2014 NFL Draft: Green Bay Packers’ 5 First-Round Options at No. 21

2014 NFL Draft: 5 Options For Green Bay Packers at No. 21

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General manager Ted Thompson and Co. have had mixed success with their past first-round selections, ranging from players who are commodities on either side of the ball to injury-laden guys and everyone in between. However, if the Packers were to redeem themselves, this would be the year to do it. The class of 2014 is loaded with talent at the top dispersed with little drop off in talent in successive rounds.

5. DT Louis Nix

Louis Nix
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5. DT Louis Nix

Louis Nix
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The former Golden Domer is almost the exact same model of Packers' B.J. Raji, both boasting massive statures with the specialty of stopping the run. Nix posted impressive 2011 and 2012 seasons, registering 45 and 50 tackles, respectively. Yet, his numbers dipped in 2013, only garnering 27 tackles. Still, I think the potential is there to help improve the unit's league-worst yards per carry allowed in 2013.

4. ILB Ryan Shazier

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4. ILB Ryan Shazier

Ryan Shazier
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The prototypical-sized linebacker, Shazier would be a great value pick for the team's first-round selection. He was an absolute tackling machine the past two seasons at Ohio State, an area that Green Bay's defense has long struggled with. During the 2012 campaign, Shazier racked up 115 total tackles, 17 tackles for loss and five sacks. He followed that up in 2013 with an increase in total tackles (144), tackles for loss (23.5) and sacks (7).

3. DT Ra'Shede Hageman

Ra'Shede Hageman
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3. DT Ra'Shede Hageman

Ra'Shede Hageman
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The big boy from Minnesota punishes opposing offensive linemen with his quick, aggressive first step in the hole all the while maintaining a lower center of balance to deliver punishing hits to ball carriers. However, when he and Minnesota faced off against an NFL-worthy OL in the Wisconsin Badgers, he had hot-and-cold success. All in all, if he slips to No. 21, Dom Capers would more than welcome him to battle in the trenches.

2. LB C.J. Mosley

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2. LB C.J. Mosley

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There's no way to curtail Mosley's hard-hitting nature out on the field. From sideline to sideline, Mosley is all over the football with an endless motor. Plus, he isn't overly aggressive, proving to be a sound tackler in space. His pass coverage isn't up to par for NFL talent, but his athleticism (he posted a 4.6 40-yard dash and 35-inch vertical) is too high to pass on at this point in the draft.

1. S Calvin Pryor

Calvin Pryor
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1. S Calvin Pryor

Calvin Pryor
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For the past six weeks, I have been very high on Pryor and the likelihood of the Packers drafting the 6-foot-2, 210-pound free safety. Green Bay has been longing for a dependable free safety who is consistent, stout in pass coverage and a sound tackler. Those characteristics might be a far reach since that describes the perfect free safety, but I hold firmly that Pryor is the best at the position and a match-made-in-heaven for the Packers.

Rexford Sheild covers the Green Bay Packers for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @RexfordSheild and “like” him on Facebook. Also, add him to your network on Google.


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