Packers 2004 mock draft

Look for the Green Bay Packers to deal disgruntled cornerback Mike McKenzie away for a chance to select Virginia Tech's DeAngelo Hall in the first round of this weekend's NFL Draft.<p>

Here is a prediction on whom the Packers will select, along with a comment why in the draft:

1) CB DeAngelo Hall, Virginia Tech (This pick acquired from the Jets for CB Mike McKenzie)

Mike Sherman is focused on one thing...winning a Super Bowl. He wants players that share that focus and passion. Exit Mike McKenzie. Enter DeAngelo Hall. Hall has nice size and also world class speed. Hall has the skills to contribute right away. He excels in man to man coverage. Hall is also a dangerous punt returner.

2) DE Darrion Scott, Ohio State

Scott will be happy to reunite with former Buckeye teammate DL Kenny Peterson. Scott is a little undersized, but he plays the run very well. He is exceptionally quick off the snap as a pass rusher. Scott also has the ability to play inside or outside.

3) * The Packers trade their 3rd round pick for a 4th round pick and a 6th round pick.

4) LB Alex Lewis, Wisconsin

Lewis will bring a lot of intensity to the defense and special teams. He is a bit on the small side, but really delivers a blow. Lewis has good speed to play a base OLB and come off the edge as a blitzer.

Lewis will also upgrade the special teams with his ability to head hunt and block punts.

4) S J. R. Reed, South Florida

The Packers add another playmaker to the secondary. Reed is on the small side for a S, but he is always around the ball. Reed has excellent instincts and good range. He also has nice leaping ability on deep balls. Reed plays the run very tough.

5) OL Tyson Clabo, Wake Forest

Clabo is a big man that runs well, plus can play either guard or tackle. He is good insurance for the Packers in case the team loses G Marco Rivera to free agency.

6) QB Luke McCown, Louisiana Tech

McCown brings the Packers some insurance in case the team can't swing a trade for QB Tim Couch. McCown also brings a live arm that will become less erratic over time by learning from someone that has been there...Brett Favre. McCown will also push QB Craig Nall to upgrade his game.

6) DB Von Hutchins, Mississippi

Hutchins can play both CB and S. He has excellent speed and plays bigger than his size. Hutchins is a very solid tackler. He has had some injury issues, but brings a lot versatility when healthy.

7) WR Derek Abney, Kentucky

Abney is a small WR that is extremely quick. Abney has the ability to take a short hitch pass to the house. Abney is also a very dangerous return man.

7) DT Ahmad Childress, Alabama

Childress is a massive DT with excellent quickness. He can be very effective when he is rested. Chidress is tough to block, but has a propensity to tire easily and take plays off.

The Bottom Line

Sherman has been put in a very difficult position before the draft with the trade demands of McKenzie. Sherman is able to get rid of that distraction, plus get the best CB in the draft in Hall. Hall also adds good secondary depth with Reed and Hutchins. The defense also gets more athletic with the additions of Scott and Lewis. Childress also adds depth at DL. Clabo is a versatile player that has good abilty and is also good insurance. McCown helps the Packers depth at QB in case the trade with Tim Couch doesn't happen. Either way, McCown is talented enough to push QB Craig Nall. Abney brings an explosive factor both to the Packers' offense and special teams. Speaking of special teams, the team drafted three guys that can return kicks in Hall, Reed and Abney. They also have added an exceptional punt blocker in Lewis.

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