2012 NFL Mock Draft: Green Bay Packers 2nd Round Pick
Green Bay will add another pass rusher to their defense by throwing Crick into the mix. The Packers selected Nick Perry, an elite pass rusher out of USC, in the first round. They will convert him to an outside linebacker who will line up opposite of Clay Matthews. That means Crick will remain as a defensive lineman who will set up on Matthews’ side. This will force offensive blockers to account for Crick which will allow Matthews to attack the quarterback and rack up the sacks like he did in 2010.
Crick is not known as an elite pass rusher but he does have a relentless motor like Perry and Matthews. This is something linebackers coach Kevin Greene loves to see in his players. The willingness to attack like a barrage of missiles until the play is dead is something Crick thrives on.
He is listed at 6’4”, 279-pounds, which means he has the perfect size to play defensive end in a 3-4 defense. Crick uses his height to knock down passes and has very strong hands to get away from blockers. He has the strength and athleticism to win one-on-one battles.
Crick’s primarily objective will be to pass rush the opposing quarterback, but he is also capable of stopping the run. He understands the movement of the line and is strong enough to bring down any ball carrier.
He suffered a knee injury last spring as injuries plagued his senior season, which eventually came to an end with a torn pectoral muscle. Crick does not have an explosive first step like most elite pass rushers do in the NFL and he will not be bull rushing pass blockers. Double-teams seem to be trouble for him; although, he should be strong enough to hold them off on the outside, opposed to the inside when lining up as a defensive tackle.
Crick recorded a 4.94 40-yard dash, 4.40 20-yard shuttle, 104.0” broad jump and 31.0” vertical jump. He also bench pressed 26 reps of 225-pounds, which should prove that his pectoral muscle is healed.
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