Packers Monday Mock Roundup

The NFL Draft is soon upon us.  For the next three weeks you're going to see a lot of mock drafts, and I mean, like, a lot of mock drafts.  For the next three Mondays here at Cheesehead TV I"m going to provide you with the Packers' selections in ten of the top mock drafts on the net.  If the mocks provide a second round pick, we'll take a look at that too.

Reggie Ragland (2)

Bucky Brooks

Todd McShay (insider)

Ragland is the most traditional inside linebacker prospect in this class.  He might not be the coverage prospect that Darron Lee is or even Alabama LB prospect CJ Mosley was before him.  Ragland would still be an ideal fit inside in a 3-4, as it's the position he played in Nick Saban's defense. Thompson went into Alabama's program two years ago and found a gem in HaHa Clinton-Dix.  Ragland seems like a member of the Crimson Tide with a low floor.

Darron Lee (2)

Daniel Jeremiah

Doug Farrar

Lee is the prototype, and my personal best case scenario for the Packers in round one.  He might not have the raw power that a more traditional football fan would look for in an inside linebacker, but his range, coverage ability and athleticism are elite.  Lee is a perfect compliment inside for Jake Ryan.  Ryan can play the strong ILB position, like AJ Hawk did, and Lee can become a more athletic version of Desmond Bishop.  After years of neglecting athleticism at the ILB position, Lee would feel like a revelation.

Jarran Reed (2)

Charley Casserly

Draft Tek

Reed is a popular pick for the Packers.  Our very own Cody Bauer, Cheesehead TV's draft analyst, loves the Reed fit.  The Alabama product is almost unquestionably the best run defender on the defensive line in this draft.  I have my own reservations.  Reed's pass rush is almost non-existent.  I'm not sure Reed is a great fit on Capers' two-man lines.  Reed is a true nose tackle, and Green Bay only plays with a true nose tackle about 30% of the time.  Capers' defense is a nickel defense, and Reed probably isn't a nickel player.

Kamalei Correa

Mel Kiper (insider)

Correia reminds a lot of analysts of current Packers linebacker Clay Matthews.  Unlike Matthews, Correa is a college defensive end that would have to make a transition.  Fortunately Correa is a good enough athlete to pull it off and Boise State used him all over the field, including as a stand-up player.  Correa is a guy that Packers fans would be ecstatic with in round 2, even at the beginning of round 2 after trading back, but maybe not at 27.

Chris Jones

Walter Football

Jones had an "interesting" experience at the NFL combine.  He's also a player that didn't have the production in the SEC that he probably should have when his physical gifts and overall talent level are taken into the equation.  His length would be an ideal addition to a Packers offensive line that has often been filled with short, squatty players.  I think Packers fans would be much happier with Jones in round 2, though.

Cody Whitehair

Will Brinson

Whitehair is a college tackle who projects as the top guard prospect in the draft.  Does an elite guard who used to be a tackle in college sound familiar? Both TJ Lang and Josh Sitton fir that bill and both players' contracts expire at the end of this season.  Offensive line depth was a real problem in 2015, so addressing that in 2016 and building the team for 2017 would strike me as a very Ted Thompson thing to do.

Vernon Butler

Nate Davis

Butler is an ideal prospect for Green Bay's defensive scheme.  His length (6'4") makes him a great fit for the Packers' two and three man concepts.  When I watch Butler on film, the number one thing that stands out is his ability to disengage from blockers and make actual plays on the ball, not just hold his spot or push the pocket.  He's a disrupter.

Round 2 selections: 

Austin Hooper - TE (Draft Tek)

Blake Martinez- ILB (Walter Football)

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

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DrealynWilliams's picture

April 11, 2016 at 02:25 pm

I don't see what the fuss is about with Darron Lee

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EdsLaces's picture

April 11, 2016 at 04:00 pm

Minus the fact that he's one of the most athletic lbs I have seen in a while ...I totally agree.

