Green Bay Packers 2013 NFL Mock Draft, Week 2: 7 Rounds

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Green Bay Packers 2013 NFL Mock Draft, Week 2: 7 Rounds

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Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

On Mar. 12, the 2013-14 NFL calendar year officially started when free agency kicked off at 3:00 p.m. CT. Teams started addressing their needs for the upcoming season, giving them more flexibility for the 2013 NFL Draft. Even the Green Bay Packers had reportedly tried to lure a free agent: running back Steven Jackson. Jackson eventually signed with the Atlanta Falcons.

For the last three seasons, general manager Ted Thompson has constructed a roster that has reached at least the second round of the NFC playoffs. The Packers’ last two postseason trips were cut short because they allowed an average of 41 points per game to the New York Giants (37) and San Francisco 49ers (45). Much of that came from their inability to rush a pocket quarterback and contain a mobile quarterback.

There’s no doubt that Thompson must focus on defense. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t deficiencies on the offense. A power running back, wide receiver and depth on the offensive line are areas that need attention. If Jermichael Finley gets released, the Packers could use a downfield threat at tight end.

The draft doesn’t start until Apr. 25. That gives them plenty of time to address weaknesses with low and mid-tier free agents. But until they sign a proven defensive lineman (not projects like Anthony Hargrove, Daniel Muir and Phillip Merling), the Packers need at least three new bodies in their trenches, two for the defensive line.

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

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Round 1 (Pick 26): Johnathan Hankins, DL, Ohio State University

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In my Week 1 Packers mock draft, I had Arthur Brown going at No. 26. After I did a complete 32-team mock draft, I realized that there were at least five teams who could take Brown from picks 17-25. Trading up for him is doubtful.

For the last few seasons, the Packers have been obsessed with Big Ten defensive linemen. They’d probably consider Johnathan Hankins, a 317-pound defensive lineman who could eat up space in a division that features Adrian Peterson, Matt Forte and Reggie Bush. Hankins is a long-term replacement for Ryan Pickett.

This isn’t to say that Hankins is my pick—it’s just who I think they’d prefer.

Backup Plans: Any 3-4 Defensive Lineman, Trade Back

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Round 2 (Pick 55): Brandon Jenkins, DE/LB, Florida State University

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Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

After losing Erik Walden and possibly Brad Jones, the Packers are left with A.J. Hawk and a bunch of linebackers who couldn’t stay healthy last season (Clay Matthews included).

Even if Brandon Jenkins is a rotational guy behind Nick Perry and Matthews, the Packers need a linebacker—and they need one within the first two rounds of this draft.

Backup Plan: DE/LB John Simon

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

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Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

The Packers struck out on Chris Canty, who signed with the Baltimore Ravens. Now they can draft A.J. Francis, a versatile defensive lineman who’s similar to Canty.

Backup Plan: OL David Quessenberry

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Round 4 (Tentative Pick 25): Khaled Holmes, C/G, USC

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Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The third and fourth rounds are a good time to add quality depth on the offensive line. With the retirement of center Jeff Saturday, they need someone who can backup—and even compete—with Evan Dietrich-Smith.

Two guys who could do this are Khaled Holmes and Brian Schwenke. If needed, both players could backup Josh Sitton and T.J. Lang at offensive guard

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Round 5 (Tentative Pick 26): Zac Stacy, RB, Vanderbilt University

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Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

In my Week 1 Packers mock draft, Zac Stacy went in the fourth round. After reading some things, it sounds like Stacy won’t get drafted before rounds 5-7. It would help if the Packers could wait until the fifth round before they drafted a rotational player such as a power back.

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

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Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Despite losing Greg Jennings and Donald Driver, the Packers don’t need to use a high pick at wide receiver. They should use a lower pick on a project who can return kicks and punts. Alan Bonner can challenge Jeremy Ross for the No. 5 spot.

Any other competition should come in as undrafted free agents.

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

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Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

Out of football last season, Ray-Ray Armstrong would fit nicely on the practice squad. That’s assuming he falls this far.

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