Roundup of NFL mock drafts: The Packers will select . . .
With the NFL Draft (finally) closing in, check out this roundup of over 50 mock drafts to find who the "experts" think the Green Bay Packers will be drafting.
Linebacker is a popular choice for the Packers in the first round in mock drafts, especially Alabama's C.J. Mosley.
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By Dave Heller
All the talk and speculation is over as the NFL Draft is finally upon us.
Well, almost. There's still time for a little more talk and speculation.
With that in mind, here's one last look at some NFL mock drafts and their selecitons for the Green Bay Packers. Most are just one-round drafts, although some did try their hand at more than the initial round. Also, I've included the previous picks for some from the last time I did this back on April 8.
I don't think you'll find a more robust or complete compendium of Packer mocks elsewhere on the Internet. I've tried to keep the list to those are can be considered "experts" -- which usually means beat writers, those from major websites or appearing in the top of the chart in The Huddle Report's yearly mock draft rankings. I've also arranged them by date published. Some might put out a last-minute mock, but these should be close enough, don't you think?
Would love to get your take on the picks -- and perhaps what your selection would be -- in our comments below.
OK, now with that all out of the way, here's the mocks. Feel free to come back after the draft and compare.
UPDATE: Added a few more mocks Thursday
Peter Schrager, FOX Sports -- 7 rounds (May 8) 1. Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State ("Not the flashiest name on the board, but one that could fit right into Dom Capers' 3-4 scheme. He'll play the OLB spot at the next level, an area where he excelled at Ohio State. He recorded back-to-back 115 tackle seasons and had a conference-best 143 tackles in 2013. A pass-rushing talent you can't find everywhere and one of the draft gems multiple sources around the league have in their first round."); 2. Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington; 3a. Bashaud Breeland, CB, Clemson; 3b. Antonio Richardson, OT, Tennesse; 4. Ed Reynolds, S, Stanford; 5a. Lache Seastrunk, RB, Baylor; 5b. Kevin Pamphile, OT, Purdue; 6. Zach Moore, DE, Concordia-St. Paul; 7. Cameron Brate, TE, Harvard
Ryan Lewis, Akron Beacon Journal (May 8) Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State
Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press (May 8) Calvin Pryor, FS, Louisville. "The Packers have struggled at safety since Nick Collins retired and Pryor is the tone-setter their defense needs."
Mike Loyko, NEPatriotsDraft.com (May 8) C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama. "Mosley is a great fit for Ted Thompson and the Packers. A smart, steady, and reliable defender. Mosley can plug and play next to AJ Hawk, providing the Packers with a steady playmaker in the middle of their 3-4 defense."
James Christensen, NEPatriotsDraft.com (May 8) C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama. "Unless Mosley's medicals don’t pan out -- very possible -- I'm not sure there is a better fit in the draft than the pairing of the Packers and this linebacker."
Mike Mayock, NFL.com (May 7) Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State
Joel Klatt, FOX Sports (May 7) C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama. "Green Bay can't expect the rest of the division to hand them a title like it did in 2013, but having Rodgers healthy for the entirety of the season should help in that regard. The defense desperately needs improvement and if Mosley falls to No. 21, they will be thrilled. However, this is very unlikely as I have a top 12 grade on Mosley. He's the toughest player to place based on the needs and available players from 10-20."
Pete Prisco, CBSSports.com -- 2 rounds (May 7) 1. Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State; 2. Terrence Brooks, S, Florida State (Previously: Shazier)
Nate Davis, USA Today (May 7) C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama. "It'd be a gift if he falls here but not necessarily a surprise since inside linebackers have seen their market plummet along with running backs. Still, Mosley would bring a jolt of leadership and playmaking ability to a defense that needs both."
Mark Maske, The Washington Post (May 7) C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama
Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun (May 7) Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State. "Shazier is smart, productive and a smooth athlete who could give the Packers an all-around linebacker who could fit in at multiple positions for defensive coordinator Dom Capers' schemes. Shazier can blitz, cover and stuff the run as a legitimate three-down linebacker."
