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Final 2018 NFL Mock Draft for the Green Bay Packers

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We are now just one night away from the 2018 NFL draft in Dallas. Every NFL team has it’s draft board set up now.

This is because of all the hard work that the scouts and those in the front office have done, as they have scouted the bowl games, the all-star games (the East-West Shrine Game, the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl and the Senior Bowl), the NFL Scouting Combine and finally the pro days.

Plus, each team has tried to utilize free agency to lessen the need at certain positions in the draft.

The Green Bay Packers under new general manager Brian Gutekunst certainly did, as he added players like tight end Jimmy Graham, defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson and cornerback Tramon Williams to the team.

The Packers also re-signed cornerback Davon House.

But with the good, comes the bad. The Packers also had to release wide receiver Jordy Nelson, which opens up a need at that position in the draft.

In this, my final mock draft, I am once again using the expertise of NFL scout Chris Landry. As I work through my thought process in selecting players for the Packers, I will utilize Landry’s horizontal draft board (best players regardless of position) and also his various positional draft boards.

Since my association with Landry began several years ago, I have had a decent track record in correctly picking some of the players who the Packers have picked. Yes, getting guidance from a very good NFL scout helps, but sometimes it’s a case of a blind squirrel finding an acorn.

No matter, the Packers have 12 picks in this draft. That includes their own in each of the seven rounds of the draft, plus four compensatory picks (one in fourth round, two in the fifth round and one in the sixth round) and another pick in the seventh round due to a trade with Buffalo.

Plus, because of a trade with the Cleveland Browns to acquire quarterback DeShone Kizer (for cornerback Damarious Randall), the Packers also switched picks with the Browns in the fourth and fifth rounds, which means that the Packers pick first in each round.

On Friday night, the second round pick of the Packers will be announced by Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Kramer.

In my last mock draft, I surmised that another draft might be forthcoming between the Packers and the Browns on draft day. I sincerely believe that is a very good possibility. It may not occur in the manner in which I think it might, but I see John Dorsey having more than one conversation with Gutekunst in the draft to talk about some maneuvering.

And it might not be the Packers trading up in that scenario, but instead trading back.

We shall see.

One of the other things that I see happening is the possibility of adding some former Wisconsin Badgers to the Packers this year.

And I’m not saying that because I’m a homer for the Badgers. It’s because of the relationship between new defensive coordinator Mike Pettine of the Packers and the defensive coordinator of the Badgers, Jim Leonhard.

I wrote about this possibility back in February. I said this in the piece:

Pettine was named head coach of the Browns because of his prowess as a defensive coordinator in the NFL. In five years at that position, four with the New York Jets under head coach Rex Ryan and one with the Buffalo Bills, Pettine always coordinated a top 10 defense.

From 2009 though 2012 with the Jets, his defenses were ranked first, third, fifth and eighth in the NFL in total defense, while in 2013 with the Bills, his defense was ranked 10th in that category.

There was one player who was a constant for Pettine, both as a coordinator and one year as a head coach. That player was safety Jim Leonhard, who is now the defensive coordinator for the Wisconsin Badgers.

Leonhard played under Pettine with the Jets from 2009 through 2011, then again with the Bills in 2013 and then finally with the Browns in 2014, which was Pettine’s first year as head coach.

Leonhard was basically the coach on the field as Pettine put out his defense. Not only that, but Leonhard put out one of the very best defenses in the FBS last season with the Badgers and a number of his former defensive players will be available in this upcoming draft.

Leonhard basically runs the same type of defensive schemes at Wisconsin that Pettine has used with his various teams in the NFL. That is why I believe you will see a Badger or two on the Packers next season. Maybe even more than that, as you will see in the draft below.

For the rest of the story, please go to:

https://greenbaybobfox.wordpress.com/2018/04/26/final-2018-nfl-mock-draft-for-the-green-bay-packers/

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Cliff notes

Round 1: Outside Linebacker Marcus Davenport (University of Texas-San Antonio)

Round 2: Cornerback Anthony Averett (Alabama)

Round 3: Wide Receiver Dante Pettis (Washington)

Round 4: Cornerback Tony Brown (Alabama)

Round 4 (compensatory): Offensive Tackle Jamarco Jones (Ohio State)

Round 5: Center/Guard Will Clapp (LSU)

Round 5 (compensatory): Tight End Troy Fumagalli (Wisconsin)

Round 5 (compensatory): Wide Receiver Daurice Fountain (Iowa)

Round 6: Linebacker Jack Cichy (Wisconsin)

Round 6 (compensatory): Running Back Justin Jackson (Northwestern)

Round 7: Safety Natrell Jamerson (Wisconsin)

Round 7 (compensatory): Outside Linebacker Darius Jackson (Jacksonville State)Round 7 (compensatory): Outside Linebacker Darius Jackson (Jacksonville State)

