The NFL draft is approximately 50 days away. The Green Bay Packers hold the 28th overall selection, and will probably be looking to add defense to their roster. So who are some of the prospects that Green Bay will be looking at? Below are five prospects that I feel could be taken with the 28th pick. They are arranged in order of least likely to most likely.
#5- Courtney Upshaw OLB Alabama
Upshaw is undoubtedly the number one Outside Linebacker in the draft class, however, this makes it difficult for Green Bay to select him as he will probably be gone by 28. I am putting Upshaw on this list anyway because I feel he is the best option for the Packers overall. It is possible (though unlikely) that Green Bay could trade up to grab him. Upshaw had 51 tackles and 8.5 sacks at ‘Bama in his senior season en route to a National Championship. He will be a coveted pass rusher in the draft.
#4-Vinny Curry DE/OLB Marshall
Curry has good size and numbers (77 tackles 11 sacks last season) however his horrid 4.98 40-yard dash at the combine may have done him in as far as playing 3-4 Outside Linebacker (Usually players who can run a 4.80 or under play Outside). That being said, his motor and productivity could still keep him in play. Though I don’t expect Green Bay to take him in the first round, I could see them taking a shot on him if he would slide to rounds 3 or 4.
#3-Ronnell Lewis OLB Oklahoma
Lewis did not put up fantastic numbers (59 tackles 5.5 sacks) as a pass rusher last year, however his reputation as a hard hitter and his combine numbers (36 bench reps and 4.68 40 –time) will make him an interesting prospect. Lewis may not project as a first rounder, however, if he survives to the Packers second choice, he is a very interesting possibility.
#2-Nick Perry DE/OLB USC
Remember the last pass rusher we drafted from USC? Yea he’s been pretty good. Perry looks to be the next Trojan to terrorize quarterbacks (though it’s unfair to expect Matthews numbers from him). Perry had a good Junior season having 9.5 sacks, and had a fantastic combine doing 35 reps and running a 4.64 40. The only problem for Green Bay is that Perry may have moved himself too high up draft boards to be around at 28. If he is, however, expect Perry to be a Packer.
#1 Whitney Mercilus DE/OLB Illinois
Mercilus is currently the man I expect to be the Packers selection at 28. With Perry moving up draft boards, Mercilus seems to be the compensation pick. Trust me, it’s a darn good one. Mercilus had 16 sacks last season for Illinois, and ran a 4.68 40 at the combine. Showing the speed, strength, and most importantly talent, to rush the passer, Mercilus seems to be a good choice to plug in across the way from Clay.
Mercilus (Jason O. Watson-US PRESSWIRE, US PRESSWIRE)