Packers Mock Draft Monday 2017 1.0

Ross will provide a weekly mock draft using Fanspeak's mock draft simulator, On the Clock.  He will also scour the internet for a few mocks to see who the "experts" have Green Bay taking that week and will provide analysis.

Fanspeak Mock:

I was faced with an issue that often faces one when using the Fanspeak technology: realism.  Corey Davis was available at the 29th pick during this simulation using Matt Miller (Bleacher Report)'s big board and fan-voted team needs.  I passed on Davis so that I could take a realistic look at the board.  I chose McKinley from UCLA because of Thompson's affinity for the Pac-12 and McKinley's ability to completely shut down his side of the run-game.  Pass rush can be developed but he's an elite run D guy right off the bat.  Im in love with Cooper Kupp, this much is very public and I loved the Pocic value in the fourth round.  Pocic is a 6'7" player that LSU asked to play center (!).  His size should likely translate to positional versatilty.

National Mock Roundup

Peter Schrager, Fox Sports

Ryan Ramczyk, T Wisconsin - This I struggle with and it's not the only place that you'll see it.  This is a projection that slides Ramczyk inside to guard, which is fine but with a team whose offensive line is one of the strengths of the team, and with Kyle Murphy and Jason Spriggs waiting in the wings, it seems like this is a first round luxury.  Don't get me wrong, I think Ramczyk is the best offensive lineman in the draft and woudl be excited about the value, but they're gonna need someone on defense in round one unless it's an elite WR/TE..

Kristopher Knox, Bleacher Report

Sidney Jones, CB Washington- See this is a great fit.  Jones, who I have as my #1 overall CB, is an ideal fit in Green Bay.  At 6'0", he could definitely play the #1 or the left cornerback spot.  Eventually I believe he'd be a guy that doesn't need any help, either.  Add that to Ted Thompson's affinity with the Pac-12 and Jones' history playing in cold weather at UW and I'm in, all the way in.

Mel Kiper, ESPN (Insider)

Christian McCaffery, RB Standford- KILL IT. KILL IT WITH FIRE

Todd McShay, ESPN (Insider)

Alvin Kamara, RB Tennessee- NO NO NO NO PLEASE STOP DOING THIS NO

Rob Rang, CBS Sports

Derek Barnett, EDGE Tennessee- This I also love.  There's a decent change that people overthink Derek Barnett but the tape doesn't lie.  He's not going to test at an elite level.  He's not going to measure in at an elite level.  He also has 33 sacks over the last three seasons in the SEC.  Barnett is one of my favorite EDGE players in this class.  It's a deep class and I would feel great about guys that you can get in the 2nd and 3rd round but I'm not going to get mad about taking Barnett, either.

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Ross Uglem is a staff writer for Cheesehead TV. He can be found on Twitter @RossUglem 

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mbrand1969's picture

February 27, 2017 at 05:34 pm

jones is my first round wishlist everything i have seen on him shows he is ready for the next level

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ricky's picture

February 27, 2017 at 05:44 pm

Defense in round 1. Either an edge rusher or a LBer that can rush the passer. Watt would be ideal, IMO. This could mean the Packers would be able to move Watt and CMIII around to make it difficult to keep track of both, RB or WR should be considered later in the draft.

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JacFrost's picture

February 28, 2017 at 06:36 pm

I would agree with you completely if it wasnt for the fact this team needs a serious corner. Got to fill that hole, the guys we have are not very good. Mathews could certainly flourish as you say with a quality partner but i have zero nada zilch faith in our corners getting an better than what we saw the past two years.

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Colin_C's picture

February 27, 2017 at 06:27 pm

Using the same setup, here's what I got.

Pick 29: Adoree Jackson
I know he's projected to go 2nd round, but his athleticism is just too fantastic to pass on. As a CB, he's decent, and his biggest issues are being over-aggressive and biting on fakes. That is correctable with coaching. The only reason he didn't get beat more was because of his ridiculous make-up speed. normally not a fan of 1st round projects, but he's got such a high ceiling. Plus, he's got great sportsmanship.

Pick 61: Carl Lawson
Injuries are a major concern, but watching his tape, I was very impressed with his power and hand use. He's a good athlete as well, though he could have a bit more effort at times. Overall, another high ceiling player if he puts all pieces together. I could see him as a less explosive but more violent Nick Perry.

Pick 93: Kevin King
Has ideal build for a boundary corner. Not great in tight spaces, but has very good range and physicality. his hands are suspect, though he's excellent at pass breakups. I think he could eventually develop into a premier boundary corner.

Pick 134: Chris Godwin
I'm not sure about this one, but Jordy's not getting any younger, and I've given up on Janis. Godwin has the size and ability to play outside. Great at making contested catches and coming through in the clutch. My biggest concerns about him are his speed and separation ability. I'll see how he runs at the combine.

