Senior Bowl Packers Mock Draft: Fourth Round

After getting an up-close look at the 90-plus players in Mobile, Ala., for the Senior Bowl, we produce a realistic all-Packers mock draft. This series continues with a high-character player who would bolster the defensive line depth.

Packer Report publisher Bill Huber spent Monday through Thursday in Mobile, Ala., watching most of the nation's best senior prospects at the Senior Bowl.

In this series, he produces his all-Senior Bowl mock Packers draft. Opinions are based on his observations, and conversations with Scout.com draft analyst Chris Steuber and league scouts who were in Mobile.

Last year, the Packers drafted three players who competed in the Senior Bowl: first-rounders B.J. Raji and Clay Matthews and fifth-rounder Quinn Johnson.

After selecting offensive lineman Zane Beadles in the fifth round, safety Harry Coleman in the sixth round and punter Matt Dodge in the seventh round, the Packers are back on the clock ...

Fourth round: C.J. Wilson

The Packers need to add some juice to their defensive line. Cullen Jenkins had 4.5 of the unit's 6.5 sacks. With little faith in veteran Michael Montgomery and rookie Jarius Wynn, starters Johnny Jolly and Jenkins both played more than three-quarters of the defensive snaps because they were counted on in the base defense and to move inside in nickel. Maybe they were worn down.

Jenkins didn't record a sack in his final seven games. Jolly had more than five tackles in four games in the first half of the season but not once in the final nine games. Neither were much of a factor in the playoff loss to Arizona. First-round pick B.J. Raji takes some snaps at end, but in the long run, the Packers see him as their nose tackle.

Enter East Carolina's C.J. Wilson, who plays a mean piano and a meaner defensive end.

"He's like a freak," then-ECU coach Skip Holtz said during the Conference USA media day in August. "The way he can jump, as fast as he is, as big as he is and his strength, he's a tremendous player.

"Even better, he's a phenomenal young man. He's extremely humbled; he goes back to church with his parents (and) he sings and plays instruments in the choir at his church. He's a great young man. I'm proud of him and I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to coach him."

Wilson couldn't compete because of academic issues when he enrolled at ECU in 2005. Now, he holds a degree in communications and became an honor student.

On the field, he was a three-time all-conference selection who tallied 27 sacks and 45.5 tackles for losses in four seasons. Wilson, with 5.5 sacks and 10.5 TFLs as a senior, was named the conference's defensive player of the year the last two seasons by The Sporting News. Durability isn't much of an issue, with Wilson closing with 36 consecutive starts.

During practices at the Senior Bowl, he was one of the best defensive linemen during double-team drills and posted a winning record when we charted one-on-one pass-rushing drills. He's a high-motor player with some skill to develop into a decent pass rusher under a quality position coach such as the Packers' Mike Trgovac.

"At 6-foot-3, 284 pounds, Wilson has great size and a quick first step," Steuber said. "He's fast off the edge, plays with good pad level and is a terror in the backfield. He's forceful up field and uses his hands to his advantage. He has to improve his arsenal of moves and learn to not always rush to the outside; he has the strength to rush inside."


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Bill Huber is publisher of Packer Report magazine and PackerReport.com and has written for Packer Report since 1997. E-mail him at packwriter2002@yahoo.com, or leave him a question in Packer Report's subscribers-only Packers Pro Club forum. Find Bill on Twitter at twitter.com/packerreport and Facebook under Bill Huber.


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