Green Bay Packers 2013 NFL Mock Draft, Week 3: 7 Rounds
Green Bay Packers 2013 NFL Mock Draft, Week 3: Compensatory Picks Included
Another week has passed. That means another mock draft covering the Green Bay Packers. Have there been any significant changes that could affect what the Packers do with their selections in the 2013 NFL Draft, fifth-round compensatory pick included?
There hasn’t been much roster turnover during these first two weeks of free agency. Greg Jennings joined the arch-rival Minnesota Vikings and Brad Jones decided to stay as a depth linebacker. There haven’t been many things that would alter potential draft plans. Therefore, there haven’t been many reasons to change my weekly mock draft.
Few would disagree with the thought that the Packers must draft a defensive lineman with one of their first two picks. They’re already entering the 2013-14 NFL season without Jerel Worthy, who tore his ACL on Dec. 30. They can’t rely on a player who’s as oft-injured as Mike Neal. Even before Worthy’s knee injury, their depth was either unproven or lackluster.
What other areas must this team address? They could use another wide receiver. Should they use a high pick to replace Jennings or a low pick who’d challenge Jeremy Ross as the No. 5 receiver? Even with Jones, the Packers could use more depth at linebacker. Shortly after free agency started, Erik Walden signed with the Indianapolis Colts.
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 third of a series of seven mock drafts heading into draft day. This includes their compensatory pick (No. 167). Please note that this pick can't be traded.
Round 1 (Pick 26): Johnathan Hankins, DL, Ohio State University
This continues the trend of Big Ten defensive linemen coming to Northern Wisconsin.
Backup Plans: Any 3-4 Defensive Lineman, Trade Back
Round 2 (Pick 55): John Simon, LB, Ohio State University
I swear I’m not some Ohio State or Big Ten fan; John Simon and Johnathan Hankins just seem like players who’d rank highly on the Packers’ draft board.
Backup Plans: LB Brandon Jenkins, WR Stedman Bailey
Round 3 (Pick 88): A.J. Francis, DL, University of Maryland
A.J. Francis is a versatile defensive lineman who can play inside or outside, similar to what Chris Canty would’ve done had he signed.
Backup Plans: OL David Quessenberry, S D.J. Swearinger
Round 4 (Pick 122): Brian Schwenke, C/G, University of California
More depth is needed in the interior of the offensive line. Some options include Brian Schwenke and Khaled Holmes. Schwenke gets the nod because he doesn’t have the injury history.
Round 5 (Pick 159): Zac Stacy, RB, Vanderbilt University
Another player with an injury history, Zac Stacy is a power back who has been compared to Maurice Jones-Drew. Good value if he falls into the fifth round.
Round 5 (Pick 167, Compensatory): Alan Bonner, WR, Jacksonville State University
Here’s a player who can compete for the No. 5 spot. Maybe he’ll develop into an effective slot receiver.
Round 6 (Pick 193): Braden Wilson, FB, Kansas State University
Remember when the Packers had three fullbacks? No reason they can’t add someone with John Kuhn. Braden Wilson is the best old-school style of fullback in this draft. He’ll help in short-yardage situations.
Round 7 (Pick 232): Caleb Sturgis, K, University of Florida
Bring in a kicker who can compete with Mason Crosby in training camp. Top choices are Caleb Sturgis (Florida) and Dustin Hopkins (Florida State).