Excerpt from day 1 at the Shrine Game practices, from draft watcher Tony Pauline:

– Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson spent a lot of time scouting the linebackers during the first Shrine practice today. And while he’s not in attendance at the Shrine Game, sources tell me the team really likes Mississippi State junior Beniquez Brown, whom I grade as a third round choice.

http://www.draftinsider.net/blog/?p=11203

That's what makes this mock draft a nice pipe dream. He would pick Jaylon Smith in the 1st, then be able to grab Henry in the second since he would be available for the picking.

And the chances of this are right up there with me winning the Powerball.

 

My draft from Fanspeak. 

27: R1P27
DT A'SHAWN ROBINSON
ALABAMA
57: R2P26
OLB SCOOBY WRIGHT
ARIZONA
88: R3P25
TE HUNTER HENRY
ARKANSAS
122: R4P27
RB C.J. PROSISE
NOTRE DAME
151: R5P24
OT JOE HAEG
NORTH DAKOTA STATE
182: R6P25
WR KEYARRIS GARRETT
TULSA
216: R7P27
OT WILLIE BEAVERS
WESTERN MICHIGAN
I could live with this. 
Are we getting one or two comp picks for House and Williams? 

I have an odd feeling the Packers may grab Shilique Calhoun to replace Perry and Peppers snaps in the first, depending on what they do with Datone. Matthews, Neal, Calhoun, Elliott, Datone would give them an interesting combo to work with, especially if Peppers is back for part-time duty. Neal, Datone, Peppers and Calhoun could all put their hand down in certain sets.   

 

 

Blocking out the pipedreams.......I like Hunter Henry in the first.  That seems about where he is slotted to go.  TE's don't usually shoot up draft boards due to workouts, so hopefully stays late first.  

I would consider Jaylen Smith, knowing he'd sit out 2016.  He's that good that he'd be worth the wait.  

And not sure why so many boards have DL as such a priority.  They actually played very well this year and have Daniels, Pennel and Jones coming back.  Yes Guion and Raji are free agents but doesn't mean both are gone for sure - TT is actually really good at retaining his own free agents.  I'd expect at least 1 to come back. Not saying you ignore it, but I consider LB a way bigger priority than DL.  

Right now I'm liking Michigan St DE Shilique Calhoun in round 1. Great size, showed some real potential as an edge rusher, and showed a lot of discipline in the run game setting the edge. He's not really polished in any area though and Michigan St defenders haven't faired well in the NFL recently (I'm looking at you Jerel Worthy). He's a very interesting prospect though.

Raw athlete, not a great LB right now. I like him as a WLB in a 43 or maybe as an OLB in a 34 if he improved taking on blockers. I don't think he has the bulk right to play consistently inside in any scheme and he doesn't seem to have that attacking ILB mentality. To me he's almost like a big Safety out there. 

Here is my first using Fanspeak big board

 

27: R1P27
ILB REGGIE RAGLAND
ALABAMA
 
57: R2P26
TE HUNTER HENRY
ARKANSAS
 
88: R3P25
OLB DEION JONES
LSU
 
122: R4P27
RB AARON GREEN
TCU
 
151: R5P24
DT WILLIE HENRY
MICHIGAN
 
182: R6P25
OT JOE DAHL
WASHINGTON STATE
 
216: R7P27
ILB LUKE RHODES
WILLIAM & MARY

This is my FanSpeak effort. I'm okay with it:

 

27: R1P27
DE JONATHAN BULLARD FLORIDA
 
57: R2P26
ILB BENIQUEZ BROWN MISSISSIPPI STATE
 
88: R3P25
TE HUNTER HENRY ARKANSAS
 
122: R4P27
OT CALEB BENENOCH UCLA
 
151: R5P24
RB JOSH FERGUSON ILLINOIS
 
182: R6P25
CB HARLAN MILLER SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA
 
216: R7P27
OLB STEVE LONGA RUTGERS

ROUND 1

Austin Johnson/NT/Penn St.

6’3”/325 lbs.

True NT…stout run defender…holds the LOS better than any player in the draft

 

ROUND 2

Joe Schobert/LB/Wisconsin

6’1”/235 lbs.

High energy, high effort…strong edge rush and blitz skills…versatility as ILB or OLB

 

ROUND 3

Nick Vannett/TE/Ohio St.

6’6”/260 lbs.

Great size with experience in-line or split out…tough, experienced blocker…wasn’t used enough at OSU

 

ROUND 4

Joe Haeg/OT/North Dakota St.

6’5”/300 lbs.

Good developmental LT…all around game is solid, needs to bulk up…real nasty streak

 

ROUND 5

Kelvin Taylor/RB/Florida

5’10”/205 lbs.

Quick, decisive runner…surprising power and toughness…good receiving skills…reminds of Jonathan Franklin

 

ROUND 6

Luther Maddy/DL/Virginia Tech

6’/295 lbs.

Short but stout and strong…really good interior pass rusher…high motor


ROUND 7

Thor Jozwiak/OG/South Florida

6’4”/321 lbs.

Good size…experienced and productive…good developmental prospect

FLPACKER posted:

What do you think of Darron Lee, LBer from OSU?

I live close to Columbus and I have the misfortune of seeing most O$U games.  Lee is an OL and probably is a little to light to play ILB in the NFL.  He is extremely fast and could be a nice compliment to Clay if he goes back outside.

I understand that teams play their defenses differently which dictates what they want from each position but Carolina's LBers, Kuechly & Davis are only listed at 235, Lee is listed at 228. Cards play Bucannon as essentially a LBer at 218 lbs. I think players like Lee & Cravens from USC would be coveted by Dom, since they have a varied skill set & can be moved around the field. 

He doesn't play like he's 230 though, he plays like he's 215. He's closer to Deone Buchanan than he is Luke Keuchly. Would you put Deone Buchanan at ILB full time? Arizona doesn't do that, he plays more of a Rover that doesn't fill gaps and take on OL. Lee's not aggressive like an ILB either, he reminds me of Julian Peterson really. Exceptional athlete, but not a thumper. More of an athlete than football player right now.

Why would Dom covet a small LB/big Safety? He has two Safeties that tackle REALLY well and support the run as well as any Safety tandem in the league.

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