Green Bay Packers 2013 NFL Mock Draft, Week 5: 7 Rounds
Green Bay Packers: 7-Round 2013 NFL Mock Draft “All Defense” Edition
It’s no secret that the Packers must improve their defense for the 2013-14 season. In their last three playoff losses, the Packers have surrendered a total of 51, 37 and 45 points. That’s an average of 44.3 points per defeat. Dom Capers’ defenses have been incapable of controlling pocket quarterbacks (Kurt Warner, Eli Manning) and mobile quarterbacks (Colin Kaepernick).
There are many directions that the Packers could go in an “all defense” approach to a draft. Their front seven could use more speed and athleticism. They need players who are more physical and have a killer instinct (e.g. Bernard Pollard). The defensive line could use a dominant pass-rusher or someone who requires double-teams. The defensive line could also use depth, especially if Jerel Worthy starts the season on the physically unable to perform list (PUP).
It's important for the Packers to use their high draft picks on players who can stay healthy. The Packers’ last three first-round picks include Bryan Bulaga, Derek Sherrod and Nick Perry. They all finished the 2012-13 season on injured reserve. Does it have anything to do with the types of players that general manager Ted Thompson targets or is it a problem with strength and conditioning?
This slideshow is a seven-round 2013 NFL mock draft for the Packers. Please note that while this is an “all defense” mock draft, Rounds 6-7 will include offensive players. This eliminates too much congestion. The first six picks are used toward defensive players. The last two are used toward offensive players who could realistically compete for 53-man roster spots.
It’s the fifth of a series of seven mock drafts heading into draft day. This includes their compensatory pick (No. 167). For Week 6-7, I’ll return to regular mock drafts. Continue with slideshow.
Round 1 (Pick 26): Johnathan Hankins, DL, Ohio State University
After missing out on Chris Canty and Cullen Jenkins, the Packers must use the draft to add a defensive lineman who can make an impact during his rookie season. Players like Johnathan Hankins and Sylvester Williams are possibilities. Maybe Margus Hunt if they’re willing to take a project.
Backup Plans: Any 3-4 Defensive Lineman, Trade Down
Round 2 (Pick 55): D.J. Swearinger, S, University of South Carolina
Are the Packers satisfied with their current crop of safeties? After Morgan Burnett, they’ll have M.D. Jennings and Jerron McMillian who share time at the other position. If the Packers weren’t confident in them, they probably wouldn’t have released Charles Woodson.
At the same time, this defense could use someone like D.J. Swearinger. Swearinger is a physical hitter who will punish receivers who enter his territory. If Swearinger isn’t an immediate starter, he’d become a strong contributor on special teams.
Backup Plan: LB John Simon
Round 3 (Pick 88): A.J. Francis, DL, University of Maryland
Here’s another versatile defensive lineman who can play inside or outside. A.J. Francis has compared himself to Chris Canty, a player the Packers pursued this offseason.
Backup Plan: LB Brandon Jenkins
Round 4 (Pick 122): Quanterus Smith, LB, Western Kentucky University
Even before the Packers lost Erik Walden, the Packers needed depth behind oft-injured Nick Perry and Clay Matthews.
Although Quanterus Smith suffered an ACL injury late in 2012 and could miss some (or most) of 2013, he did have 12.5 sacks. Three of them came against the University of Alabama and projected first-round pick D.J. Fluker. If Kevin Greene could help him with consistency, then Smith could develop into an effective pass-rusher opposite of Matthews.
Round 5 (Pick 159): Michael Mauti, LB, Penn State University
Despite his lengthy injury history, Michael Mauti is worth a look as a late-round pick.
Round 5 (Pick 167, Compensatory): Nigel Malone, CB, Kansas State University
A team can’t have too much cornerback competition in training camp.
Round 6 (Pick 193): Braden Wilson, FB, Kansas State University
The Packers could use another fullback on their roster, especially if John Kuhn doesn’t return after the 2013-14 season (he’s a free agent).
Round 7 (Pick 232): Caleb Sturgis, K, University of Florida
Give some friendly competition to Mason Crosby. Whoever the top kicker left at No. 232 is.