Jeff McLane, Philadelphia Inquirer (May 7) Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State
Steve Serby, New York Post (May 7) Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina. "Aaron Rodgers once fell in Ted Thompson's lap, and now the replacement for Jermichael Finley falls in it."
Art Stapleton, The Record (N.J). (May 7) Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State
Jay Skurskis, The Buffalo News (May 7) Stephon Truitt, DE, Notre Dame
Jordan Raanan, NJ.com (May 7) Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State. "You can never have too many cornerbacks. Dennard knows how to play the game, and the Packers just want ballers."
Nick Underhill, Masslive.com (May 7) C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama. "The Packers will go with the best defensive player available here, and that player also happens to fill a need at linebacker. Mosley would provide a nice one-two punch with A.J. Hawk."
Ken Vetrano, NEPatriotsDraft.com (May 7) Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech. "Aaron Rodgers needs a reliable option at TE, and Amaro offers that and more. Amaro set the single season record for receiving yards by a TE in division one football, and a lot of that had to do with his ability to tack on yards after the catch. In many ways Amaro is like an oversized slot receiver, who makes his bones running short routes. But has flashed the ability to run up the seam and make a big catch. If Jermichael Finely is able to avoid injury, Amaro gives Green Bay a dangerous duo at the position. Amaro's large frame offers up a sizable target for Rodgers in the end zone. And with James Jones leaving for Oakland, Green Bay will be looking for more red zone help come the fall."
Mark McGuire, Schenectady Daily Gazette (May 7) Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
Jeff Schudel, The News-Herald (May 7) C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama (Previously: Ryan Shazier)
Peter King, SI.com (May 6) C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama. "I wanted to put Ryan Shazier here, and that could well be Ted Thompson's pick. But the Packers have to like Mosley's nose for the ball, and Green Bay's need at inside linebacker is big. This is a logical pick, and Thompson's a logical man."
Charles Davis, NFL.com (May 6) Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State. "Packers think TE, but defense gets speedy, versatile defender that can be a playmaker."
Bob Grotz, Delaware County Daily Times (May 6) C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama
Christopher Jason, MassLive.com (May 6) C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama. "The Packers need a three-down inside linebacker in their defense and Mosley can fill that hole. They have Clay Matthews and AJ Hawk on the outside but no one in the middle. Mosley is athletic and smart enough to play all three downs and would bring stability to that front seven."
DraftTek -- 7 rounds (May 5) 1. Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State ("While it would be a tough decision to pass on Johnathan Cyprien, the Packers have other safeties in their crosshairs for RD2 and 3. In Round One, they're hoping for someone who can make an impact right away. After watching Packers linebackers not named Matthews fruitlessly try to lay a hand on Colin Kaepernick over the last two seasons, Green Bay drafts their 'Kaepernick Killer.' Combine his 4.4 speed with an explosive closing to the ball, and the Packers' chances to get past the 49ers in the playoffs instantly improve. He's a huge impact upgrade from AJ Hawk and Brad Jones."); 2. Deone Bucannon, SS, Washington State; 3a. Chris Borland, ILB, Wisconsin; 3b. Brandon Coleman, WR, Rutgers; 4. Brent Urban, OG, Alabama; 5a. Kenny Ladler, FS, Vanderbilt; 5b. Charles Leno, OG, Boise State; 6. Caraun Reid, DT, Princeton; 7. Jake Murphy, TE, Utah (Previously: 1. Shazier; 2. Marcus Martin, C, USC; 3a. Jimmie ward, SS, Northern Illinois; 3b. Tevlin Smith, ILB, Florida State; 4. Taylor Hart, DE, Oregon; 5a. Marqueston Huff, FS, Wyoming; 5b. Ricky Havili-Heimuli, DT, Oregon; 6. Xavier Grimble, TE, USC; 7. Bennett Jackson, CB, Notre Dame).
