Possible Packers Draft Picks For Round One

By PFC Writer Jonathon Zenk

Here is a pretty good list of potential picks for the Packers in round one.

Everette Brown, DE/OLB, Florida State

Like I have stated before, the Packers are gradually moving towards the 3-4 defense, and they would need another outside linebacker. Brown played defensive end at Florida State University, but is too small to play defensive end in the NFL. However, he would be a perfect fit at 3-4 outside linebacker. Brown played exceptional last year, as he hauled down the quarterback 13.5 times this past year at FSU, including a big game in his last game ever as a Seminole against the Wisconsin Badgers in the 2008 Champs Sports Bowl, where he had a sack, a tackle for loss, and a forced fumble, which was picked up and run in for a touchdown. Brown is arguably the best rusher in this year’s draft, and the new Packer coaching staff will know just how to use him. Brown would be a great selection for the Packers because of their switch to the 3-4. Their pass rush would become instantly better.

Eugene Monroe, OT, Virginia

Offensive tackle Mark Tauscher is a free agent, while other offensive tackle Chad Clifton is owed a lot of money next year and a big bonus next month. So the Packers could be searching for two new offensive tackles for next year. I would think that the Packers will at least keep one of the tackles. I would guess that the Packers will re-sign Tauscher and end up cutting Clifton. If one of them leaves, they will need an offensive tackle and Monroe is one of the best in the draft. He is rated behind only Alabama’s Andre Smith in nearly all of most draft expert’s offensive tackle ratings. Tauscher got injured last season and Clifton had an atrocious season last year, so they need to draft an offensive tackle early in the draft or sign a starter in free agency, so a pick of Monroe would be a very smart one.

Brian Orakpo, DE, Texas

Cullen Jenkins has locked down one defensive end spot in the 3-4. If the Packers were to draft Orakpo, Green Bay would either put Orakpo or Aaron Kamman at the rush outside linebacker position, while the other stays at their normal defensive end position. Orakpo will most likely be a top ten selection in the draft in April, barring a struggle at next month’s at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, and it will just depend on where he goes in the draft. He could go anywhere from selection #3 to the Kansas City Chiefs to selection #11 to the Buffalo Bills. The Packers really struggled rushing the passer last year after Jenkins got injured and Orakpo would definitely help with that. If they sign a key free agent like Julius Peppers, this pick would still not be out of the question. They would probably play Peppers at one outside linebacker position and either Kampman or Orakpo at the other with the other one of the two playing defensive end. Orakpo dominated competition in his senior season the University of Texas, as he registered 11.5 sacks and 18 tackles for loss. Orakpo would be a wise decision if they want to improve upon their lackluster pass rush from last season.

B.J. Raji, DT, Boston College

Because of the fact that the Packers are gradually switching their defense to a 3-4, they have to look for the perfect nose tackle. Current Packer Ryan Pickett could be just that, but if Packers management doesn’t feel that he is right for it, they may look elsewhere and Raji would be a good place to look. The only problem with this pick would be what you would then do with Pickett. Raji’s draft status skyrocketed during the Senior Bowl, possibly moving into the top five, at least for the time being. Also, when Jenkins went down, the Packers’ run defense fell apart. Raji would help in the run defense as well. He can also get to the quarterback, as he registered eight sacks this past year. Raji would be a good selection, too, as he is equally good at stopping the run and rushing the passer.

Other Possible Picks

Malcolm Jenkins, CB, Ohio State

Aaron Maybin, DE/OLB, Penn State

Jason Smith OT, Baylor