5 Worst-Case Scenarios for Green Bay Packers’ First-Round Draft Pick

5 Worst-Case Scenarios for Green Bay Packers' First-Round Draft Pick

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So far in recent mock drafts, the Green Bay Packers are projected to select a linebacker, a wide receiver or even a tight end, all of which would address major needs. But which positions or scenarios would be the absolute worst for the Packers with their first-round pick?

Here are the five worst-case scenarios for the Packers in Round 1.

5. Drafting A Center

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5. Drafting A Center

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After losing Evan Dietrich-Smith to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this offseason, center is a definite need for this team, but there are no centers worthy of drafting in the first-round, let alone with a top-25 pick. The No. 1 center in the draft is USC's Marcus Martin, and while he is a good prospect, he is nowhere near a first-round pick.

4. Drafting A QB

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4. Drafting A QB

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The Green Bay Packers put this scenario to use in 2005 when they drafted Aaron Rodgers No. 24 overall with Brett Favre still on the roster. As blasphemous as this may sound, Aaron Rodgers has had significant injuries during his career like a broken collarbone, broken leg and multiple concussions. A high prospect like Derek Carr could be a first-round quarterback, but Rodgers is still one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL.

3. Drafting An Edge Rusher

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3. Drafting An Edge Rusher

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I, for one, am tired of seeing the Packers draft defensive players with high picks who either get hurt too often (Justin Harrell, Jerel Worthy) or just can't play (Nick Perry). An edge rusher like Anthony Barr could slide on draft day, but after signing Julius Peppers this offseason and Perry's disappointing play, the Packers have other significant positions to address at No. 21.

2. Drafting TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins

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2. Drafting TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins

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These next two scenarios address specific players the Packers should avoid, and the first is tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins. Seferian-Jenkins had a huge drop-off from 2012 to 2013, and his injury history doesn't warrant a first-round pick. Despite losing Jermichael Finley in free agency, the Packers have other quality tight ends in Andrew Quarless and Ryan Taylor.

1. Drafting WR Brandin Cooks

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1. Drafting WR Brandin Cooks

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Wide receiver has been Green Bay's top need this offseason as providing quarterback Aaron Rodgers with plenty of weapons should always priority No. 1. After losing big receiver James Jones to the Oakland Raiders this offseason, some mocks have the Packers projected to pick Oregon State's Brandin Cooks, but the Packers already have a similar player to Cooks in Randall Cobb. A big receiver would be a better fit in Green Bay.


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  • Jack_Gallant

    The only significant injury Aaron Rodgers has had that affected the team is last years collarbone injury, which isn’t the reason the Packers shouldn’t draft a quarterback in the first round. The Packers don’t need to draft a quarterback at all. With Matt Flynn back on the roster and Scott Tolzien, the Packers are in much better shape at that position than they were last year with Graham Harrell and B.J. Coleman. Drafting a quarterback this year won’t help them make the playoffs or get to a Super Bowl. Justin Harrell and Jerel Worthy are not edge rushers. Nick Perry has always seemed like a 4-3 defensive end not a pass rushing outside linebacker. His ineffectiveness is the fault of everyone in the front office or coaching staff who thought he would be a good fit in a 3-4 system. Ryan Shazier could be that edge rusher they need and he’s the player I think the Packers should draft in the first if he’s still available at pick 21.