By Bryan Zarpentine @BZarp on April 25, 2014
With nine total picks and only a few truly pressing needs, it should be an interesting draft for the Green Bay Packers. They should have the flexibility to make some trades and make a few luxury picks instead of always drafting according to need. But if they don't make any draft day trades, here is a mock draft of what the Packers could do in the 2014 NFL Draft.
It's not an absolute certainty, but there's a good chance that Calvin Pryor will fall to Packers at No. 21. Assuming he does there's no way that Green Bay doesn't take him. Safety is probably Green Bay's biggest need, and selecting Pryor would be a big step towards a successful draft.
The Packers lost Evan Dietrich-Smith in free agency, so they'll need to replace him. If Green Bay waits too long to take a center, all the good ones will be gone, so their best bet is to grab Weston Richburg in the second round as he's one of the best centers available.
Green Bay needs some depth at middle linebacker, and Chris Borland is a smart and steady player who could blossom into a dependable starter. The fact that he went to Wisconsin makes it all the better for the Packers to pick him.
The Packers will double up on former Badgers in the third round, as they try to build up some depth in their receiving corps and give Aaron Rodgers as many passing targets as possible. It's a bit of a luxury pick, but with good depth at wide receiver in this draft and an extra third-round pick, it's not a stretch to see Green Bay pick up a receiver before the end of Day 2.
It never hurts to add a pass-catching tight end to the Green Bay offense -- especially one like Arthur Lynch, who had such a productive college career at Georgia. Lynch should be a guy Aaron Rodgers likes throwing the ball to which will enable him to contribute as a rookie.
The Packers are going to need to take multiple safeties in this draft to help shore up that position, and Ahmad Dixon should be a nice pick in Round 5. He has some things to improve, but he's a physical player and a big hitter. There's nothing wrong with adding a player like that to the secondary.
Deandre Coleman can player either inside or outside in Green Bay's 3-4 scheme, so he adds good depth and versatility to their defensive front, which is something Green Bay needs to do before the end of the draft.
Adding depth at cornerback wouldn't be a bad move for the Packers late in the draft. Johnson brings a lot of size to the position at 6-foot-2, so he's a guy worth taking a chance on in the later rounds.
In the final round of the draft, the Packers might as well take a chance on a behemoth of an offensive lineman like Cornelius Lucas. He's 6-foot-8 and moves well for a player his size. He also works hard and plays with an attitude, which is something you like to see in offensive linemen. He's a project, but there's some upside here, so he's not a bad pickup for Green Bay with their final pick in the draft.
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