Green Bay Packers Ideal 2014 NFL Mock Draft: Rounds 1-3

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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7 Comments
Jim Van Handel

Where is the D – Line Man, especially D-Tackle? No Pickett, No Jolly, Raji for 1 year, – No draft pick either? How about Ra’Shede Hageman at #21?

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chris peterson

Jim, thanks for the comment.

It wasn’t an easy decision not drafting a defensive lineman and in all honestly I kind of expected myself to. What I did was just looked at players projected draft value, then tried to consider Packers team needs and draft history and determine where I was going to go with the picks. I thought about D-line in RD1 and it would not surprise me if the Packers took a d-lineman there but I just don’t know if Hageman is their kind of player. He can be dominant at times but also seems to lose interest. TT is usually very safe with the first pick and if Mosley fell there I think it would be too good a value to pass up and I think there is realistic chance it happens. He is the kind of player they need and can’t afford to pass up. Also I see safety, tight end and center as bigger needs than D-line. The reason being if Raji has a bounce back year they can re-sign him or franchise him next offseason. The end spot should be solid with Datone Jones, Josh Boyd and Mike Daniels all signed through the next two seasons at least. But I wouldn’t be surprised to see them take one later on the in draft. They usually get at least one every year. Louis Nix from Notre Dame is another guy I like and could be their first pick if he is there at 21. I just believe if Mosley is there, he will be the pick. (Unless Clinton-Dix is there but I highly doubt that would happen)

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Nick Perry

If the first 4 picks turned out like this I’d be doing backflips. I like Bucannon at Safety, much better than Brooks from Florida State. If the Packers are able to get either Mosley or Shazier in round one, Bucannon or Ward in round 2, and Fiedorowicz and my boy Abberderis in the 3rd round, that would be a great draft in itself. All 4 of those players would contribute by years end, some more than others. Shazier is SO fast, I’m really starting to like him more than Mosley.

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chris peterson

Thanks for the Comment Nick. I agree that this would be a great start for the Packers if they could get those four players. I really think there is a chance Mosley falls to them and if he does I think he should be the pick. I like Shazier, don’t get me wrong and I think he is a very talented and explosive player, I just don’t think he would really fit in Green Bay very well. He is not really big enough to play OLB in the 3-4 and is also not big enough to play ILB in the the 3-4. He is better suited for a 4-3 defense where he can use his speed instead of having to take on blockers. I think what makes Mosley special is that is tough and can play inside but also has the athleticism to hold his own in coverage, that is something the Packers need. Bucannon would be a great pick but he is moving up boards quick so he may not be there at that point in round 2 but I think he would be a perfect fit. And I love Abberderis. Every time I watched Wisconsin he was making plays. He is just so smooth, he looks very NFL ready to me and I think he is smart enough and talented enough to make an impact right away especially if he were catching passes from AROD.

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Jake

Shazier was measured at 6’1″ and 237. You think that’s too small for 3-4? Mosley is 6’2″ 230 & Aj Hawk 6’1″ 247, He also ran an unofficial 4.36 40 time at his pro day, which would have been the 4th fastest time at the combine. I wanted Mosley, but the more I study this draft I think Shazier may be a better fit. The Packers D is missing the toughness that defenses like San Fran and Seattle have. Shazier is a player that will come up and put a lick on someone. I think that’s what we need.

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chris peterson

But Mosley has played the position he has taken on blockers. Shazier just not as good in that part of the game he is explosive though and is a very good blitzer. He could play in the 3-4 sure I just don’t think its the best position for him. But I wouldn’t be disappointed if he was the pick. I just prefer Mosley to him is all I was saying. He’s a good player though.

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Nick Perry

After making my comment I read up a little more on Shazier, I see your point Chris. Shazier is a little small and actually can get swallowed up by a fullback. I think Mosley is there too, or a good chance. It’s going to come down to how many teams pick QB’s in the first 20 picks. What Abberderis did to Roby of Ohio State was amazing, the kid can really play. That and everybody knew he was getting the ball and still couldn’t stop him. Thanks Chris!

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