There are a few positions on both offense and defense where the Green Bay Packers need immediate help, but in order to compete in the NFC they are going to need young defensive playmakers. Here’s a look at the Green Bay Packers 2014 Mock Draft.
Round 1, Pick 21: Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville
Part of the Packers’ issues on defense had to do with the inability of their safeties to create turnovers. Packers’ safeties had a total of ZERO interceptions in 2013, something that must change if Green Bay wants teams to fear throwing the deep ball. Morgan Burnett is already set at one safety position, but the other spot is up for grabs.
Pryor is a hard-hitting, tackling machine with good size. His all-out play is contagious and he is consistently around the ball. Pryor hasn’t had extensive experience in man coverage, but his athleticism and intelligent play project to allow him to become a good coverage safety.
Round 2, Pick 21: Chris Borland, ILB, Wisconsin
The other thing that plagued the Packers defense was their rushing defense. Green Bay gave up the 4th worst rush yards/carry in 2013, and the limited talent at inside linebacker contributed to that. The Packers must find someone to fill the shoes that former linebacker Desmond Bishop wore for years, and the second round could be the spot to do that.
While Pryor is physically gifted, Borland is someone who makes the most of his somewhat limited physical attributes. A very intelligent player, Borland can diagnose what play is being called with consistency. He is disciplined and quick to the ball, despite not having traditional size or speed. Borland is Wisconsin’s all-time career forced fumble leader and has shown production at all levels.
There you have it, my Packers 2014 mock draft. Green Bay has the talent to return to the top next year, but they need to shore up some positions in order to hold off Detroit and Chicago. The Packers also need some help at tight end, defensive line, center and backup quarterback.
What do you think the Packers will address early in the draft? Will they add to the offense before helping out the defense? Comment with your thoughts.