2014 Draft Digest – Vol. 9

Odell Beckham Jr. of LSU makes his first appearance on the mock drafts this week.

Odell Beckham Jr. of LSU makes his first appearance on the mock drafts this week.

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.

WalterFootball.com

  • C.J. Mosley – LB – Alabama
  • Analysis: The Packers could address the defensive end, linebacker or safety position at No. 21. Of those positions, C.J. Mosley is the best player available despite Charlie Campbell’s report in the draft rumor mill that says Mosley is expected to go much later than most think. Green Bay just needs more speed in the middle of its defense to combat the scrambling quarterbacks it hasn’t been able to stop.

CBSSports.com (five mock drafts)

  • Odell Beckham Jr. – WR – LSU (predicted by Will Brinson)
  • Analysis: It’s weird to peg the Packers for a wideout in the first round with Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb on the roster. But Ted Thompson puts value in the best player available and Beckham surprisingly fell through a group of wideout-needy teams above. Nothing wrong with adding weapons for Aaron Rodgers.
  • Ryan Shazier – LB – Ohio State (predicted by Pat Kirwan)
  • Analysis: Shazier is a sideline-to-sideline player and would line up on the weak side as well as being the nickel middle linebacker. He is always around the ball with nine forced fumbles, 40 tackles for a loss and 13 sacks.
  • Ryan Shazier – LB – Ohio State (predicted by Pete Prisco)
  • Analysis: They looked so slow at times at linebacker. Shazier can run.
  • Jimmie Ward – SS – Northern Illinois (predicted by Dane Brugler)
  • Analysis: Green Bay has a need at free safety and although it would be somewhat uncharacteristic for Ted Thompson to go safety in the first round, Ward gives the Packers an instant upgrade in the secondary.
  • Louis Nix – DT – Notre Dame (predicted by Rob Rang)
  • The aggressive and somewhat surprising addition of Julius Peppers certainly diversifies Green Bay’s pass rush but further reinforcements may be needed on the interior, where the team appears ready to move on from veterans Johnny Jolly and Ryan Pickett. Nix is built similarly to holdover B.J. Raji, who was brought back on a one-year deal but plays with a more consistent motor.

NFL.com (two mock drafts)

  • Calvin Pryor – S – Louisville (predicted by Bucky Brooks)
  • Analysis: Safety has been a huge weakness in the Packers defense since Nick Collins‘ injury. Pryor would give the Pack a thumper between the hashes to discourage opponents from taking shots down the middle.
  • C.J. Mosley – LB – Alabama (predicted by Matt Smith)
  • Analysis: hey addressed their need at OLB/DL with the Julius Peppers signing, but they desperately need ILB help/depth.

DraftTek.com

  • Ryan Shazier – LB – Ohio State (consensus)

FFToolbox.com

  • C.J. Mosley – LB – Alabama (consensus)

Sports Illustrated

  • C.J. Mosley – LB – Alabama (predicted by Chris Burke)
  • Analysis: Mosley’s spending most of his public time these days trying to convince NFL minds that he is fully healthy. Green Bay would be fine if the perception that Mosley is fragile lasts right up until draft day. Capable of attacking the football or dropping in coverage, Mosley has the type of game the Packers are badly missing in their linebacking corps.

FoxSports.com

  • Ryan Shazier – LB – Ohio State

 

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