There are seven rounds in the NFL Draft for a reason. Franchise players can be found far after the first round (see Donald Driver), so while that sixth round draft pick may not be a big name, he might just make a big difference. The InsideTheHuddle.tv scouting department combed the college ranks to identify everyone from the blue-chip prospects to the hidden gems the Packers should target in the draft. So, without further adieu, we present you a seven round mock draft for your Green Bay Packers.
Alfonzo Denard (CB) - Nebraska
The Packers need help at nearly every position on defense. Dennard’s physical style fits in with the Packers’ defensive philosophy, and a year or two spent learning the tricks of the trade from Charles Woodson could make Dennard one of the best corners in this draft class.
Shea McClellin (OLB / DE) - Boise State
MClellin is a versatile player who saw time at defensive end, outside linebacker and inside linebacker last season. Some argue that McClellin’s impressive statistics were the result of a weak schedule; we beg to differ. In Boise’s game against Georgia, McClellin went head to head with projected first round pick Cordy Glenn and put on one of the best performances of his career. McClellin finished the day with 7 tacks and 2.5 sacks.
Chris Polk (RB) - Washington
Polk is a second round talent but due to the overall lack of demand for running backs he could fall to the Packers here in the third. Polk put up an impressive 1,488 yards, 5.1 yards per carry and 12 TDs behind a dismal Washington line. A very patient runner, Polk is excellent at waiting for the play to develop and making one swift cut up the field.
Tydreke Powell (DT) - North Carolina
Powell is a force in the run game and shows the ability to get good penetration. Some scouts are down on Powell, but the Packers desperate need for big bodies makes Powell their guy in the fourth round.
Mitchell Schwartz (OT) - California
Schwartz got experience at left and right tackle in a college career where he started every game in which he played. Schwartz’ bread and butter is definitely pass blocking, which makes him an appealing prospect to the Packers for obvious reasons. Schwartz would certainly need a few years of seasoning, but he has all the tools to become a late-round steal.
Kellen Moore (QB) – Boise State
Much like Ron Wolf, Ted Thompson likes to spend late round picks on quarterbacks he believes can develop into tradable assets. Despite all the collegiate records Moore racked up at Boise, he is nowhere near NFL-ready. Already pegged as a career backup due to his lack of size and arm strength, Thompson will rely on Mike McCarthy’s fabled quarterback schools to whip Moore into shape.
Malik Jackson (DE/DT) – Tennessee
Jackson shifted inside for the Vols this year and registered a healthy 56 tackles and 2.5 sacks. A transfer from USC, Jackson was lauded for the leadership role he took on immediately after stepping on campus.