The 2011 NFL Draft is quickly approaching.
After all the speculation surrounding the draft process, the actual event will finally take place from Thursday night to Saturday.
So, before the draft, I tried my hand at playing Ted Thompson and put together a seven round mock draft for the Packers. Complete with trades and analysis, I think this mock draft gives the Packers several key pieces for 2011 and beyond.
TRADE: Packers send pick No. 32 to Cincinnati Bengals for picks No. 35, 134 and 207
There will be a team in the early second round that gives the Packers a call about trading back into the first round. When that call comes, Packers GM Ted Thompson quickly accepts.
Even without a pick on day one, the Packers find an immediate starter on the offensive line in Watkins. When Daryn Colledge leaves in free agency, Watkins will step right in at left guard and likely improves the unit overall.
TRADE: Packers send picks No. 64, 96 and 207 to Denver Broncos for pick No. 46
With more extra picks in their draft queue, the Packers can afford to trade up from No. 64 and get Cobb—a versatile and physical receiver who makes his living after the catch.
He can contribute right away on both punt and kick returns, and Cobb could help replace the likely loss of James Jones in the passing game.
Fourth round (No. 129): CB Cortez Allen, Citadel
If the Packers draft a cornerback, he won’t be expected to contribute right away.
That gives Thompson the luxury of taking Allen, a raw but talented player who could develop into a starting NFL cornerback if given time. With Charles Woodson, Tramon Williams and Sam Shields the top three on the depth chart, Allen would have plenty of time to learn before taking over a bigger role.
Fourth round (No. 131): DE Cedric Thornton, Southern Arkansas
Cullen Jenkins is on his way out of Green Bay, and relying on Mike Neal to completely fill his shoes would be a big risk.