Jordan Willis, DE, Kansas State - While he has some rough edges, Willis has the build, speed off the snap and high motor NFL teams want and would be a strong fit in the Packers defense.

3. JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, USC - USC WRs make me a bit itchy but Smith-Schuster in round three would work. The Packers have prospects but no sure things and their main guys are aging and often banged up and the USC prospect is a big, physical receiver with good hands.

 

Cory Jennerjohn

1. T.J. Watt, Wisconsin - He has all the measurables and game tape to prove he is a legit NFL linebacker.

2. Tyus Bowser, Houston - He electrified everyone on the scouting circuit at the NFL Combine and could do the same in Green Bay.

3. Desmond King, Iowa - The Packers had plenty of issues concerning depth at DB last year and King could be a star as a slot corner.

 

Jersey Al

(see my full mock from this morning)

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"Jersey Al" Bracco is the Editor-In-Chief, part owner and wearer of many hats for CheeseheadTV.com and PackersTalk.com. He is also a recovering Mason Crosby truther.  Follow Al on twitter at @JerseyalGBP

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zoellner25's picture

April 27, 2017 at 01:28 pm

I have a gut feeling TT is gonna trade up.

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dobber's picture

April 27, 2017 at 01:37 pm

I think he's equipped to do so. Maybe the decidedly un-TT like offseason continues tonight. The questions are when?...and for whom?

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April 27, 2017 at 01:48 pm

The more Dallas talks Watt. I would. He will not have time to trade, if Dallas does take Watt. And TT has said he hates last minute gambles.

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4zone's picture

April 27, 2017 at 02:43 pm

Watt not a great fit for Dallas's 4-3 scheme. Don't think they want him.

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EdsLaces's picture

April 27, 2017 at 02:38 pm

Me 2 cause I gotta work at 1030 and I wanna see our pick !

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dobber's picture

April 27, 2017 at 01:40 pm

Folks: Whose draft do you like best? I'm voting Ross.

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zoellner25's picture

April 27, 2017 at 01:53 pm

I like Chris Wanless' picks...Watt, Moreau, Perine

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Tedlyflyfisher's picture

April 27, 2017 at 02:04 pm

Chris Wanless' picks. However, these things never go according to script.

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Christopher Gennaro's picture

April 27, 2017 at 04:34 pm

I'm torn because I'm with Zack on Mixon, but I would trade up into the second to get him.

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Since'61's picture

April 27, 2017 at 02:15 pm

I like Michelle's picks because they help 3 levels of the defense probably right away. But with TT you never know. Thanks, Since '61

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Arthur Jackson's picture

April 27, 2017 at 02:16 pm

Cory's except Bowser will be long gone. But if Thompson got those three it would be fantastic. I was hoping for Watt and then Rivers would likely be around for the Packers 2nd round pick and also consider the Iowa CB at #3.

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April 27, 2017 at 02:31 pm

I will bet anyone on this site a sizable sum, that TT does not trade up. They need the quality potential of the top 3-4 rounds to upgrade positions. A 5 or a 6 and their ONE isn't going to "move them up".

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April 27, 2017 at 02:39 pm

Im with Mooney .

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sonomaca's picture

April 27, 2017 at 02:53 pm

He'll move up for Mahomes. That's it.

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sonomaca's picture

April 27, 2017 at 02:55 pm

Mahomes is a special prospect.

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4zone's picture

April 27, 2017 at 03:10 pm

Won't know until pick #25 who will even be available at #29 let alone who we will take. No way I see us trading up. Too much value to be had in first two rounds. If anything, perhaps a trade down.

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worztik's picture

April 27, 2017 at 03:18 pm

Andrew Garda nailed it!!!! If his predictions come to fruition, I'm one happy bearded clam!!!!!!

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April 27, 2017 at 03:38 pm

I really believe the positions taken will be OLB-CB-WR, or slightly less likely, CB-OLB-WR. I don't think OL or RB are as likely in the first three rounds; especially with the pickup of Evans, I think there is value to be had at those positions in the 4th-5th.

My guess is that Dave Nicholson is closest, because I think TT/MM are actually more comfortable with the secondary than we are, and would take Jones in a heartbeat for a redshirt rookie season. Their first priority will be a player who can add pass rush immediately and develop into a complete player in a year or two (Watt is also a candidate). And they will look for Jordy's eventual replacement: someone with the physical tools, but who can be polished in his route-running skills while serving as the #4.

I'm not a draftnik who researches individual players, but I really believe this fits TT's world view.

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April 27, 2017 at 09:24 pm

I would love a combination of Michelle and Chris' draft, T.J. Watt, Fabian Moreau and Jaleel Johnson would be perfect.

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