2014 Draft Digest – Vol. 4

calvin pryorEvery 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.

WalterFootbal.com

  • 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.

CBSSports.com (four mock drafts)

  • Ra’Shede Hageman – DT – Minnesota (predicted by Pat Kirwan)
  • Analysis: The Packers have a number of defensive linemen scheduled for free agency and they want to be more versatile on defense. Hageman solves both problems if GB gets him to play hard all the time.
  • Ra’Shede Hageman – DT – Minnesota (predicted by Pete Prisco)
  • Analysis: The Packers have three defensive linemen scheduled to become free agents. They need to find a potential replacement.
  • Louis Nix – DT – Notre Dame (predicted by Dane Brugler)
  • Analysis: Green Bay loses a lot of their beef up front on the defensive side of the ball to free agency this year, but Nix could give the Packers a replacement for BJ Raji if the nose tackle chooses big money over returning to Green Bay.
  • Ra’Shede Hageman – DT – Minnesota (predicted by Rob Rang)
  • Analysis:  Few general managers rebuild along the lines with the consistency of Ted Thompson. Hageman’s incredible combination of size and explosiveness is exciting, though he hasn’t been the dominant force his talents would indicate. Surrounded by greater talent, however, and he could prove a steal.

NFL.com (two mock drafts)

  • Bradley Roby – CB – Ohio State (predicted by Charles Davis)
  • Analysis: He was a bit inconsistent last season, but he has plenty of ability.
  • Ha Ha Clinton-Dix – S – Alabama (predicted by Daniel Jeremiah)
  • Analysis: The Packers are in a division with elite pass catchers and they need a rangy safety to plug into their defense.

DraftTek.com

  • Louis Nix – DT – Notre Dame
  • Analysis: Bye Bye B.J… Former top-ten pick B.J. Raji somehow managed to regress in his fifth season with the Packers. So much so, rookie Josh Boyd ended up taking some of his snaps towards the end of the season. Raji turned down the Packers’ 8M/yr offer (thank God) and wants out to a 4-3 team. Well don’t let the door hit you… With Ryan Pickett also a free agent at age 34, the Packers need help at NT fast. Enter Louis Nix. Nix is the disruptive force in the middle the Packers thought they were getting in Raji. He struggled with a knee injury most of his Senior season, which robbed him of his explosiveness. Regardless, he fills gaps, can take on double-teams and actually gets off blocks to make tackles. Yes – hear that BJ?

SBNation.com

  • C.J. Mosley – MLB – Alabama
  • Analysis: Green Bay has to be hoping one of the top two safeties slips in the first round. If not, the Packers should turn their attention to Mosley, the draft’s best middle linebacker. He would pair nicely with A.J. Hawk because of his ability to play sideline-to-sideline. Mosley flows freely to the ball and is a sound tackler. When the Packers use just three linebackers, Mosley can play on the weak side as well.

OurLads.com

  • Calvin Pryor – S – Lousiville
  • Analysis: The Packers are looking at safeties, TEs, and linebackers, 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.

FFToolbox.com (three mock drafts)

  • Allen Robinson – WR – Penn State (predicted by Matt De Lima)
  • Analysis: Injuries are all too common for Green Bay’s receiving crew. If it isn’t Randall Cobb, it’s James Jones or Jordy Nelson. Jones is also a UFA, so the Pack may opt to bring in some new blood.
  • Calvin Pryor – S – Lousiville (predicted by Rob Warner)
  • Analysis: Green Bay ranked 24th against the pass. SS Morgan Burnett struggled mightily after signing a new five-year, $26.1 million contract. Free safety M.D. Jennings ranked among the league’s worst according to Pro Football Focus.
  • Eric Ebron – TE – North Carolina (consensus)

OptimumScouting.com

  • Ra’Shede Hageman – DT – Minnesota
  • Analysis: The Packers could go a handful of ways on draft day. But with almost their entire defensive line entering free agency, they’ll likely strongly consider that position if the value is on the board. Hagemen can step in and play nose tackle or 5-technique in the Packers system. His talent level suggests he may go as high as top 10.
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