With the NFL Draft now just three weeks away, the rumors and speculation are ramping up — therefore, I figured it was the perfect time to release a mock draft specific to the Green Bay Packers.
However, this is not going to be a normal mock draft — instead it’s going to be a breakdown of what I foresee as being the ideal draft scenario playing out for the Packers come draft day.
This first edition of the Packers 2014 NFL Mock Draft will include two parts; part one will mock rounds 1-3 and part two which will encompass rounds 4-7.
Today we are going to tackle the first three rounds of the draft — these are what I like to call the money picks because rounds 1-3 is really where teams should be building their foundation and getting starting caliber players with each selection.
Due to the free agent loses of Greg Jennings and Erik Walden last offseason, the Packers received two compensatory picks in the 2014 Draft, one at the end of the third round and another at the end of the fifth round. That gives Green Bay four picks in the first three rounds, which is a huge plus considering this draft is as deep as any in recent memory.
Now let’s get to the mock:
Round 1 (21) – C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama – The truly Ideal draft scenario for the Packers would be if Mosley’s teammate, safety Ha Ha Clinton Dix fell to the Packers but there is no way that is happening, so the Packers will have to settle for the best inside linebacker in the draft in Mosley. The fourth-year senior was a full-time starter over his last two seasons but saw the field for four years with the Crimson Tide and racked up 319 tackles, 23.5 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks, five interceptions and 24 passes defensed. Mosley is a true, three-down linebacker and would provide the kind of physicality and athleticism inside that Green Bay has been lacking. He is unquestionably a top-15 player but may slip due to the decreasing value on inside linebackers on draft day.
Round 2 (53) – Deone Bucannon, S, Washington State – Every Packers follower knows the team needs to come away from the 2014 Draft with a safety and Bucannon would be a perfect fit in round two. At 6-1, 215-pounds, Bucannon is a versatile, athletic prospect who can be equally effective in the box and in coverage. He was a four-year starter with the Cougars, who led the Pac-12 in tackles and interceptions as a senior. For his career, he 384 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss, 15 interceptions and 23 passes defensed. He simply makes plays and could make an impact right away if selected by Green Bay.
Round 3 (85) – C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE, Iowa – With the uncertainty surrounding the return of former starting tight end Jermichael Finley, the Packers will make a concerted effort to come away from this draft with a tight end and if they are fortunate, Fiedorowicz will be available when Green Bay selects in the third round. Fiedorowicz is an absolute beast at 6-7, 285-pounds. He is one of the best blocking tight ends in the draft, which would fit with the Packers new, physical ground game. Yet he can also do some things as a receiver and caught 91 passes for 899 yards and 10 touchdowns in his Iowa career. He would also add a much-needed red zone presence for quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Round 3 (98) Jared Abberderis, WR, Wisconsin – With the departure of free agent James Jones to the Oakland Raiders, the Packers have a bit of a void at wide receiver after Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb and Jarrett Boykin. There is talent but depth is needed and Abberderis would be an absolute steal if he’s still available at this point in the draft. Abberderis is one of the most NFL-ready wide outs in the draft, has good size, good speed and tremendous hands. He is also a great route runner and shows very good body control. Last season, he caught 78 passes for 1,081 yards and seven touchdowns. For his career, he caught 202 passes for 3,140 yards and 23 touchdowns. The former Badger could also contribute right away in the return game as he averaged more than 10 yards per punt return and more than 25 yards per kickoff return, with one career return touchdown on his record.
Check back tomorrow for part two of the Packers ideal 2014 Mock Draft as we tackle rounds 4-7.