Green Bay Packers 2013 NFL Mock Draft, Week 1: 7 Rounds

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Green Bay Packers 2013 NFL Mock Draft (7 Rounds), Mar. 11 Edition

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The 2013 NFL Draft will get underway on Apr. 25. From Apr. 25-27, the Green Bay Packers will look to improve a roster of a team that was eliminated in the NFC Divisional playoffs for the second consecutive season. They need players who can make an immediate impact on a defense that allowed 579 yards to the San Francisco 49ers.

As of Mar. 10, the Packers have seven draft picks. Their biggest needs are on the defensive line, offensive line and in their backfield. They could use another wide receiver and linebacker. They may not know the status of Jermichael Finley until Mar. 27. Should they consider bringing in some competition for Mason Crosby?

Who should the Packers take in the 2013 NFL Draft? For starters, management must find players who can stay on the field. Their last three first-round picks all finished the 2012-13 NFL season on injured reserve. That included Bryan Bulaga, Derek Sherrod and Nick Perry.

With the 26th pick, the Packers face an interesting decision. Most mock drafts have penciled-in Eddie Lacy or Tyler Eifert. Both of those picks are unlikely. The Packers don’t use first-round picks on plentiful positions such as running back. Even without Finley, the Packers aren’t desperate enough to use a first-round pick on Eifert; they have four other tight ends.

This slideshow is a seven-round 2013 NFL mock draft for the Green Bay Packers. This includes every draft choice from rounds 1-7. It’s the first of a series of seven mock drafts heading into draft day.

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Round 1 (Pick 26): Arthur Brown, LB, Kansas State University

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Here are two players who the Packers should covet: Arthur Brown and Margus Hunt. For this first mock draft, I’m giving Brown the edge because he’s younger and has less potential to become a bust.

Brown is an undersized linebacker who has the versatility to play inside linebacker or outside linebacker. For the Packers, that versatility is important because of how often their linebackers get injured. NFL.com compares him to 49ers inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman. Brown had the highest grade of any linebacker at the NFL Combine.

One thing that scares teams away from Brown is his 6-0 and 241-pound frame. That won’t scare the Packers, who drafted D.J. Smith despite his 5-11 and 239-pound frame. Smith was a sixth-round pick out of Appalachian State University.

Backup Plan: Margus Hunt, DE, Southern Methodist University

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Round 2 (Pick 55): Kawann Short, DL, Purdue University

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An immediate contributor is needed on the defensive line. If the Packers don’t add somebody from free agency, they must draft someone with one of their first two picks. They can’t enter the 2013-14 season with an oft-injured Mike Neal, an injured Jerel Worthy, an aging Ryan Pickett and an unproven Mike Daniels.

This franchise has been obsessed with Big Ten defensive linemen. If Kawann Short falls this far, that may continue.

Backup Plan: Quinton Patton, WR, Louisiana Tech University

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Round 3 (Pick 88): A.J. Francis, DL, University of Maryland

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NFLDraftZone.com has an interview with A.J. Francis. Francis was asked, “If you could compare your play to someone in the NFL, who would it be?” Francis answered, “Chris Canty.”

No doubt that the Packers could use that kind of player on the defensive line.

Backup Plan: David Quessenberry, OL, San Jose State University

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Round 4 (Tentative Pick 25): Zac Stacy, RB, Vanderbilt University

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At 5-8 and 216 pounds, Zac Stacy had impressive combine numbers that included 6.70 seconds in three-cone drill and 27 reps at the bench press. He’s similar to Maurice Jones-Drew in that he’s an undersized power running back who could complement DuJuan Harris and Alex Green. Stacy is a patient runner who runs between the tackles.

Stacy is worth a fourth or fifth-round pick. Then again, management may pass on him because of his injury history. The Packers have too many running backs who can’t make it out of the preseason in one piece.

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Round 5 (Tentative Pick 26): Khaled Holmes, C/G, University of Southern California (USC)

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There was a significant difference between the Khaled Holmes from 2011 and 2012. Holmes went from Second-Team Pac-12 selection to an injury-plagued season where he couldn’t protect Matt Barkley. For a fifth-round pick, it’s worth the gamble to see if Holmes just had a poor season.

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Round 6 (Tentative Pick 25): Alan Bonner, WR, Jacksonville State University

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Here’s some competition for Jeremy Ross as a No. 5 wide receiver and return specialist. Although Alan Bonner isn’t tall or fast, he runs good routes and makes yards after the catch. Those are traits that the Packers look for in their receivers.

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Round 7 (Tentative Pick 26): Ray-Ray Armstrong, S, University of Miami (2011)

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Would the Packers use a high draft pick on a safety? They’re comfortable with Morgan Burnett. They were satisfied enough with M.D. Jennings and Jerron McMillian to where they released Charles Woodson. Sean Richardson was a project player who had a strong preseason.

For a seventh-round pick, Ray-Ray Armstrong is worth a look. Armstrong is a raw talent who needs experience. His character concerns may keep this franchise from even considering him. He’s a solid candidate for the practice squad.

Joshua Huffman is a contributor for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, “Like” him on Facebook, or add him to your LinkedIn and Google networks.


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