Every Tuesday between now and the NFL Draft, we’ll take a look around the Internet at what some of the experts are saying about the Packers’ first round prospects. Here’s what they’re saying this week.
- Louis Nix – DT – Notre Dame
- Analysis: The Packers spent last year’s first-round pick on a defensive lineman, but that doesn’t mean that Ted Thompson won’t double dip there. B.J. Raji happens to be a free agent, and his price tag is simply too high for Green Bay. Louis Nix is a steal here for the Packers.
- Mike Evans – WR – Texas A&M
- Analysis: We once again (and perhaps for the last time – we’ll see) ask the question, why not a wide receiver for the Packers? Everyone seems to feel they’re set there, but my argument is pretty simple. James Jones and Jermichael Finley, two offensive weapons, are Free Agents. With the Packers sporting 19 Free Agents, including multiple starters on an already middle-of-the-road defense, it’s unlikely there will be money to bring those guys back. Add in Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb being in the last year of their contracts, and this is the year to draft the next top pass-catching weapon for Aaron Rodgers. Evans is a playmaker and the type of big target that can be a matchup nightware in the red zone. It also appears any march to the next few Super Bowls will need to go through Seattle and their big secondary. A 6’5″ receiver would be a nice tool for Rodgers to have in his toolbox.
- C.J. Mosley – LB – Alabama
- Analysis: Those who want C.J. Mosley to be the next Luke Kuechly as a prospect are likely to be disappointed. Mosley is still a quality inside linebacker prospect, but he’s not quite as far along as Kuechly was coming out of Boston College. Positional value causes Mosley to slide a bit, but the Packers need an inside linebacker in the worst way. Ted Thompson would have to be thrilled if Mosley makes it to this pick.
- Calvin Pryor – FS – Louisville
- Analysis: The Packers are looking at safeties, TEs, and Lbers, Jace Amaro is a consideration as is HaHa Clinton-Dix another safety. Linebackers are also available throughout the draft. Pryor is a physical safety who breaks quickly on the ball and punishes the ball carrier when he arrives. Second leading tackler on the team with 75 stops.