Packers: Mock Draft Clock

Jclombardi picks Packers’ first round choice in 2010 Draft.

Guest senior writer jclombardi @ http://lombardiave.com

It is time to select the Packers first-round selection in the 2010 NFL Draft. As the Packers’ representative in the 2010 NFL Bloggers Mock Draft, I am making the first round choice for the Packers.

As a Packers blogger for major Packers blogs, I reviewed our 2010 draft needs and the probable choices in each round. Now, we begin with the first round of the 2010 Draft Day.  Most 2010 mock drafts have the Packers picking an OT, OLB, CB, or RB in the first round. The draft is loaded with quality tackles, but the Packers have signed veterans tackles LT Clifton and RT Tauscher into the coming seasons. Second, when the Packers pick at 23, Rutgers OT Davis will not be available. Who is kidding whom? Third, while it makes sense that the Packers will address the quality tackle opportunity in the first three rounds of the draft, I suspect they will wait into the 2nd or 3rd round to pick one from the still available solid choices.  

For the first round, the Packers will have a defensive focus. HC McCarthy and DC Capers see that the offseason evaluations point to the need for improvement by the current players, increasing pressure on the quarterback, and improving scheme adjustments as offseason plans for the Packers to achieve that defensive goal. If the Pack can solve their pass defense woes requiring more consistent pressure on the quarterback from both sides with another effective OLB pass rusher to complement OLB Matthews and a major upgrade to add need depth in the secondary with a blue-ribbon cornerback to go with CB Williams, they can advance deep into the 2010 NFL season playoffs. 

Thus, our immediate defensive needs in the draft are another pass-rushing outside linebacker and quality depth in the secondary. Excluding the choices gone, the Pack will pick from several premier pass rushers in the draft including TCU’s DE/OLB Hughes, Michigan’s DE Graham, Clemson’s OLB Sapp, or South Florida’s DE Pierre-Paul.

With the 23nd pick in the 2010 Mock Draft Among Blogs, the Packers select:

•••Jerry Hughes, DE/OLB, TCU•••

Thus, while a tough decision, I choose the undersized versatile DE/OLB Hughes. Although he may look like a second round choice, he has great potential as a first round OLB choice. Although an undersized DE who got pushed around on running plays, he will fit as a speed pass specialist OLB in the 3-4 defense.  At the combine, he ran a 4.69 seconds at the 40 yard dash and put up good numbers in bench pressing. He had a consistent season showing himself to be an athletic speed pass rusher with solid numbers (55 tackles and 11. 5 sacks).  He has enough leverage and length to disengage from blocks and get the ball carrier who bounces outside. He hustles downfield and gets through trash inside to make tackles. Overall, he needs only to improve in rush defense to develop into an overall solid linebacker for the Packers.

I welcome readers’ reactions with alternative choices, reactions, and commentaries.


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3 Responses to “Packers: Mock Draft Clock”

  1. Stroh says:

    EXcellent choice!!! Hughes has been my Packers pick for about a month. The elite LT will be long gone except for Brown who I consider a 2nd rd propect leaving OLB and CB as the positions of interest. Since an OLB/pass rusher helps the DB’s more than DB’s help the pass rush it has the greater priority.

    Hughes is almost the perfect size for a 34 OLB. His exceptionally explosive 1st step makes him THE best pass rusher in this draft. He also has a variety of moves as a pass rusher and is adept using his hands to counter the OT. He also has excellent quickness and change of direction which will make him good in coverage. His shuttle times make him among the elite at his position. He can gain the strength to become better in rush defense.

    Hughes along w/ Matthews will make the Packers pass rush among the best in the NFL in relatively short order!!!

    Some think Hughes is a 2nd rd talent but that is as a DE. As a 34 OLB his pass rush ability and quickness make him an immediate contributor if not starter!!! I think Hughes is among the top 5 defensive players in the draft along w/ Suh, McCoy, Berry, and Haden!

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  3. AJ karam says:

    TT will trade down then pick 2ND ROUND OLB\HUGHES, RB-WR-KR\MCCLUSTER, OT\VELDHEER 3RD ROUND S\WRIGHT, 4TH ROUND CB\AWUSU ANSAH, 5TH ROUND DE\NEAL, P\MESKO, 7TH RND
    WR\EASLEY,

    TT TRADE FIRST ROUND FOR EARLY 2ND AND 3RD
    THEN TRADE ONE OF THE 3RD ROUND PICKS AND THE 6TH ROUND FOR 2ND ROUND

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