2014 NFL Draft: 3rd and 5th-Round Compensatory Prospects for Green Bay Packers

Top 10 Compensatory-Round Selections for the Green Bay Packers

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During this week's NFL Owners Meeting in Orlando, the Green Bay Packers were awarded a third- and fifth-round compensatory selection (98th overall and 176th, respectively). Green Bay's pick at No. 98 was the second-highest available, which was rewarded for Greg Jennings' million base salary, and trailed only the Pittsburgh Steelers.

These 10 players are satisfactory options for the compensatory rounds in order of the team's needs.

10. WR Brandon Coleman

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The big 6-foot-6 target would only help Green Bay's vertical passing threat next year and beyond. Coleman had a much better junior campaign in 2012, in which he caught 43 passes for 718 yards with 10 touchdowns. His decision to bypass his senior season seems a bit unwarranted with his numbers dropping this past year, but the Maryland native is a suitable jump-ball receiving option for quarterback Aaron Rodgers this late in the draft.

9. WR Jared Abbrederis

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9. WR Jared Abbrederis

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The former walk-on made a name for himself in Madison for superb route running and top-end speed, vaulting Abbrederis to tie the school's record in receptions, and finish second in receiving yards and touchdowns. Most notably, No. 4 put his skill set on the map against soon-to-be NFL cornerback Bradley Roby, registering 10 receptions, 207 yards and one score in Columbus. However, his history of concussions and lean stature raise some red flags.

8. TE Xavier Grimble

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8. TE Xavier Grimble

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Since starting seven games as a redshirt freshman, the Bishop Gorman High School product manned both tight end positions, en route to 731 career yards with 11 touchdowns. His 29-reception season in 2012 built small hype around Grimble heading into a big junior season, but was negated by a shoulder injury that sidelined him three-straight contests. The 250-pound end may not be the best option in the passing game, but is a stout run blocker.

7. TE C.J. Fiedorowicz

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7. TE C.J. Fiedorowicz

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Fiedorowicz's final season statistics did not jump off the page, but his 6-foot-7, 265-pound frame caught the recognition of many at this year's Senior Bowl in Mobile. While he did not have a single catch in the contest, other aspects of his game were brought to the forefront throughout the week's practice, as he was named the Most Outstanding TE/WR. His speed and versatility will only add fuel to the fire of Green Bay's aerial attack.

6. ILB Lamin Barrow

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6. ILB Lamin Barrow

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In this age of college football, it's hard to not gush over SEC defenders delivering tortuous hits to opposing ball carriers, and Barrow is no different. The slightly-undersized linebacker led the team in tackles with 86 and averaged 8.5 per game during conference play, earning him a spot on the All-SEC second team in 2013. Green Bay is thin at the inside linebacker position and a sound tackler this late would be a good grab for the team.

5. ILB Shayne Skov

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5. ILB Shayne Skov

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The Stanford Cardinal has built a helluva reputation for playing in-your-face, smash-mouth football since David Shaw took over, and Skov represented this style of play to the utmost degree during his time in Palo Alto. While he certainly looks the part of an intimidating defender, his pass-rushing ability and swarming to the ball are the biggest grabs for Dom Capers. Skov's 2013 stat line included 109 tackles, 5.5 sacks and three forced fumbles.

4. DT Justin Ellis

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4. DT Justin Ellis

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Ellis is one of several little-brother prospects trying to make a living in the NFL, and his 2013 play dictates the fact that he may in fact get that opportunity. Thanks to monstrous size (he sits at a cool 332 pounds), Ellis takes up space in the middle and clogs running lanes, as he did often in his 48-tackle 2013 season. However, his pressure on the quarterback was a toss up on any given play, recording only 1.5 sacks last season.

3. DT Daniel McCullers

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3. DT Daniel McCullers

Daniel McCullers
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Like Ellis, you cannot miss McCullers' mammoth-type size, weighing in at 351 pounds and standing 6-foot-8. His bulky status did not slow him down in 2012, recording 39 total tackles and 5.5 tackles for loss. This then prompted pundits to include him in a host of preseason watch lists, but nothing came to the surface for McCullers in 2013. He has the potential to wreak havoc in the trenches, but needs to display it on a more consistent basis.

2. FS Dontae Johnson

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2. FS Dontae Johnson

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Johnson's versatility should help his game at the next level, as he will be asked to cover tight ends and wide receivers. In 2013, Johnson started all 12 games with the Wolfpack, including five at cornerback and seven at free safety. The Pennington, N.J. native ran an impressive 4.45 40-yard dash at the Combine, but needs to work on his strength, especially in dealing with bigger receiving options, putting up only 12 reps on the bench.

1. FS Dion Bailey

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1. FS Dion Bailey

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Bailey is another product of USC's pipeline to the NFL, first established by Pete Carroll and carried out by his predecessors. To put it simply, he would an ideal complement to hard-hitting strong safety Morgan Burnett and a massive improvement over M.D. Jennings. The junior safety was all around the ball in 2013, recording five interceptions and six pass deflections. Bailey to Green Bay would be just another diamond in the rough discovered.


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