Pick 172: Nico Siragusa
O-line will probably need some help after FA, and Nico is a powerful guard how could prove to be a nice backup piece his first year. Tbh, don't know too much about him, but we will most likely need to draft o-line at some point.

Pick 182: Hardy Nickerson
One of the most underrated players in the draft (imho), Nickerson has the best instinct of an ILB I've seen. His pursuit and angles are near perfect, and he makes quick reads. He's surprising fast and athletic, has a non-stop motor, and coverage skills are good. Only area of weakness is size. While not overly small, he's sometimes gets knock out of plays. This happens most often if he's being too patient and waiting for the running back. Overall, if I was a GM, I'd consider him in the 3rd round.

Pick 212: Elijah McGuire
Don't know a lot about him, but he's a small school prospect with some decent upside. Runs physical, has some shiftiness, and is a great receiver out the backfield. I'll need to watch more film on him.

Pick 247: George Kittle
Another underrated prospect, I think Kittle could be a perfect compliment to Cook. Not huge, but is a excellent blocker. Seriously, he's better than our O-line at times. His hands and athleticism are great, see here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5nycjbiXzI
Plus, he's a local kid (Madison). I'd take him in the 3rd.

Well, I spent way too much time on that, but I was missing football today :-)

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Turophile's picture

March 01, 2017 at 05:09 am

CB Adoree Jackson (puts fingers down throat and attempts to be sick). Super athletic yes, but a liability in coverage. Not even sure he'll stay with football, given he has already left football practice to to do track and field once. I did like the Lawson, King and McGuire picks though.

I tried fanspeak myself, with the CBS board and selected fanspeak for team needs. I ignored Safety Jamal Adams being available at #29 as too unlikely. I drafted:
ILB Zach Cunningham, Vanderbilt. Charles Woodson type diagnostics
Edge rusher Ryan Anderson, Alabama. Productive detailed, can set edge.
CB Fabian Moreau, UCLA. Fluid, fast, good man to man coverage
TE Adam Shaheen, Ashland. Huge, fast, A mismatch for most he will face.
RB Jamaal Williams, Brigham Young. Powerful, quick, runs low.
Edge rusher Ejuan Price, Pittsburgh. 5'11", but 245lb, a keg of power.
OG Sean Harlow, Oregon. Packers could use a true guard.
CB Brendan Langley Lamar. 6'0", 200lb, sub 4.4 40 time. Worth a 7th.

These things are good fun, though there are some unlikely good guys available at #29. Had Jonathan Allen there once, he might be a top 3 pick, and in the draft posted I had S Jamal Adams, who is surely in the top 10.

As for Ross Uglem's draft, loved the Cooper Kupp pick, but Pumphrey.....at his size he'll get splattered in the NFL.

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EdsLaces's picture

February 27, 2017 at 06:46 pm

Jones and Barnett are definitely the 2 I would be ecstatic over. McCaffrey would be awesome, but I don't see it being a major need at this point ( I'm shelving my #teamMcCaffrey). Lacy needs to come back...period.

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slit's picture

February 27, 2017 at 08:35 pm

1st - Q Wilson CB
2nd - Watt Edge
3rd- Smoot DE
4th - Pocic C/G
5th - Nickerson LB
5th- Beckwith LB
6th - McNichols RB

DEF heavy in this mock, and why not. I like Cooper Kupp, but if I'm going WR in Rd2, Zay Jones is the WR I love.

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Turophile's picture

March 01, 2017 at 05:12 am

Regarding Kupp and Jones. These are the comments of someone who closely followed the Senior Bowl week. Both guys looked excellent all week, there.

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Bert's picture

February 27, 2017 at 09:05 pm

Since anybody we draft will be a year or two away from making an impact, I just hope a perennial pro bowl type player falls into our lap regardless of position.

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Ryan Graham's picture

February 27, 2017 at 10:43 pm

Tough to say what kind of spread the packers will have at 29 on draft day. Unless a guy like Myles Garrett safe to say the pack will not trade up. I like TJ Watt a lot but he's gonna have to really impress at the combine this week to earn late first Rd priority in a deep draft of edge players. Realistically my guess is it'll be one of the numerous undersized corners. If that's the case I'd be surprised if Ted holds onto the picks he currently has and doesn't try to trade his 2nd or 3rd for a couple for 4th and 5th Rd picks to stash on the practice squad players, and hopefully Reggie Gilbert is ready to play on Sundays from last year's draft.

G/C hybrid like Pocic or Efstein from Ohio St would look good, I'm hot and heavy on James Connor and Jamaal Williams at running back, will probably available in the 4th and 5th Rd could use one of those guys...Ben Boulware maybe, Another tight end, depth at wideout and any of our 3 down line positions wouldn't hurt either. This year might be a year to address need over value slightly more than normal considering how deep the draft is overall.