Rob Rang, The Sports Xchange (May 5) 1. Calvin Pryor, FS, Louisville (previously: Louis Nix). "Given how the Packers' lack of speed was exposed by San Francisco's Colin Kaepernick to end each of the past two seasons, GM Ted Thompson is likely to target a back-seven defender here. Pryor is an intimidating hitter to slow down mobile quarterbacks like Kaepernick and possesses the instincts and ball-skills to slow down NFC North gunslingers Jay Cutler and Matthew Stafford."; 2. Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech.
Charley Casserly, NFL.com (May 5) Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame. "Tuitt will start in his first year at defensive end. The Packers need a safety, but there are none left with first-round abilities."
Daniel Jeremiah, NFL.com (May 5) Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington. "Seferian-Jenkins would provide Aaron Rodgers with an enormous red-zone target."
Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com (May 5) 1. C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama (previously: Jimmie Ward). "The Packers need help on defense and could benefit from Mosley slipping down draft boards due to injury issues."; 2. Terrence Brooks, FS, Florida State.
Will Brinson, CBSSports.com (May 5) Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State
Chris Steuber, CSNPhiladelphia (May 5) Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina. "The playing future of Jermichael Finley is unknown at this point after he suffered a serious neck injury this past season. So finding a young, pass-catching tight end that Aaron Rodgers can rely on is a major priority. It would be a surprise if Ebron fell this far in the first round, but it's not impossible."
Mike Herndon, al.com (May 5) Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State. "The Packers would love for Clinton-Dix or Pryor to fall here, but with them both gone they can upgrade the linebacking corps with the Big Ten's leading tackler."
Nick O'Malley, MassLive.com (May 5) C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama. "Linebacker isn't a glaring need for the Packers, but Mosley simply present too great a value this late in the first round. Green Bay's defense doesn't have much to build around in the front seven outside Clay Matthews and an aging Julius Peppers. Mosley helps the Packers build their defense up the middle."
Shawn Zobel, Draft HQ (May 5) Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State (Previously: Eric Ebron)
Brad Briggs, Chicago Tribune (May 3) Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame. "They would like to get a safety, but the versatile Nix could play multiple spots on Dom Capers' defensive line."
Ourlads (May 3) Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State (Previously: Eric Ebron)
Terez A. Paylor, Kansas City Star (May 3) Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama (Previously: C.J. Mosley)
Fred Greetham, FOX Sports Ohio (May 2) Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State (Previously: Shazier)
Pat Kirwan, CBSSports.com (May 2) C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama (Previously: Ryan Shazier)
Brad Clark, NFL's Future -- 2 rounds (May 1) 1. Darqueze Denard, CB, Michigan State. "Hear me out on this one Packer fans. Tramon Williams is 31-years old and entering a contract year. Casey Hayward is bouncing back from a hamstring and their division is loaded with receivers. Calvin Johnson, Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery, Golden Tate, Greg Jennings, Cordarrelle Patterson'¦need I go on. In this case you really can't have enough starting caliber CB's. Dennard can match up physically with the monster WR's in the division. With the top two safeties off the board and Dennard sliding a bit into Ted Thompson's hands I could see this one being a viable option. Ok, now sound off."; 2. Kyle Van Noy, LB, BYU. "Van Noy is being viewed as a guy that could make the switch to the inside at the next level. Green Bay could use a significant upgrade at the ILB position, so they pass on available safety options."
Mike Luchene, NFL Rough Draft -- 4 rounds (May 1) 1. Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State; 2. Terrence Brooks, S, Florida State; 3a. Walt Aikens, CB, Liberty; 3b. Arthur Lynch, TE, Georgia; 4. Travis Swanson, C, Arkansas.
Eric Galko, OptimumScouting.com -- 2 rounds (April 30) 1. Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State. "Green Bay has talent in its defensive backfield, but still would love to add the ultra-talented Gilbert to the secondary. Gilbert won't be rushed to start, and fits what Green Bay wants in their corners."; 2. Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech
Mel Kiper Jr., ESPN Insider (April 29) Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State
Doug Martz, Draft Board Guru (April 28) Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State