With The Ninth Pick In the FanIQ Mock Draft, The Green Bay Packers Select...
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
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.
Brian Orakpo - DE/OLB Texas
Andre Smith - OT Alabama
Knowshown Moreno - RB Georgia
Brandon Pettigrew - TE Oklahoma State
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.