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April

2013 NFL Mock Draft: Updated Day 2 Projection

Packers GM Ted Thompson

Packers GM Ted Thompson

It’s been said over and over, but while the 2013 NFL Draft lacks star power at the top, it’s extremely deep in rounds two and three. So that should make for an exciting Day 2 tonight.

You’ll notice plenty of first-round talent on the board between picks 33-62. There are even some players in the third round that had a shot at being selected in round one.

For the Packers, I’d be quite surprised if they don’t add a skill position player at some point today. Whether it’s running back, wide receiver, or both, the Packers should have plenty of options to add an impact player on Day 2. There wasn’t a single running back selected in round one, so Eddie Lacy, Giovani Bernard, Johnathan Franklin and Le’Veon Bell are all still on the board. There’s a very good chance that one of those players will fall to the Packers at No. 55.

Sorry, Mel Kiper, but Montee Ball is not a first-round talent, and I don’t think he’ll be selected in the second round at all.

But if the Packers have their choice between several running backs, they’ll probably have to decide what’s more important: Do they a running back that would play immediately, or grabbing a wide receiver to groom for the future? Of course, they could go for a more immediate need and go with a safety or center, but I believe the value will be better at the end of the third round at those positions.

Ten is a really nice and even number. So here are ten potential Packers picks to keep an eye on today: UCLA RB Johnathan Franklin, Michigan St. RB Le’Veon Bell, Louisiana Tech WR Quinton Patton, North Carolina RB Giovani Bernard, Oregon St. WR Markus Wheaton, Southern Miss LB Jamie Collins, West Virginia WR Stedman Bailey, California C Brian Schwenke, North Carolina St. S Earl Wolff and Georgia Southern S J.J. Wilcox.

Now that we’re batting 1.00 after correctly predicting the Datone Jones pick, let’s see if we can nail the team’s Day 2 selections as well. Note: It probably won’t happen.

 

Second Round (Picks 33-62)

33. Jacksonville Jaguars: CB Johnthan Banks, Mississippi State

34. San Francisco 49ers: TE Zach Ertz, Stanford

35. Philadelphia Eagles: QB Geno Smith, West Virginia

36. Detroit Lions: OT Menelik Watson, Florida State

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April

2013 NFL Mock Draft: Final two-round projection

UCLA DE Datone Jones

UCLA DE Datone Jones

Happy Draft Day, everyone.

Christmas is cool and birthdays are fun, but no single day on the calendar stands above the first day of the NFL Draft. My apologies to March Madness.

While the 2013 NFL Draft may lack star power at the top, there’s no shortage of uncertainty. And it’s sure to be yet another exciting draft.

The Packers have been quiet this offseason up to this point, but as Kris Burke said in a post earlier this week, it’s now time for Ted Thompson to “come out and play.” Thompson and the Packers will make their first pick at No. 26 overall. Many names have been mocked to the Packers, but my final mock draft has the team adding some help on the defensive side of the ball in round one.

There will be surely be plenty of trades in the first round, but I didn’t project any in this final mock. Once the first trade goes down tonight, this projection will undoubtedly find the trash can.

But anyways, enjoy my final mock draft and have a happy Draft Day.

1. Kansas City Chiefs: OT Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M
Other options: OT Eric Fisher, OLB Dion Jordan

At No. 1 overall, it’s between Luke Joeckel and Eric Fisher. Both players will likely be successful at the NFL level, but I think Joeckel winds up being the pick. There are three tackles that could go in the top five, but all three are very different players. Rumors suggest some personnel guys within the Chiefs’ organization prefer Fisher over Joeckel, so this could be a waiting game until they’re at the podium with their pick.

2. Jacksonville Jaguars: OLB Dion Jordan, Oregon
Other options: OT Eric Fisher, QB Geno Smith, DE Ziggy Ansah

It’s hard to see through the smoke in the week leading up to the draft. But if you believe all the pre-draft rumors, then the Jaguars are seriously considering an offensive tackle with the second pick. Considering they already have a solid left tackle in Eugene Monroe, I think new head coach Gus Bradley looks for a difference maker on the defensive side of the ball. Dion Jordan is the best defender in the draft.

