Green Bay Packers 2013 NFL Mock Draft, Week 6: 7 Rounds

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Green Bay Packers: 7-Round 2013 NFL Mock Draft. Will Ted Thompson Go Defense?

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12 days before the Green Bay Packers are on the clock with the No. 26 pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. Numerous mock drafters are projecting that this team will use that pick on either running back Eddie Lacy or tight end Tyler Eifert. That’s bizarre when one considers that the defense has allowed an average of 44.33 points in their last three playoff losses.

Does the war start in the trenches? If it does, then the Packers are well behind teams like the San Francisco 49ers. The Packers need depth on their offensive line and defensive line. They could use starters at offensive tackle and defensive end. In 2012, Aaron Rodgers was sacked 51 times. While some of that was on Rodgers for holding the football for too long, the Packers can’t let their quarterback take that many hits.

General manager Ted Thompson must address a plethora of team needs. Among those needs are complementary running back, backup fullback, wide receiver, offensive tackle, backup center, depth on the defensive line, backup outside linebacker and safety. It wouldn’t hurt to have some competition for Mason Crosby.

With huge upcoming contract extensions for Clay Matthews, Rodgers and many other players, this is an important draft. They need to stockpile this roster with affordable talent. Even if those players weren’t going to eat so much of the future cap space, Thompson always needs good drafts because of his dismissive approach toward free agency.

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 sixth of a series of seven mock drafts heading into draft day. This includes their compensatory pick (No. 167). Continue with slideshow.

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

Round 1 (Pick 26): Johnathan Hankins, DL, Ohio State University
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No chance that Eddie Lacy goes here. Biggest need is defensive lineman, especially if Jerel Worthy isn’t ready for Week 1. Even if Worthy was ready, Packers need more depth on the defensive line, someone who can require double-teams.

Backup Plans: Best 3-4 Defensive Lineman, C Barrett Jones

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Round 2 (Pick 55): David Quessenberry, OL, San Jose State University

Round 2 (Pick 55): David Quessenberry, OL, San Jose State University
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Trench depth isn’t just needed on the defensive line. David Quessenberry has been linked to the Packers because of his versatility to play all five positions on the offensive line and his athleticism to play in a zone-blocking scheme.

If the Packers want Quessenberry, they’ll probably either need to reach at No. 55 or trade up from No. 88.

Backup Plans: LB John Simon, DL Kawann Short, DL John Jenkins

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Round 3 (Pick 88): Stepfan Taylor, RB, Stanford University

Round 3 (Pick 88): Stepfan Taylor, RB, Stanford University
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Is No. 88 too early for a running back? Stepfan Taylor’s draft stock may drop following a poor combine workout. Although Taylor is a slower runner, he’d make a nice complement behind DuJuan Harris. Respectable value here.

Backup Plans: C/G Brian Schwenke, RB Johnathan Franklin

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Round 4 (Pick 122): Travis Long, OLB, Washington State University

Round 4 (Pick 122): Travis Long, OLB, Washington State University
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After Erik Walden signed with the Indianapolis Colts this offseason, the Packers need some depth behind oft-injured outside linebackers Clay Matthews and Nick Perry. Long has experience as a 3-4 OLB and is often compared to Brooks Reed and Connor Barwin.

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Round 5 (Pick 159): A.J. Francis, DL, University of Maryland

Round 5 (Pick 159): A.J. Francis, DL, University of Maryland
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Add more depth and competition to the defensive line. A.J. Francis is a versatile player who could make the team as the sixth defensive lineman in the rotation.

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Round 5 (Pick 167, Compensatory): Cooper Taylor, S, Richmond University

Round 5 (Pick 167, Compensatory): Cooper Taylor, S, Richmond University
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Don’t expect the Packers to view their safety situation as most experts do. They have some young players who they’re hoping will develop into starters alongside Morgan Burnett. It’s more of a minor need that may get addressed in later rounds. Earl Wolff or Cooper Taylor are possible options.

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Round 6 (Pick 193): Alan Bonner, WR, Jacksonville State University

Round 6 (Pick 193): Alan Bonner, WR, Jacksonville State University
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Although the Packers lost Greg Jennings and Donald Driver, they still have three proven wide receivers. They also appear high on Jarrett Boykin, who made the 53-man roster as an undrafted free agent.

Look for a late-round project who has return skills to compete with Jeremy Ross for the No. 5 spot. But hey—maybe I’m wrong and they pursue a high-pick project such as Quinton Patton or Stedman Bailey. No complaints from me if that happens.

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Round 7 (Pick 232): Braden Wilson, FB, Kansas State University

Round 7 (Pick 232): Braden Wilson, FB, Kansas State University
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Unless Caleb Sturgis or Dustin Hopkins are available here, Mason Crosby may get some competition from an undrafted free agent. With John Kuhn becoming a free agent after the 2013-14 season, the Packers need another fullback.

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