Barring a trade, the Green Bay Packers own the 30th pick in the second and third rounds today, Nos. 62 and 94 overall.
Who could be in play? Here are some names to keep in mind — you know, until general manager Ted Thompson goes off-script. (Note, players expected to go early in Round 2 were omitted from these lists.)
ILB: Miami’s Denzel Perryman, UCLA’s Eric Kendricks, Mississippi State’s Benardrick McKinney, TCU’s Paul Dawson. Noteworthy: Thompson took, by his standards, a short cornerback in the first round. Why not a short inside linebacker in the second with the hard-hitting Perryman, athletic Kendricks or playmaking Dawson? McKinney is the old-school run-stopper. The Vikings, 49ers and Bills are scheduled to select ahead of the Packers and need inside linebackers, so maybe one of these four gets to Green Bay.
OLB: UCLA’s Owanagbe Odighizuwa, Mississippi State’s Preston Smith, Utah’s Nate Orchard, Louisville’s Lorenzo Mauldin. Noteworthy: Of the four, Mauldin is the most likely to get to Green Bay’s spot. He played in a 3-4 for Louisville. Odighizuwa and Smith are perfect elephant prospects. Maybe Odighizuwa’s hip history pushes him to Green Bay. Orchard finished second in the nation with 18.5 sacks after tallying only 6.5 as a sophomore and junior.
DL: Iowa’s Carl Davis, Washington State’s Xavier Cooper, Oklahoma’s Jordan Phillips. Noteworthy: Davis and Phillips are nose tackles while Cooper is an athletic, playmaking end. Nobody knows Phillips better than new Packers assistant Jerry Montgomery.
WR: Ohio State’s Devin Smith, Florida State’s Rashad Greene, Kansas State’s Tyler Lockett. Noteworthy: Smith is a dynamic deep threat while Greene and Lockett are slot receivers with proven return production.
OLB: Kentucky’s Za’Darius Smith, Arkansas’ Trey Flowers, Washington’s Hau’Oli Kikaha. Noteworthy: Smith fits at the elephant spot, Flowers is a powerful defender who’s at his best against the run and Kikaha has an injury history and is limited athletically but led the nation with 19 sacks as a senior.
CB: USC’s Josh Shaw. Noteworthy: Shaw is one of the last big, athletic cornerbacks in this draft.
DL: Arizona State’s Marcus Hardison. Noteworthy: Hardison essentially has one year of experience on the major-college level but has garnered some comparisons to former Vikings star Kevin Williams. He has plenty of athleticism for 307 pounds.
WR: East Carolina’s Justin Hardy, William & Mary’s Tre McBride, Auburn’s Sammie Coates, Michigan’s Devin Funchess. Noteworthy: Hardy is the NCAA’s all-time leader in receptions and has return experience. McBride put up outstanding numbers and has shown explosive return ability. Coates is powerful and athletic but has suspect hands. Funchess is a towering receiver with only so-so production after moving from tight end.
G/T: Mitch Morse, Missouri. Noteworthy: Morse is the typical Packers lineman candidate: a left tackle with the skill-set to play guard.
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