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RCPackerFan's picture

February 28, 2017 at 07:08 am

Round 1 - TJ Watt. Perfect fit for Green Bay's defense. He reminds me a bit of Clay Mathews when he came out. Didn't have a lot of college experience but has a ton of upside and will fit perfectly in the defense. Also his College experience reminds me of JJ's a bit. Just at a different position.

Some other players maybe a better player at this point, but I think the fact that schematically Watt fits in the defense makes up for any other players abilities at this point. And Watt has a very good upside.

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Lphill's picture

February 28, 2017 at 07:16 am

TT will draft a college hockey player to learn linebacker and a lacrosse player to learn corner . Who would be surprised?

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Savage57's picture

February 28, 2017 at 07:25 am

Should he take a hockey player, perhaps the defense will finally have someone in the LB corps who actually likes to hit people.

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dobber's picture

February 28, 2017 at 09:56 am

I heard he was scouting in the NCAA equestrian competitions this year...

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Samson's picture

February 28, 2017 at 08:41 pm

TT's also looking at all the Iowa schools for possible wrasslers that think they can play football or at least have an interest. --(and wouldn't mind moving to Wisconsin)

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Andrew Lloyd Peth's picture

February 28, 2017 at 07:33 am

I love all these picks. Ramczyk at 29? It's not a need, but the value would be off the charts.

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Bert's picture

February 28, 2017 at 09:10 am

Ramczyk would be a good value pick at #29. Hopefully Ted will look at the best value unless he's convinced Rollins, Randall, Martinez etc. just aren't going to develop into top flight starters.

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JacFrost's picture

February 28, 2017 at 10:50 am

F best available crap. Teams deep in talent like Dallas,Patriots can draft best a available. Packers had a board of needs starting at corner. GT news for you, Rollins, Randle, Gunter are as Google as they are ever going to be.
Rollins and Randles calf's can't handle the NFL punishment.

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Bert's picture

February 28, 2017 at 11:22 am

Let's just say you are correct and Rollins and Randall are as good (Google?) as they will ever get. Why would it be smart to continue to throw high picks away at CB when you are obviously poor at evaluating talent at that position? Kinda like pounding sand down a rat hole. If you stick with BPA at least you get good value. I would say if Rollins and Randall are as "Google" as they'll get then sign a couple FAs and forget wasting high draft picks at CB altogether.

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dobber's picture

February 28, 2017 at 12:55 pm

Imagine a scenario where the Packers sign a guy who can step in and shore up the CB position and resign Perry and Jones. Tretter gets his starter's contract at C and Lang proves too rich for GB's blood. Ramczyk slides to them at 29...now Bulaga becomes your RG and Ramczyk starts on the right side.

That's a lot of ifs...otherwise, it's D in round one.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

March 01, 2017 at 03:41 am

Why pay Tretter $6M+ when you have Linsley, who is better and cheaper?

I do realize that some think Tretter is better, but there isn't millions of dollars of difference between the two, in any event.

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porupack's picture

March 01, 2017 at 03:36 am

Perfect response, Bert. Perfect response.

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MarkinMadison's picture

February 28, 2017 at 07:57 am

Corey Davis could fall. He is having ankle surgery, so he will not run at the combine. There are some questions about his speed. There are many who question his ability to produce against NFL talent.

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jeremyjjbrown's picture

February 28, 2017 at 09:09 am

TT is not going to spend a 1st round pick on a Guard. It's never going to happen.

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JacFrost's picture

February 28, 2017 at 10:45 am

Just want a corner in round one who isn't 5'10 and 185, medium speed and no tackling ability

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Samson's picture

February 28, 2017 at 08:44 pm

And who can't stay on the field for an entire season or for that matter -- an entire game.

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Lphill's picture

February 28, 2017 at 03:37 pm

We can be sure of one thing that TT will keep us scratching our heads with his picks and we can be sure that anybody we want won't get picked. We should organize a rally outside of Lambeau and let our voices be heard , I have no problem traveling from NY , I think it's time our voices are heard I mean after all most of us are owners so let's own.

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Samson's picture

February 28, 2017 at 08:48 pm

Even if the Pack have a "great" draft, 2017 season will be affected only marginally. --- Rookies can only do so much in GB in year one. --(This isn't Dallas)

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stockholder's picture

February 28, 2017 at 10:47 pm

They could do a lot more if Capers was Fired.

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PackEyedOptimist's picture

March 01, 2017 at 08:57 am

Kupp is like a blend of Jordy and Cobb. Not a need, but he screams "Patriots receiver," and I think that type is what Aaron Rodgers is missing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWZLQSBeV40

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