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The TKstinator's picture

April 11, 2016 at 04:01 pm

I think it's because no current GB ILB has speed.

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DrealynWilliams's picture

April 11, 2016 at 08:12 pm

Lol @TK

I think that's it. I mean, people are satisfied with Joe Thomas. So, there's that.

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holmesmd's picture

April 11, 2016 at 06:55 pm

Lee is probably almost equal the athlete of Jack or Smith. The primary difference is his size. He's really one of 3 guys I mentioned who could even be a Will LB in a 3-4....so there is that.

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DrealynWilliams's picture

April 11, 2016 at 08:43 pm

I just watched some film on Jack -- I like him over Lee.

He's effective blitzing inside and out
He's strong when attacking the Guard or Center
He has a "nasty" to his game
And he's also athletic. I've seen him manned up against WRs many of times

EDIT: I'm just going to leave this right here and be done...

https://youtu.be/1KSuvJEtLJo?t=3m14s

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April 11, 2016 at 08:40 pm

The Packers won't get a sniff at getting Jack. The only way is to move way up and TT won't give up the picks.

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DrealynWilliams's picture

April 11, 2016 at 08:59 pm

It sucks that D-Line is now as much of a priority as (any) LB, because I think he's a player worthy of trading up for. Inside blitzing...Outside blitzing...In the slot manned up on a TE or RB. He does it all. The way he attacks a lineman is something I haven't seen yet in any other prospect. It's not just speed - speed - speed with him.

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DrealynWilliams's picture

April 14, 2016 at 01:45 am

https://youtu.be/DyaalSFkI8k?t=6m20s

Waiiit forrrrr iiiiiiiit....

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ray nichkee's picture

April 11, 2016 at 04:16 pm

There is no way TT takes a guard in the first round. Unless he's in love with a tackle or something falls to him it's all defense in the first three rounds.

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Evan's picture

April 11, 2016 at 07:42 pm

Based on watching zero minutes of film, I'm sold on Darron Lee.

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The TKstinator's picture

April 13, 2016 at 09:32 pm

You routinely crack me up. Well played, sir!

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4thand1's picture

April 11, 2016 at 08:43 pm

Speed speed speed. Everyone knows this is one of the Packers biggest flaws. You can't coach speed.

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The TKstinator's picture

April 12, 2016 at 01:36 am

Not sure that's true. How about, "Hey, run FASTER!"?

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Rossonero's picture

April 11, 2016 at 09:53 pm

Falcons coach Dan Quinn said he wants speed on defense. I think they'll take Darron Lee. These smaller, quicker linebackers are the future of the position, but there's still very few of them.

Ragland will get taken by the Jets or Redskins. Packers should take best available DT. Kentrell Brothers or Scooby Wright might be available in the second round. Josh Perry is an option too.

No way in hell is TT drafting a Guard in the first round when his track record has him consistently drafting offensive linemen in the 4th-5th round (and doing it really well).

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

April 12, 2016 at 01:46 am

Darron Lee makes me nervous in the first. Just not sure if he is a starting Will ILB. PFF has him with 12 missed tackles in 72 attempts. Little take on ability. I see the speed and good hips. He can cover RBs and TEs. I don't see him swarm to the ball, but he looks fine when the play is to his area. Guess I'd consult with Capers and staff to see how they project his skills. Certainly can replace Joe Thomas, and should be able to fill the role our staff had in mind for Sean Richardson. Need to keep this prospect clean for him to play to his potential.

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The TKstinator's picture

April 12, 2016 at 05:41 am

I hope you have better luck with Capers than I did. He hasn't returned any of my phone calls.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

April 13, 2016 at 04:14 am

thumbs up. Same with me. TT and MM don't return calls, as far as I know. I thought maybe Capers, being lower on the organizational chart, might be more cooperative, but no cigar.

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April 13, 2016 at 06:03 am

I'd also tell him the dye job is preposterous.

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