3. Oakland Raiders: DT Sharrif Floyd, Florida
Other options: Trade down, CB Dee Milliner, DE Ziggy Ansah

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April

2013 NFL Mock Draft: One week until Draft Day

UCLA DE Datone Jones

UCLA DE Datone Jones

One week until the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft. That’s seven days. One-hundred and sixty-eight hours. However you want to look at it.

Last week, I posted a mock draft and said that I never project trades. But this time, I’m breaking one of my own rules because there’s one that simply makes too much sense.

Many picks remain unchanged from last week, but I’ve done some reshuffling starting at No. 5 overall with the Detroit Lions. You can expect something similar next week for my final mock draft before the action kicks off next Thursday night.

Enjoy and comment away.

1. Kansas City Chiefs: OT Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M

(Last: Same) No surprise at the top for the Chiefs. It will likely be either Joeckel or Eric Fisher, but I have Joeckel rated slightly higher, due in part to playing against better competition at Texas A&M. They can move Branden Albert to right tackle and plug Joeckel in on Alex Smith’s blind side.

2. Jacksonville Jaguars: QB Geno Smith, West Virginia

(Last: Same) It’s going to be Smith or Dion Jordan at No. 2 for the Jaguars. Between now and the draft, I’m sure there will be some rumors thrown out there that the Jags have their eye on other players, but don’t be fooled. If they’re comfortable with Blaine Gabbert at quarterback, they’ll go with Jordan. I’m not a Gabbert guy.

3. Oakland Raiders: DT Sharrif Floyd, Florida

(Last: Same) Oakland would love to move down and add more picks. Of all the teams picking in the top ten, the Raiders would probably benefit the most from moving down several spots. They need a lot of help on every level of the defense, but if they can’t find a way to move down, Sharrif Floyd would have to be the pick. He’s an impact player from Day 1.

4. Philadelphia Eagles: OLB Dion Jordan, Oregon

(Last: Same) The Eagles and Jaguars are closely related in terms of team colors, and Philadelphia’s pick will likely be determined by what Jacksonville does at No. 2. If the Jags take Geno Smith, then the Eagles get Dion Jordan. If the Jags take Jordan, the Eagles could very well take Smith and tab him as their quarterback of the future. I think Jordan is the best player in the draft.

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April

2013 NFL Mock Draft: Two weeks until Draft Day

FIU safety Jonathan Cyprien

FIU safety Jonathan Cyprien

The first round of the 2013 NFL Draft will take place two weeks from today. That’s a good thing.

Trades are sure to shake up the order of round one, but no trades will be projected in this first-round mock. Things just get messy when projecting trades.

This mock will be updated in a week before the final version is released on draft day.

Some great value presented itself when the Packers were on the board at No. 26 in this projection. But what position of need would they choose to address if the  board fell this way? Read on.

1. Kansas City Chiefs: OT Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M

KC: No surprise at the top. The Chiefs tagged Branden Albert, but they can’t pass on a guy like Joeckel. They’ll move Albert to right tackle and plug Joeckel in as the starting left tackle from Day 1. Had they not traded for Alex Smith, I think Geno Smith would be the guy. But clearly, the Chiefs aren’t enamored with this quarterback class.

2. Jacksonville Jaguars: QB Geno Smith, West Virginia

JAX: Jaguars GM David Caldwell has hinted that it’s down to two players at No. 2. Those two players are likely quarterback Geno Smith and pass rusher Dion Jordan. Jacksonville invested a first-round pick on Blaine Gabbert a few years ago, but he’s been a bust thus far. It’s a new regime, and I think Geno Smith is their guy.

3. Oakland Raiders: DT Sharrif Floyd, Florida

OAK: Ever since the draft order was finalized, I’ve been saying the Raiders should trade down. They have needs all over the roster and would be wise to trade down, add some picks and continue to overhaul the roster. That said, Floyd has to be the pick if they stay at No. 3.

4. Philadelphia Eagles: OLB Dion Jordan, Oregon

PHI: For the Eagles, I think it’ll be one of three players: Dion Jordan, Geno Smith or Eric Fisher. Smith is off the board in this projection, so the pick would come down to Jordan or Fisher. The offensive line was atrocious last season, but the Eagles are transitioning to the 3-4 defense, so Jordan makes a lot of sense. The Chip Kelly-Oregon connection doesn’t hurt, either.

5. Detroit Lions: DE Ziggy Ansah, BYU