After a wait that seems to have taken forever, the 2015 NFL Draft is now just two days away and now that we are on the cusp of draft, the time for Packers ideal mock draft has arrived.
Green Bay is a team that is hard to predict on draft day in large part because they pursue value over need. But sometimes, the draft works out just right so you can grab a player at a position of need, while also getting a good value. The best drafters do this and Ted Thompson is as good as anyone in the business.
So today we will go through rounds 1-3 and layout an ideal NFL draft scenario for the Packers with a mock of rounds 4-7 tomorrow.
So without further ado here is the Packers 2015 Ideal Mock Draft rounds 1-3:
Round 1 (30) – Jalen Collins, CB, LSU –
The 2015 draft is low on players with first-round grades but Collins is one of them and the Packers would be lucky to have him drop to this spot. He is 6-2, 203 pounds and runs a 4.48 forty. He is raw and had just 10 college starts but allowed just 35 percent of the passes thrown his way to be completed. Green Bay has a history of developing corners (Sam Shields and Tramon Williams) and could develop Collins into a shutdown corner. He is risky and is not Ted’s normal M.O. but sometimes you need to take a risk on talent, which is why if Collins is there, Green Bay should take him.
Round 2 (62) – Benardrick McKinney, ILB, Mississippi State –
The Packers are in need of a big bruising linebacker in the middle and McKinney fits that mold better than any linebacker in the draft. He’s 6-4, 246 pounds and fairly athletic. He’s a bit stiff in the hips and may just be a two-down player, which is why he may fall here, but he can be elite in the run game, which is why Green Bay needs help. Some have projected him to the Packers in the late first but if you have questions about whether a prospect can play on all three downs, then he is not worth a first-round pick.
Round 3 (92) – Clive Walford, TE, Miami:
If there is one position on offense that the Packers could use some assistance with it’s at tight end. Green Bay has no clear cut starter and if Walford is available here it would be an absolute steal. He had 11 games with multiple receptions in 2014 and is a solid blocker as well as a pass catcher. He would add another threat to an already elite passing game and would end day two of the draft with a bang for Green Bay.