Green Bay Packers 2013 NFL Mock Draft, Week 7: 7 Rounds
Green Bay Packers: 7-Round 2013 NFL Mock Draft, Final Edition
Less than five months before the Green Bay Packers open their season against the San Francisco 49ers. Will the Packers have the necessary assets and coaching smarts to combat Colin Kaepernick and his version of the read-option offense? Is the answer to that question currently on the roster? Or will that happen this weekend?
From Apr. 25-27, the Packers will look to add players from the 2013 NFL Draft. Fans are hoping for upgrades on the defensive line, outside linebacker and at safety. With the No. 26 pick in the first round, the Packers should have many options when addressing these positions.
Need a defensive lineman? Look for Johnathan Hankins, Sylvester Williams, Datone Jones or Margus Hunt. Need an outside linebacker? Look for Arthur Brown. Want a starting safety? Possibilities may include Matt Elam or Jonathan Cyprien.
Maybe the Packers want to protect Aaron Rodgers, their star-studded quarterback who was sacked 51 times last season? After losing Greg Jennings and Donald Driver, management could look to surround him with better weapons. Those could come at wide receiver or running back. Maybe the Packers consider a long-term replacement for Jermichael Finley?
For a team who finished 2012-13 with an 11-5 record and a playoff win, there are a lot of areas to address. But which one is most important?
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 last of seven mock drafts heading into draft day. This includes their compensatory pick (No. 167). Continue with slideshow.
Round 1 (Pick 26): Johnathan Hankins, DL, Ohio State University
Will the Packers re-sign B.J. Raji next offseason? Even if they do, they need to help him with someone who either requires double-teams or rushes the passer from the edge.
Backup Plans: DL Sylvester Williams, DL Datone Jones
Round 2 (Pick 55): David Quessenberry, OL, San Jose State University
Versatile offensive lineman who could compete at left tackle or center. More than likely, David Quessenberry would spend his rookie season as a super-sub.
Backup Plans: LB John Simon, DL Kawann Short, DL John Jenkins
Round 3 (Pick 88): - Stepfan Taylor, RB, Stanford University
Need a running back who can do all the small things well? Stepfan Taylor could become a respectable complement for DuJuan Harris.
Backup Plans: C/G Brian Schwenke, RB Johnathan Franklin
Round 4 (Pick 122): Travis Long, OLB, Washington State University
Valuable depth needed behind Clay Matthews and Nick Perry.
Round 5 (Pick 159): A.J. Francis, DL, University of Maryland
Use a late-round pick on a versatile defensive lineman who could compete for the defensive line rotation in his first season.
Round 5 (Pick 167, Compensatory): Cooper Taylor, S, Richmond University
With Jerron McMillian and M.D. Jennings, the Packers will wait another season before they address safety with a higher pick.
Round 6 (Pick 193): Alan Bonner, WR, Jacksonville State University
Don’t envision this team using anything other than a third-round pick on a wide receiver. Maybe they’d consider Quinton Patton or Stedman Bailey if they drop to No. 55.
Round 7 (Pick 232): Braden Wilson, FB, Kansas State University
Another possibility is one of the top kickers. Maybe another fullback such as Harvard’s Kyle Kyle Juszczyk