2014 NFL Draft: Green Bay Packers’ Seven-Round Mock 2.0

Full 7-Round Mock for Packers

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix
Getty Images

After an unlikely playoff appearance in 2013, the Green Bay Packers head into this offseason with plenty of questions to answer. They’ve put together a solid showing during free agency, but still need to make a significant mark when the 2014 NFL Draft finally rolls around on May 8.

With that in mind, here’s a look at what the Packers could do with their seven current draft picks.

1st Round: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix
Getty Images

1st Round: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix
Getty Images

If the Packers want their secondary to improve in 2014, they can’t depend on Sean Richardson to get the job done at free safety. That means an upgrade is needed to avoid further embarrassment against the pass. Bringing aboard Clinton-Dix would solve their problems. Not only is the Alabama product a reliable cover man on the backend of the defense, but he’s an outstanding run defender who should upgrade the Packers across the board.

2nd Round: Chris Smith, DE, Arkansas

Chris Smith
Spruce Derden–US PRESSWIRE

2nd Round: Chris Smith, DE, Arkansas

Chris Smith
Spruce Derden–US PRESSWIRE

Even after the addition of Julius Peppers and re-signing of Mike Neal this offseason, the Packers still need help along the defensive front. Datone Jones is still a question mark, and Jerel Worthy can’t stay healthy. Plus, the Seahawks proved this season that you can never have enough depth along the defensive line. Smith is a high-motor, physical player who should be able to make waves as a 3-4 defensive end for Green Bay.

3rd Round: Yawin Smallwood, ILB, Connecticut

Yawin Smallwood
Getty Images

3rd Round: Yawin Smallwood, ILB, Connecticut

Yawin Smallwood
Getty Images

Put simply, A.J. Hawk and Brad Jones aren’t the long-term answers at inside linebacker. There’s some potential with Jamari Latimore, but the position needs a serious boost in talent in the near future. That’s where a player like Smallwood comes in. An uber productive player at Connecticut, Smallwood shows outstanding instincts and awareness when playing the run. He’s not an elite athlete and still needs work in coverage, but the upside is there.

4th Round: Jared Abbrederis, WR, Wisconsin

Jared Abbrederis
Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

4th Round: Jared Abbrederis, WR, Wisconsin

Jared Abbrederis
Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

With their top two receiver spots nailed down, the Packers need to worry about improving their depth after suffering numerous injuries last season. Jarrett Boykins showed some promise in 2013, but the position gets thin after him. Bringing aboard an intriguing talent like Abbrederis would certainly help Green Bay. Not only is he a reliable threat, but can do damage out of the slot and is considered by many to be a sleeper.

5th Round: Ryan Carrethers, DT, Arkansas State

Ryan Carrethers
Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

5th Round: Ryan Carrethers, DT, Arkansas State

Ryan Carrethers
Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

Even with B.J. Raji back in the mix, the Packers could use some extra depth at nose tackle moving forward – Raji isn’t going to be around forever, especially since he’s playing on a one-year deal. Carrethers is an outstanding interior presence who shows some pass rush skills along with an ability to anchor against the run. While he’s still a work in progress, Carrethers could develop into Raji's eventually replacement.

6th Round: James Stone, C, Tennessee

James Stone
Getty Images

6th Round: James Stone, C, Tennessee

James Stone
Getty Images

After watching Evan Dietrich-Smith head south during free agency, the Packers must put a new plan in place at center. They have J.C. Tretter currently slotted as their starter, but he hasn’t played a single snap in the NFL and might struggle early on. Drafting a late-round player like Stone isn’t going to be a solve-all, but he’ll bring competition to camp and could even steal the starting job if he catches on quick with the Packers.

7th Round: Tom Savage, QB, Pitt

Tom Savage
Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

7th Round: Tom Savage, QB, Pitt

Tom Savage
Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Packers are still searching for a legitimate backup for Aaron Rodgers after using three different quarterbacks to fill the void last season. While the seventh round might not be the best time to find one, taking a flier couldn’t hurt. Savage has slowly climbed up draft boards over the last month or so, and appears to have the physical tools to develop into a quality backup. A few seasons behind Rodgers could be the best option for Savage.

Gil Alcaraz IV is the Director of Content for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @GilAlcarazIV, like him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.