With the 2017 NFL Draft now just two days away, it’s hard to contain my excitement. Within the next few days, the Green Bay Packers will have a bunch of new players and hopefully, we will have the answer to a bunch of questions about the 2017 roster.
While it’s difficult to predict what the Packers or any team will do on draft day, what I have always tried to do in my mock draft is lay out ideal scenarios that fit what GM Ted Thompson might do.
I try not to project players to the Packers that I don’t believe TT will select. Some players fit the Packers mold for a player and some don’t. Simple as that.
With that being said, here is my ideal mock draft with Green Bay in mind for the first three rounds. The ideal mock draft for rounds 4-7 will come tomorrow
Round 1: Quincy Wilson, CB, Florida —
The Packers desperately need help at corner and the 6-1 Quincy Wilson, is an ideal candidate to provide it. He doesn’t have blazing speed (4.54 in the 40) but he runs well enough. He had six interceptions in three seasons for the Gators and 14 passes defensed. He’s a physical run defender and with safety help over the top next season, could help stifle one side of the field immediately.
Wilson doesn’t have all the measurable skills you want, but he makes big plays. He also isn’t afraid to tackle and get physical and has played a lot of football. He’s a Thompson kind of player, no doubt.
Round 2: Taylor Moton, G/T Western Michigan –
Aaron Rodgers might have confidence in the Packers current list of candidates at right guard, but I certainly don’t. No disrespect to Patrick Lewis, Don Barclay and Kyle Murphy, but unless one of them is much better than they were previously, which could be the case with second-year players Lewis and Murphy, none of them should be starting.
At 6-5, 319 pounds, Moton has tackle size, but also spent the 2015 season as a right guard. His other three years as a starter were at tackle, and in that role, he was effective. The Packers love drafting tackles and making them guards and with Moton, the transition would be easy.
Round 3: Samaje Perine, RB, Oklahoma:
Perine may not last until the Packers third-round selection, but in the ideal draft scenario, he would. At 5-11, 233 pounds, Perine would provide the physical presence Green Bay needs in the backfield with Ty Montgomery.
In three years for Oklahoma, Perine was extremely productive. He rushed for 4,122 yards and averaged six yards a carry doing it. He also had 40 career receptions for 321 yards, showing he is capable in that area, as well as 51 total touchdowns, proving he can find pay dirt. The early-entry is an ideal candidate Green Bay and if it works out Friday, the Packer shouldn’t miss a chance to select him.