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5 hours ago, NormSizedMidget said:

Cliff notes

Round 1: Outside Linebacker Marcus Davenport (University of Texas-San Antonio)

Round 2: Cornerback Anthony Averett (Alabama)

Round 3: Wide Receiver Dante Pettis (Washington)

Round 4: Cornerback Tony Brown (Alabama)

Round 4 (compensatory): Offensive Tackle Jamarco Jones (Ohio State)

Round 5: Center/Guard Will Clapp (LSU)

Round 5 (compensatory): Tight End Troy Fumagalli (Wisconsin)

Round 5 (compensatory): Wide Receiver Daurice Fountain (Iowa)

Round 6: Linebacker Jack Cichy (Wisconsin)

Round 6 (compensatory): Running Back Justin Jackson (Northwestern)

Round 7: Safety Natrell Jamerson (Wisconsin)

Round 7 (compensatory): Outside Linebacker Darius Jackson (Jacksonville State)Round 7 (compensatory): Outside Linebacker Darius Jackson (Jacksonville State)

Haha, such a hater. 

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3 hours ago, Slinky said:

Haha, such a hater. 

Why ?

A little more participation in the overall forum would go a long way in people being more than happy to click on his self serving link to help him out. Not a single post in any other topics but his own. He is straight up advertising. Not all that different than if I was to post Viagra links with a guy throwing a football thru a tire in every topic because I get a kickback. 

At the end of the day, I could care less, but let's not pretend this is something other than a promotion of his site. Zero interaction other than to occasionally drop a link for his own benefit. I was waiting for someone else to break the news but I couldn't wait after seeing your comment. No offense

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10 hours ago, NormSizedMidget said:

Cliff notes

Round 1: Outside Linebacker Marcus Davenport (University of Texas-San Antonio)

Round 2: Cornerback Anthony Averett (Alabama)

Round 3: Wide Receiver Dante Pettis (Washington)

Round 4: Cornerback Tony Brown (Alabama)

Round 4 (compensatory): Offensive Tackle Jamarco Jones (Ohio State)

Round 5: Center/Guard Will Clapp (LSU)

Round 5 (compensatory): Tight End Troy Fumagalli (Wisconsin)

Round 5 (compensatory): Wide Receiver Daurice Fountain (Iowa)

Round 6: Linebacker Jack Cichy (Wisconsin)

Round 6 (compensatory): Running Back Justin Jackson (Northwestern)

Round 7: Safety Natrell Jamerson (Wisconsin)

Round 7 (compensatory): Outside Linebacker Darius Jackson (Jacksonville State)Round 7 (compensatory): Outside Linebacker Darius Jackson (Jacksonville State)

Thanks Norm.  Couldn't press the like button because if the draft went this way I'd throw up.

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45 minutes ago, cannondale said:

Why ?

A little more participation in the overall forum would go a long way in people being more than happy to click on his self serving link to help him out. Not a single post in any other topics but his own. He is straight up advertising. Not all that different than if I was to post Viagra links with a guy throwing a football thru a tire in every topic because I get a kickback. 

At the end of the day, I could care less, but let's not pretend this is something other than a promotion of his site. Zero interaction other than to occasionally drop a link for his own benefit. I was waiting for someone else to break the news but I couldn't wait after seeing your comment. No offense

As CW commented previously, people contribute in different ways.

You want to see Bob's posts as self serving. I've known and read his material for years and appreciate it. Doesnt cost me a penny - a "click" on the computer - but provides me with the worthwhile insights of a long time Packer fan. Its fairly simple. 

As for this: "Zero interaction other than to occasionally drop a link for his own benefit"

I'm sure if you engaged him in a civil discussion he'd be happy to "interact" with you. Give it a try.

Outside that - I look forward to your next ***** post and over hyped complaining. It certainly adds content of merit to the board. 

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56 minutes ago, cannondale said:

Why ?

A little more participation in the overall forum would go a long way in people being more than happy to click on his self serving link to help him out. Not a single post in any other topics but his own. He is straight up advertising. Not all that different than if I was to post Viagra links with a guy throwing a football thru a tire in every topic because I get a kickback. 

At the end of the day, I could care less, but let's not pretend this is something other than a promotion of his site. Zero interaction other than to occasionally drop a link for his own benefit. I was waiting for someone else to break the news but I couldn't wait after seeing your comment. No offense

His blog isn't monetized as far as I can tell. I would have honestly raised a stink if it was. I got no issue with the guy. He just wants to share his content and gain readers. I'm kinda fine with that over someone using it to make a buck. 

That being said, everyone else posts there mock on site. And I did not read that all but it's really in depth obviously but took forever to scroll through so I thought I'd flip the names over here.

