God bless Peter for even attempting such a feat. I chickened out on even doing a first-round mock draft because it's hard enough knowing anything and everything about the Packers' draft needs and plans, much less trying to figure out the strategies of the other 31 teams.
Here is a breakdown from his mock draft from a Packers perspective.
Round 1: No. 23
Florida CB Joe Haden
Maybe Schrager knows something that nobody else knows, with Haden falling all the way to No. 23. Haden, the only true freshman to start at cornerback in Gators history, is the consensus top corner in this draft, but Schrager has Boise State's Kyle Wilson going at No. 13 to San Francisco. The 5-foot-11 Haden ran poorly at the Scouting Combine but turned in 40-yard times of 4.45 and 4.48 seconds at Florida's pro day. If Haden lasts to No. 23, the Packers probably will feel like they won the lottery.
"Neither Al Harris nor Charles Woodson are getting any younger," Schrager wrote. "Haden's an All-American cornerback who can start right away. Learning from two masters of the position, he'll become an institution at corner in Green Bay. Some have Haden going as high as No. 7 to Cleveland. I think he ends up somewhere in the latter half of the first round, the second corner off the board after Kyle Wilson."
Better pick: None. More realistic pick? My hunch is that the top players on the board will be TCU's Jerry Hughes or Texas' Sergio Kindle for outside linebacker; Rutgers' Devin McCourty at cornerback; Indiana's Rodger Saffold, USC's Charles Brown or Rutgers' Anthony Davis at offensive tackle; and Idaho's Mike Iupati at guard or Florida's Maurkice Pouncey at center. The depth at cornerback and outside linebacker will last into the third round. The depth at left tackle may have evaporated before the Packers are on the clock at No. 56. Get the tackle. Now. By hook or by crook.
Round 2: No. 56
Mississippi G/T John Jerry
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Better pick: Looking at the group available on Schrager's mock, Utah's Koa Misi (6-3, 251) would make a great bookend to Clay Matthews at outside linebacker. You've heard Kevin Greene say it a million times: A 3-4 outside linebacker must be able to stop the run, rush the passer and play coverage. Misi will be a hit on run defense and in pass coverage, and he's got the ability (if not the proven production) to rush off the edge with his athleticism and power.
Round 3: No. 86
Oklahoma CB Dominique Franks
Better pick: None. Looking at who's available on Schrager's mock, Virginia's Chris Cook might be a better fit for the Packers' scheme at 6-foot-1, but Franks is probably the better talent and has a history of big plays on punt returns. Washington's Donald Butler has the talent and intelligence to replace A.J. Hawk in the lineup in 2011.
Round 4: No. 122
Penn State OT Dennis Landolt
Better pick: East Carolina's C.J. Wilson (6-3, 290) would provide a great insurance policy should something happen with Johnny Jolly due to his legal troubles. He's not the requisite 6-foot-4 or 6-foot-5 that teams prefer at the position, but his 15 sacks over his final two seasons would bolster the team's weak interior rush.
Round 5: No. 154
Oregon RB LeGarrette Blount
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Better pick: The Packers brought in South Dakota State's Danny Batten, and he'd add depth at all four linebacker positions and provide a lift to subpar special teams. Or, the Packers could add a much-needed fresh face at safety with Florida State's Myron Rolle. By now, you know the story of Rolle skipping the draft last year while on a Rhodes Scholarship. Rolle isn't a great athlete but goodness knows he won't be outsmarted. He'd be a great value if Schrager is right about Rolle lasting this long.
Round 5: No. 169
Nevada OLB Kevin Basped
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Better pick: On some draft boards, Baylor's J.D. Walton is the second-ranked center. He'd be a great value if available here, even with Scott Wells in place. Or, the Packers could add a challenger to tight end Donald Lee with either Alabama's Colin Peek, who can block and catch, or Pittsburgh's Nate Byham, who is arguably the top blocking tight end of this class.
Round 6: No. 193
Miami OT Jason Fox
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Better pick: None, but I don't think Fox lasts past No. 150 or so. There aren't many more intriguing late-round prospects than Northern Iowa safety Quentin Scott. Scott is a towering 6-foot-4 and 224 pounds and he ran his 40s in 4.4 and 4.45 seconds at his pro day. He picked off five passes as a senior. He's got potential as a centerfield-type safety, and some teams think he might be able to play receiver. It wouldn't be surprising if Scott is gone, too, so another fallback would be athletic James Madison guard Dorian Brooks (6-2, 306), who was a three-year starter.
Round 7: No. 230
Northern Arizona RB Alex Henderson
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Better pick: Henderson would be a solid pick, as would Southern Illinois running back Deji Karim. Both have big-time speed, which the Packers lack among their backup running backs. It's hard not to notice Central Michigan's Antonio Brown is still available, though. It's hard to believe a player who caught 110 passes for 1,198 yards and nine touchdowns as a senior is considered a seventh-round prospect. Throw in his five career touchdown returns on kickoffs and punts, and he'd be a great addition to a deep receiving corps. Donald Driver was a seventh-rounder, after all.
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