FanIQ Interactive Mock NFL Draft: Green Bay Packers

With The Ninth Pick In the FanIQ Mock Draft, The Green Bay Packers Select...

4/15/09 in NFL   |   kantwistaye   |   4201 respect

With the NFL Draft coming on April 25, we're putting together a Mock Draft for the first round of the draft, featuring a combination of FanIQ Featured Writers, as well as some great NFL team bloggers from around the internet. Today, we'll feature picks from the Oakland Raiders, the Jacksonville Jaguars, and the Green Bay Packers. Every day until Friday, April 24, we will post more picks, with recaps of why each player was chosen, with some other analysis. Next up is Kantwistaye, with the #9 pick for the Green Bay Packers.

Here are the picks so far:

1. Detroit Lions - Aaron Curry, LB, Wake Forest
2. St Louis Rams - Eugene Monroe, OT, Virginia
3. Kansas City Chiefs - Jason Smith, OT, Baylor
4. Seattle Seahawks - Matthew Stafford, QB, Georgia
5. Cleveland Browns - Micahel Crabtree, WR, Texas Tech
6. Cincinnati Bengals - Michael Oher, OT, Mississippi
7. Oakland Raiders - BJ Raji, DT, Boston College
8. Jacksonville Jaguars - Everette Brown, LB, Florida State

Team Needs
The Packers have needs all around the football field.  On the offensive side of the ball, the Packers could use a running back, anyone who can play on the offensive line, and possibly a tight end depending on how confident the Packers are in Jermichael Finley developing to be the man for the position.  Defensively, the Packers are switching from a 4-3 to a 3-4.  The key to a good 3-4 is having a plethora of linebackers, so that will be a need.  Nick Barnett and A.J. Hawk will be the inside linebackers, which figures to be a solid duo.  Aaron Kampman, possibly the best 4-3 defensive end in the game has been moved to outside linebacker.  The Packers still need to fill in the other outside linebacker spot.  The defensive line could also use some depth as Aaron Kampman was about the only bright spot on that unit in 2008.  The secondary could use some upgrades as well.  Charles Woodson and Al Harris are both solid cornerbacks, but they are aging.  The safeties are also needs of the Packers.  Nick Collins made the Pro Bowl but was severely overrated due to his copious amount of interceptions that covered up his equally large amount of bad decisions.  The Packers put Atari Bigby out on the field next to Collins, but quite frankly had no business on an NFL field.

Considering
Brian Orakpo - DE/OLB Texas
Andre Smith - OT Alabama
Knowshown Moreno - RB Georgia
Brandon Pettigrew - TE Oklahoma State

The Pick
While I believe Moreno will have a pretty good NFL career, he is a reach at the ninth pick and should be eliminated from consideration. The same can be said for Brandon Pettigrew. The Packers have too many needs to be reaching for players.  That leaves the decision between Andre Smith and Brian Orakpo.  Andre Smith has had a rough "offseason", but is still an immensely talented tackle who could anchor a line for 10 plus years.  However, once again the Packers have too many holes to fill and to risk a top ten pick on a guy with glaring question marks just seems irresponsible.  Instead, the Packers will go with Brian Orakpo, DE/OLB from Texas.  The Packers will put Orakpo at outside linebacker opposite of Aaron Kampman.  Orakpo's explosive pass rush will be a welcome addition to the Packer's defense which struggled mightily to put pressure on quarterback's last year.  Hopefully with some pressure the Packer's secondary won't look as bad this year and won't blow as many games in 2009 as they did for Aaron Rodgers in 2008.
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4/15/09   |   Raider_Dave   |   47 respect

100%InjuryRate wrote:
Oh man, I don't want that douchebag on the 49ers. That's so bad it might turn me into a (gasp) Raiders fan.

At this point in time, is one really better or worse than the other?

4/15/09   |   Raider_Dave   |   47 respect

snbslugger wrote:
I saw that on ESPN, but SFGate says that Quinn rumor has no teeth.  I did the mock pick for the 49ers which should come out tomorrow.  I didn't go QB, either.  I still think Hill will be fine, and the #10 pick would be way too much to give up for either of Cleveland's QBs.

I agree, but Quinn is more proven than Sanchez, Stafford, or anyone else in this draft (barely but still).  I think Hill is solid as a backup, but they need a franchise guy.  They went Montana, Young, Garcia, and are still looking for who's next.  Smith was supposed to be it, but a HUGE strikeout there.  QB's are risky endeavors via the draft, but it wouldn't be a bad idea for them to throw together a package for Quinn, and unless they get something a little better in return to justify trading the #10 pick, it wouldn't be all that good of an idea.  However, there are not "can't miss" prospects in this year's draft, so maybe it wouldn't be a bad idea either.

4/15/09   |   kantwistaye   |   4201 respect

As long as Orakpo is in a (not so) lovely green and gold uni, I'm perfectly fine with you guys representing him.

4/15/09   |   100%InjuryRate   |   1283 respect

snbslugger wrote:
We need to call this man and offer our representation services.  His agent is clearly not marketing him properly.

Clearly. We alone could get this man more commercial gigs than Peyton Manning.