He's being allowed to post all his stuff here, and that's cool, I think he can accept some people might just want the list. Those people who just want the list aren't probably gonna be loyal readers here was gonna gain anyways I figure.

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5 minutes ago, Leader said:

As CW commented previously, people contribute in different ways.

You want to see Bob's posts as self serving. I've known and read his material for years and appreciate it. Doesnt cost me a penny - a "click" on the computer - but provides me with the worthwhile insights of a long time Packer fan. Its fairly simple. 

As for this: "Zero interaction other than to occasionally drop a link for his own benefit"

I'm sure if you engaged him in a civil discussion he'd be happy to "interact" with you. Give it a try.

Outside that - I look forward to your next ***** post and over hyped complaining. It certainly adds content of merit to the board. 

He doesn't post in any thread but his own is the point I believe. Does he have no input on anything else? I know he's your buddy and that's totally fine but it's not hard to see that only posting his articles and in their own threads might annoy people.

He does his homework and knows a lot of stuff. I don't think encouraging him to post on other topics is some crazy evil thing.

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If my take was wrong I apologize. I do stand behind having more interaction in posts other than his own, but like I said, doesn't affect my life

He could get a lot more views and comments if he didn't just dump and run. People are weird that way. Take it however you want. No skin off me

Edited by cannondale

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Posted (edited)
13 minutes ago, Leader said:

As CW commented previously, people contribute in different ways.

You want to see Bob's posts as self serving. I've known and read his material for years and appreciate it. Doesnt cost me a penny - a "click" on the computer - but provides me with the worthwhile insights of a long time Packer fan. Its fairly simple. 

As for this: "Zero interaction other than to occasionally drop a link for his own benefit"

I'm sure if you engaged him in a civil discussion he'd be happy to "interact" with you. Give it a try.

Outside that - I look forward to your next ***** post and over hyped complaining. It certainly adds content of merit to the board. 

LOL - opinions vary

I would say he can engage with me any time as well, but he never spends time in any other posts

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1 minute ago, NormSizedMidget said:

He doesn't post in any thread but his own is the point I believe. Does he have no input on anything else? I know he's your buddy and that's totally fine but it's not hard to see that only posting his articles and in their own threads might annoy people.

He does his homework and knows a lot of stuff. I don't think encouraging him to post on other topics is some crazy evil thing.

I put no qualifications on how anybody posts on the board other than be civil, informative, interesting and/or humorous.

I think we've too many "critics" of form and format rather than accepting the simplest truth: its an opinion for your consideration. Dont want to consider it? Fine. What to take umbrage (or discuss) some point raised? Fine. Want to continually b&^%$ about extraneous "stuff" - ? - I think removing your fingers from the keyboard prior to typing would be the best contribution you could make. 

IMO.

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Bob's mock is linked to one of the best experts in talent evaluation and this is a very good haul of rookies. The only objection I have is Jones from Ohio State. I think there are better prospects in the 4th round. Maybe Gutsey will let TT make that selection!

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6 minutes ago, cannondale said:

If my take was wrong I apologize. I do stand behind having more interaction in posts other than his own, but like I said, doesn't affect my life

The solution to your problem is easy: then interact with him. 

I dont interact on every thread either. Is there a quota system of some sort? Does it have ANY bearing on the comments I do make? No.

 

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Not enough Wisconsin players imo

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28 minutes ago, Leader said:

I put no qualifications on how anybody posts on the board other than be civil, informative, interesting and/or humorous.

I think we've too many "critics" of form and format rather than accepting the simplest truth: its an opinion for your consideration. Dont want to consider it? Fine. What to take umbrage (or discuss) some point raised? Fine. Want to continually b&^%$ about extraneous "stuff" - ? - I think removing your fingers from the keyboard prior to typing would be the best contribution you could make. 

IMO.

Meh. You're way too defensive. I have a question. It's simple.

Why is it that he only posts articles and doesn't post anywhere else here? I think the answer is kind of obvious. He's not really looking to just contribute to FF. That's just a "side effect." He wants to promote his site and gain readers. Okay fine. But the fact you think it's out of line that this is pointed out is kind of silly. It's obvious. He's not gaining monetarily so I don't really care. But you are like half way trying to demonize people for having that thought all the while saying don't judge others, don't be so critical.

Here's the facts.

1. He's your buddy. You'll always defend him.

2. He's not here to be a regular poster and to discuss all the possible stuff out there. He just posts links and sometimes comments when someone has a take.

That's all there is to it. Not really anything else to say. Nobody is trying to get him arrested or banned or lynched. But the fact you pretend you don't understand why people might not like this is just silly. Then we do the whole, they shouldn't be mean! SHAME! SHAME! thing.

Honestly, I think he should have his open dedicated thread but that's not up to me

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