Packers Mock Draft

By PFC Packers Writer Jonathan Zenk
With the NFL Draft coming up, I thought it would be nice to write a mock draft for my favorite team, the Green Bay Packers. The Packers finished with an 11-5 record and were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by the Arizona Cardinals and will have the 23rd overall pick in the upcoming NFL Draft. So without further ado, here is my Packers mock draft for the year 2010…

Round 1 (Pick 23): Mike Iupati, OG, Idaho

All of you Packer fans are probably thinking that there’s no way that they don’t go offensive tackle in the first round. However, guard Daryn Colledge hasn’t been as effective as Green Bay would like and Iupati would be an immediate upgrade at the position. Iupati has the chance to be a Steve Hutchinson-type player, which the Packers desperately need. He would help the Packers run game immediately. They could always go offensive tackle in round two or trade down into early round two and pick one up then since it is such a deep draft. I am very high on Iupati and think he could be taken before pick 23, but I am praying he falls and the Packers pick him up.

Round 2 (Pick 56): Jared Veldheer, OT, Hillsdale

Like I mentioned above, the Packers need an offensive tackle. They don’t need one right away as Chad Clifton and Mark Tauscher both are still playing at a high level. Veldheer is a bit of a project, but the Packers can afford to wait and have him sit for a few years and learn from the two current tackles before being thrown into the fire. Veldheer has what it takes to become a very good tackle in the NFL. He has power to be a force at run blocking and is one of the more athletic lineman in the draft. At 6-8, he would be a great pick for the Packers in the second round. He is a fast riser, much like New England Patriots 2009 second round pick Sebastian Vollmer. Veldheer is an up-and-comer and would be a great pick for Green Bay provided he lasts that long.

Round 3 (Pick 86): Myron Lewis, CB, Vanderbilt

The Packers will debate taking a cornerback in the second round like Chris Cook, but they end up with Veldheer, which makes cornerback a serious need in round three. Both Al Harris and Charles Woodson are up there in age and Tramon Williams is not fit to be a number one cornerback. Jarrett Bush is terrible and 2008 second round pick Patrick Lee can’t stay healthy. It was so bad that on the Steelers game-winning touchdown last season, the Packers had some guy named Josh Bell covering Mike Wallace. Who? Green Bay desperately needs more depth as well as some youth at the cornerback position.

Round 4 (Pick 122): James Starks, RB, Buffalo

If Green Bay were to sign Brian Westbrook in free agency, this pick wouldn’t be necessary, but as it is, a change-of-pace running back to Ryan Grant remains a need. Starks missed all of last year due to injury, which may be the reason some teams go elsewhere. However, if back to original form, Starks could be a steal in round four. He broke the record for most yards rushing at Buffalo…..and that was in three years. He also is a solid receiver out of the backfield, catching 52 passes his senior year. He would be a good fit for Green Bay as the third down back if Westbrook doesn’t sign.

Round 5 (Pick 154): O’Brien Schofield, OLB, Wisconsin

Now for my homer pick of the draft. I don’t think he will last this long, but it would be great if he did. Schofield was having an outstanding Senior Bowl before being hurt and having to miss the entire 2010 football season. Schofield is a great pass rusher and the Packers would be getting a great player. If he would have stayed healthy, he would have gotten into maybe the second round, but as it is, in the fifth round, he would be great value. Losing Aaron Kampman in free agency and having Brad Jones as the current starter makes this pick a no-brainer.

Round 5 (Pick 169): Larry Asante, SS, Nebraska

Atari Bigby is a below-average safety in the NFL and is in need of a replacement. It may take him a few years, but I think Asante could make an impact for Green Bay. They need someone to compliment Nick Collins in the secondary. Against good quarterbacks, the secondary was torched. Green Bay desperately needs to upgrade the safety position as well as getting younger at the cornerback position. Asante would be a great choice with the Packers’ compensatory selection here.

Round 6 (Pick 193): Zoltan Mesko, P, Michigan

Green Bay has been searching for a punter since Craig Hentrich left town over a decade ago. They have gone through guys such as Derrick Frost, B.J. Sander, Bryan Barker, and even Louie freaking Aguiar. They have had a few decent punters such as Josh Bidwell and Jon Ryan during that time period, but they still haven’t had that very good punter. They certainly don’t have it now with Jeremy Kapinos. I think picking Mesko is a must for the Packers.

Round 7 (Pick 230): Levi Brown, QB, Troy

Aaron Rodgers and Matt Flynn are the only two quarterbacks on the roster. Yes, some guy named Chris Pizzotti is on the team, but he has no chance of making the roster. So they go with Brown to have a third quarterback on the roster. Brown isn’t half bad either, throwing for over 4,000 yards last season and leading Troy to another bowl birth, nearly upsetting Dan LeFevour and Central Michigan.