2014 NFL Mock Draft 2.0: Who Do Green Bay Packers Select With 21st Overall Pick?

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With both the Senior Bowl and Combine in the books, we’ve reached a perfect time for an updated mock draft.  As usual, we’ll go pick by pick to make sure we discuss each pick thoroughly enough, and as usual, we’re assuming I’m the GM, so I’m not making picks based off who I actually think will go where, but rather who I’d take with the slot.  And no, no trade scenarios because they’re infinite.

Here’s a quick rundown of our draft so far: no. 1  Houston Texans (Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina), no. 2 St. Louis Rams  (Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M), no. 3 Jacksonville Jaguars  (Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville), no. 4 Cleveland Browns (Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M), no. 5 Oakland Raiders (Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn), no. 6 Atlanta Falcons (Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan), no. 7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson), no. 8 Minnesota Vikings (Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State), no. 9 Buffalo Bills (Khalil Mack, DE/OLB, Buffalo), no. 10 Detroit Lions (Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M), no. 11 Tennessee Titans (Anthony Barr, DE/OLB, UCLA), no. 12 New York Giants (C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama), no. 13 St. Louis Rams (Ha’Sean Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama),  no. 14 Chicago Bears (Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri). no. 15 Pittsburgh Steelers (Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State), no. 16 Dallas Cowboys (Aaron Donald, DT, Pitt), no. 17 Baltimore Ravens (Eric Ebron, TE, UNC), no. 18 New York Jets (Marqise Lee, WR, USC), no. 19 Miami Dolphins (Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame) and no. 20 Arizona Cardinals (Ra’Shede Hageman, DT/DE, Minnesota).  With the 21st pick of the 2014 NFL Draft, who do the Green Bay Packers select?

Lous Nix, NT, Notre Dame.

I know that a roving free safety who can make plays in centerfield is what we really need, but the one guy who could really do that in this draft class (Clinton-Dix) is long off the board, and the guy most consider the second best safety prospect (Calvin Pryor, Louisville), is more of an in-the-box safety, a role Morgan Burnett already fills for us.  With that said, I’ll look for Terrence Brooks (FS, FSU) in round two.

Anyone who understands how an odd front operates understands how important the nose is to running it effectively. Nix will finally give me the nose that we’ve been looking for since we switched over to a 3-4 front under Dom Capers.  We thought we filled that role when we took B.J. Raji in the first round in 2009, and he did have a very good 2010 season for us.

Even still, he’s mostly been playing outside at the 5-tech, not a head up 0, and hasn’t had a sack since the Thanksgiving Day game against the Detroit Lions in 2011 (seriously).  We re-signed him to a one-year deal, and who knows, maybe he turns back into the 6.5 sack guy we saw in 2010, and if so, great.  But I’m not going to bet on a guy who’s on a 36 game sack-less streak to all of a sudden see the light.

With Nix, I’m getting the best 3-4 nose prospect to come along since Vince Wilfork. He’s big enough (6-foot 2, 345-pounds) and has enough strength to play two gaps, but also has decent pass rush ability to split the double team and collapse the pocket.  He’s got impressive lateral agility and quickness for a man of his size and plays with a good motor.  Essentially he’s a better version of what we thought we were getting in Raji.

Who else was considered here? Brandin Cooks (WR, Oregon State) and Odell Beckham (WR, LSU) were highly considered here not only because they’d be a good value pick at no. 21, but they could also provide insurance in case we can’t re-sign either Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb, both of whom are entering the last year of their contracts.  Plus, it never hurts to give QB Aaron Rodgers another explosive weapon.

Morgan Moses (OT, Virginia) was also a good possibility here.  Bryan Bulaga, who should be switching to the right side with the emergence of David Bakhtiari, will be in the last year of his rookie deal and has been a total bust so far.  Moses would give us the road grader on the right side we’ve been looking for.

Rick Stavig is an NFL Draft Columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @rickstavig or add him to your network on Google+.

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  • holmesmmd

    We need an ILB more than Nix. If Raji doesn’t work out this year, we can always draft a NT next year. CJ Mosley would have a much greater impact immediately IMO. Ryan Shazier or Van Noy would also be great additions. We need speed in the second tier! Hawk and Jones are getting destroyed when opposing QB’s break contain or when they are asked to cover middle zone routes. We must fix this to beat SF & Seattle, period!!

    • Bear D

      The Packers don’t have a chance at beating the Niners or Seahawks, no matter who they draft. Packer fans are hilarious!

      • $100009698

        the seahawks have basically released most of their good players LMAO.

        I hate the pack, but come on, lets be honest.

      • holmesmmd

        Moron: GB lost on a last second FG with their 3rd string defense in the playoffs. They were beating SF in the 4th qt in the reg season. Beat Seattle the year before but got screwed by Fail Mary. Watch much football? What I do know is that we will continue to kick the crap out of the weak ass Bears, continue to own the division, and at least make the playoffs. Gay Cutler and the Bears certainly won’t beat any of the teams being discusse. You sound like a fool

  • Teddy

    Bulaga has been total bust? He started every game since week 5 in 2010, made the NFL all rookie team, and became the youngest player to start in a Super Bowl. Maybe you meant Sherrod? He snapped his leg in half and the emergency surgery was botched. I think OT already has some really good competition this year. I think this year looks good for trading back to be honest. Lots of good middle round guys. Chris Borland, Jimmy Ward, C.J. Fiedorowicz, Jeff Janis, Justin Ellis, Jerick McKinnon, and Howard Jones are a few on my wish list.

  • Tim Ernst

    If Ha-Ha and Mosley are unavailable, I hope Ted trades down. I could live with Ebron or Nix at that spot, but would really prefer Niklas in the second as far as value goes. With guys like Skov, Moncrief, Ellington, Martin, etc possbily available in the 3rd, trading down could yield great value.