BDvM Ed. Note: The Backdeck vs The Mayor is back with their potent powers of prognostication to ponder Packers picks (try say that three times fast) for the first three rounds in the 2014 NFL Draft. Last year Tom ‘Backdeck’ Knigge correctly picked Datone Jones as the Packers first pick whereas  Kyle ‘The Mayor’ Cousineau had Eddie Lacy. Lacy was picked by the Packers however a round too late to earn Kyle any credit & trust me, Tommy took as much credit as possible all year for his Jones pick. Let’s see if Tommy will retain those bragging rights or if Kyle will be able to usurp the current title holder.

The Backdeck

I’m back to take on the Mayor of Titletown.  I nailed the pick of Datone Jones last year and hated the idea of taking Eddie Lacey so let’s hope I am way off on everything.

Names I would love to have called off at pick 21  are Clinton-Dix, Pryor, Mosley, Shazier, Cooks or Beckham Jr.  Unfortunately I expect all of those players that have been linked to the Packers in Mock Draft after Mock Draft to be off the board.  So…

Round 1 (21st overall)

My official pick, as it were, is Thompson will trade out of first round.

If they are stuck here though and none of the players listed above are available I will go with Marqise Lee, Wide Receiver out of USC.  The Packers have seemed to struggle with yards after the catch recently so get the ball in this guys hands and watch out.

Alt Pick:
Stephon Tuitt.  Perfect 3-4 DE. Packers got bigger with Datone Jones last year and get another book end who is 6-7 333.

Round 2 (53rd overall)

Whether they were able to trade out of the first round for a higher second round pick or have to trade up in this round the pick here is the same no matter, Deone Bucannon Safety out Washington State .  It wouldn’t shock me if they make this pick at in Round 1 at 21 but I think Ted does what he has to do to secure this player in Round 2

Alt Picks:
Allen Robinson, WR Penn State – Ted knows 2nd round wide receivers.
Jarvis Landry, WR LSU

Round 3 ( 85th overall)

Christian Jones, LB Florda State – The Packers finally get their Inside Linebacker to compete w/ Brad Jones.

Round 3 (98th overall – Compensatory)

Compensatory Pick: C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE Iowa .  I am one of the few people who is fine w/ Andrew Quarless as our Starter.  But everybody else seems to think it’s mandatory we take one in the first 2 rounds so I will take him here.

Alt Picks:
Travis Swanson or Bryan Stork, Center.  Not only could they come in & start but would also give the Packers  much needed depth so they don’t have to move Lang or anyone else for that matter if Tretter goes down w/ an injury.

It’s going to be 75 degrees here in Green Bay tonight for the draft.  So rest assured, I will have plenty of Red Bull Vodkas and the Mayor will be pounding Miller Lites while we watch the draft from my “backdeck”

In Ted We Trust

The Mayor

So here we are.  Round 2. Year 2.  Whatever you want to call it.  If I know my buddy Tommy, he’s going to brag in his intro about correctly picking Datone Jones to the Packers in the 1st round last year.  I’ll give him that.  But I, personally, take more credit in correctly nailing the Eddie Lacy selection.  Granted, I had the Packers taking Lacy in the 1st instead of the 2nd, but we’re not here to talk semantics.  And  yes, I do take credit because I had the vision and foresight to select Eddie Lacy in the 1st round because I knew he was going have such a huge impact for the Packers in 2013.  So just call me Ron Wolf.  Or Ted Thompson.

I had a feeling Wally would ask us to bring back this ever popular series Backdeck vs The Mayor for this year’s draft.  You would think I would’ve done a little more research to get myself prepared.  Nope.  I just read a bunch of other mock drafts, blog posts, and player rankings to get myself ready for this.  So I guess you can call me draftnik now.

Round 1 (21st overall)

“With the 21st pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Green Bay Packers select… CJ Mosley.  Linebacker from Alabama .”

There is absolutely no doubt CJ Mosley would be an upgrade to the ILB position for the Green Bay Packers.  And that is why Ted Thompson will be salivating when he sees Mosley available with the 21st pick.  If you look at the defensive rosters of the 49ers & Seahawks what do they have?  Great play from the linebackers.  And if Teddy T wants to improve his defense, he gets it done up with the middle with CJ Mosley.

Alt Pick:
Calvin Pryor – Safety, Louisville – I could also see the Packers addressing the Safety position early in this year’s draft.  There’s no question that this defensive backfield is already better than last years’ because MD Jennings & Jerron McMillian are no longer on the roster.  But if Ted Thompson wants to address this position early, he has to go for Calvin Pryor.  Pryor was known for being a violent tackler while at Louisville while having great game speed and tremendous ball skills.  So pretty much everything the Packers have missed since losing Nick Collins.  Sign me up.

Round 2 (53rd overall)

Troy Niklas – TE, Notre Dame – Unlike my buddy Tommy, I do not think the Packers can go into the 2014 with Andrew Quarless as their starting Tight End.  Niklas, a former offensive linemen, is known his freakish athleticism and blocking ability.  Having Niklas in the same position group with Quarless & Brandon Bostick gives the Packers a nice set of TE’s that have their own specific skill sets.

Alt Pick:
Jimmie Ward – Safety, Northern Illinois – In a perfect world, Jimmie Ward would still be sitting there at the 53rd pick.  Unfortunately I don’t think he will be, so the Packers may have to move up to get Ward.

Round 3 ( 85th overall)

Dion Bailey – Safety, USC – Obviously both of my secondary picks in the 1st & 2nd rounds were Safeties.  If neither of those happen, then the Packers have to address the massive hole in the defensive backfield here.  Yes, I’m intrigued by Micah Hyde possibly switching positions, but who said a little competition ever hurt anybody?  Bailey is sort of a project player as a coverted LB to S, but he has a ton of natural skill that can be fine-tuned in the NFL.

Alt Pick:
Will Sutton – Defensive Tackle, Arizona State – Maybe it’s just name value alone, but I’d love to Sutton in the Green & Gold.  Sutton showed flashes of dominance at Arizona State.  With BJ Raji only on a one-year deal, I think Sutton would be a great sub-package player in 2014 who makes a seamless transition to the starting role if Raji walks in 2015.

Round 3 (98th overall – Compensatory)

Kevin Norwood – WR, Alabama – Ron Wolf always said that one of his biggest regrets was not getting Brett Favre enough weapons on offense.  With this pick I see Wolf’s disciple, Ted Thompson, re-loading the WR depth chart with Norwood.  The uncertainty of Jordy Nelson & Randall Cobb’s contract situations after this year lead me to believe that taking a WR in the early part of this draft is going to happen.  And Norwood will be a great addition.

Alt Pick:
Robert Herron – WR, Wyoming – Explosive WR with lightning fast speed.  He didn’t do it much at Wyoming, but I’d love to see Herron as the Packers kick returner.  He’ll remind Packers fans of Randall Cobb, but that’s not a bad thing.  Can you imagine this offense with two weapons like that?  Deadly

 

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