4/15/09   |   100%InjuryRate   |   1283 respect

Raider_Dave wrote:
I'm hoping he doesn't, but if he becomes the next Gholston, the Niners would be set back another 3-5 years.  I heard that the Niners floated an offer of their #10 pick to the Browns for Quinn.  Just a rumor that probably would include more on both sides, but intriguing nonetheless.  I guess Alex Smith and Shaun Hill have really looked terrible in the first QB mini-camp, Smith reportedly had his worst practice of his career earlier this week.

Oh man, I don't want that douchebag on the 49ers. That's so bad it might turn me into a (gasp) Raiders fan.

4/15/09   |   snbslugger

100%InjuryRate wrote:
Orakpo-phobia.

I could go on all day.

We need to call this man and offer our representation services.  His agent is clearly not marketing him properly.

4/15/09   |   100%InjuryRate   |   1283 respect

Raider_Dave wrote:
I'm hoping he doesn't, but if he becomes the next Gholston, the Niners would be set back another 3-5 years.  I heard that the Niners floated an offer of their #10 pick to the Browns for Quinn.  Just a rumor that probably would include more on both sides, but intriguing nonetheless.  I guess Alex Smith and Shaun Hill have really looked terrible in the first QB mini-camp, Smith reportedly had his worst practice of his career earlier this week.

Worst practice of his career? Man, other than Smith spontaneously self-combusting, I'm having trouble imagining what that could be.

4/15/09   |   snbslugger

Raider_Dave wrote:
I'm hoping he doesn't, but if he becomes the next Gholston, the Niners would be set back another 3-5 years.  I heard that the Niners floated an offer of their #10 pick to the Browns for Quinn.  Just a rumor that probably would include more on both sides, but intriguing nonetheless.  I guess Alex Smith and Shaun Hill have really looked terrible in the first QB mini-camp, Smith reportedly had his worst practice of his career earlier this week.

I saw that on ESPN, but SFGate says that Quinn rumor has no teeth.  I did the mock pick for the 49ers which should come out tomorrow.  I didn't go QB, either.  I still think Hill will be fine, and the #10 pick would be way too much to give up for either of Cleveland's QBs.

4/15/09   |   kantwistaye   |   4201 respect

Raider_Dave wrote:
I'm hoping he doesn't, but if he becomes the next Gholston, the Niners would be set back another 3-5 years.  I heard that the Niners floated an offer of their #10 pick to the Browns for Quinn.  Just a rumor that probably would include more on both sides, but intriguing nonetheless.  I guess Alex Smith and Shaun Hill have really looked terrible in the first QB mini-camp, Smith reportedly had his worst practice of his career earlier this week.

I would love to see Alex Smith's worst practice of his career.  That had to be something special.

4/15/09   |   Raider_Dave   |   47 respect

snbslugger wrote:
Orakpo is a freak.  That is why I hope he falls to #10. :)

I'm hoping he doesn't, but if he becomes the next Gholston, the Niners would be set back another 3-5 years.  I heard that the Niners floated an offer of their #10 pick to the Browns for Quinn.  Just a rumor that probably would include more on both sides, but intriguing nonetheless.  I guess Alex Smith and Shaun Hill have really looked terrible in the first QB mini-camp, Smith reportedly had his worst practice of his career earlier this week.

4/15/09   |   100%InjuryRate   |   1283 respect

snbslugger wrote:

Love it.

"The Orakpo Spider is a species indigenous to the Southwestern United States.  His primary diet is that of football quarterbacks, specifically those that play in the Big 12 conference.  There is no known antidote for the Orakpo's neurotoxic sack dance.  Such symptoms of infection include feelings of humiliation and self-doubt."

Orakpo-phobia.

I could go on all day.

4/15/09   |   snbslugger

100%InjuryRate wrote:
I keep wondering what kind of last name Orakpo is. It's pretty damn cool. Reminds me of spiders. Giant, super-ripped spiders who kill running backs.

Love it.

"The Orakpo Spider is a species indigenous to the Southwestern United States.  His primary diet is that of football quarterbacks, specifically those that play in the Big 12 conference.  There is no known antidote for the Orakpo's neurotoxic sack dance.  Such symptoms of infection include feelings of humiliation and self-doubt."

4/15/09   |   rjoelmc

I think Orakpo is a good fit for the Packers. At Texas he was called Longhornbambam. He is stacked, strong, and a beast!

4/15/09   |   Raider_Dave   |   47 respect

He definitely fits what the Packers are trying to do up there with Capers' new system.  I hope he succeeds as a pro, but Texas players typically don't pan out in the NFL.  Only time will tell, but at least on paper this would look like a good choice.

4/15/09   |   100%InjuryRate   |   1283 respect

snbslugger wrote:
Orakpo is a freak.  That is why I hope he falls to #10. :)

I keep wondering what kind of last name Orakpo is. It's pretty damn cool. Reminds me of spiders. Giant, super-ripped spiders who kill running backs.

4/15/09   |   snbslugger

Orakpo is a freak.  That is why I hope he falls to #10. :)

4/15/09   |   taylordanley   |   6 respect

great write-up, nailed it.