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Packers: Probable 1st Round Draft Choices

Senior writer jclombardi–probable 1st round Packers draft choice.

Football Fantasy ranking: Packers choice for 1st round based upon mock drafts.

1
Justin Houston, OLB Georgia
4
2
Akeem Ayers, OLB UCLA
4
3
Cameron Heyward, DE Ohio State
3
4
Aaron Williams, CB Texas
2
5
Phil Taylor, DT Baylor
2
6
Torrey Smith, WR Maryland
2
7
Brooks Reed, OLB Arizona
2
8
Danny Watkins, OG Baylor
2
9
Ryan Williams, RB Virginia Tech
2
10
Mikel Leshoure, RB Illinois
2
11
Muhammad Wilkerson, DE Temple
2
12
Christian Ballard, DT Iowa
1
13
Adrian Clayborn, DE Iowa
1
14
Brandon Burton, CB Utah
1
15
J.J. Watt, DE Wisconsin
1

COMMENTARY: These mock drafts believe the Packers will focus first upon defense. We agree that this is a possibility. We like the first two top choices, but DE Hayward is given an overrated ranking for DE:  Pros: “Quick and agile first moves. Strong and holds the point of attck well. Uses his long body to gain leverage. High effort player, his motor is always moving. No problem spliting double teams. Shines out on film as best defensive lineman. Has leadership and sets tone with play. Very good bull rush and swim. Strong base, does not give up ground when doubled. Cons: One move player, then resets his plan of attack and tries a new move. Slow DE and can’t give standard edge rush speed. Not an elite quick twitch player. Pass rush is average. Fantasy football is correct to only rank him at just number 20 for defensive end.  Ah, the fluff Packers press would focus upon him.  Meanwhile, as we discussed in previous previews about offensive needs, the Packers may see what quality OT falls to them when its time to choose.  It will be very interesting. Fans, what do you think?

 

 


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