So I was a little surprised to learn it was happening this week. I'm not sure why the change happened but scheduling Pro Days is one portion of the Draft process I don't know much about and am not actively trying to figure out.
USC has two potential first round picks in OT Matt Kalil and DE/OLB Nick Perry. Both stood on a lot of their Combine numbers, Kalil also skipping many of the drills. Perry had an OK day, though said it wasn't as good as he feels he could have performed.
I still have him going to Green Bay in my latest mock, although it was finished prior to the Pro Day.
I don't think that would have changed it much to be honest. I like Perry to the Packers. I'm not saying it won't change—it depends on a lot of factors, including who drops to them.
It's not changing this week.
A look at who some other people have going to the Packers:
CBSSPortsline/NFLDraftscout have two different people going to Green Bay. Rob Rang has DT Kendall Reyes from UCONN wearing the green and gold while Dane Brugler has DT Devon Still from Penn State.
Reyes is a bit of a reach in my opinion, but if Still drops, he could be a good fit. Perry is on the board for Rang's pick, but long gone in Brugler's mock.
Here is Rang's take on Reyes:
General manager Ted Thompson loves to use high picks to fortify his offensive and defensive lines. Reyes hasn't generated the same attention as some of the other top defensive linemen in the 2012 draft but is highly regarded due to his size (6-4, 300), burst and power. He played defensive tackle for the Huskies but has the length and strength to hold up nicely in Green Bay's three-man defensive line.
Over at DraftCountdown, Scott Wright agrees with me, having Perry go to Green Bay.
Green Bay already has one of the most dynamic outside linebackers in the league in Clay Matthews but an upgrade is clearly needed on the other side. After striking gold with Matthews, why not try the Trojan program one more time? USC’s Nick Perry played defensive end in college and racked up 29.5 tackles for a loss and 21.5 sacks in three seasons but he could also transition to outside linebacker in an odd front at the next level. However, regardless of where Perry lines up there is no denying that he is one of the most explosive edge pass rushers in this draft.
Over at ESPN, Todd McShay has Clemson DE Andre Branch as the pick. I like Branch, though he is a bit raw.
Branch is a good fit in Green Bay, with the athleticism to move to outside linebacker in the Packers' 3-4 scheme, as well as the motor and pass-rush ability to get after the quarterback and draw some attention away from Clay Matthews on the other side.
His cohort, the grandfather of Draft over-analysis but also the reason I have a paying writing job in some ways, Mel Kiper went the same direction Wright and I did, with Nick Perry.
The Packers need help in the secondary, but a lot of that starts with the pass rush. It's not an exaggeration to say the Packers' pass rush fell off a cliff towards the end of last season. In Perry, you get a guy who played with his hand on the ground at USC, but should be able to stand up for the Packers and provide the complement they need. And hey, the last time the Packers looked for pass-rush help out of USC it worked out just fine.
Chris Streuber doesn't have any explanation of his picks on the mock itself, but he has Alabama SS Mark Barron as the Packer pick.
I can totally see that pick. While Barron is missing a lot of time recovering from double hernia surgery, it won't affect him long term and even though it's a weak safety class, Barron is still an outstanding player.
The Packers do need some pieces in the secondary as Woodson ages. Could you go cornerback instead? In that mock, it's a bit thin so in this case no. However, corner is certainly an option if the right prospect falls.
I'll periodically do this and keep you up to date with who is sending who to Green Bay so you can avoid Mockpocalypse or Mockburnout.
DEAR ORSON CHARLES—YOU'RE DOING IT WRONG
Of course right after my latest mock went live, reports surfaced that Georgia TE Orson Charles got himself arrested for DUI.
To me, this is an awful sign and not just for the obvious reasons.
I'm not going to get on a high horse and rant about the evils of DUI, you already know them.
I am going to get on that high horse and rant about how stupid you have to be to get arrested for DUI, or drug possession or test positive for drugs or get arrested for shoplifting lollipops—while you are in the Draft process.
When something like this happens, it's a huge red flag for me.
Where's your brain at man? It's only the job interview of your life, only something you've probably been working towards for a maybe a decade.
If you can't stay clean and out of trouble for the months between the end of the college football season and the NFL Draft, can I trust you to stay out of trouble during the season?
It's the height of idiocy. You know you can get a taxi. You know how damaging getting yourself into trouble is, and God forbid you get into an accident and cost someone their life. If you can't control your drinking don't go out until April.
Getting arrested at this point tells me all I need to know about where your priorities are.
So a brief word about the Manning sweepstakes. I know most of you aren't paying too much attention to the idiocy going on but it's entertaining.
To paraphrase Mr. Nagler, I was unaware Manning made tackles or blocks.
If he's healthy, Manning is one of the best quarterbacks in the league. That said, if you aren't a Peyton Manning away from a Super Bowl, are you wasting your time?
It's odd to me that Kansas City and Miami are the front-runners. Neither of them is a quarterback away from a Super Bowl, though looking at Dwayne Bowe, Jamaal Charles and the defense, Kansas City has a fighting chance to make the playoffs at least.
Miami has question marks all across the defense and issues with the offensive line. They have a solid running game and Brandon Marshall, with an OK group of receivers behind him.
They have Florida sunshine, which counts for something when the quarterback in question has played in dome his whole career.
Suffice to say, that's one of many reasons the Jets won't get him. I think it's an awful fit beyond the weather. Like the previous two teams, I also don't know the Jets are one player away from the Super Bowl.
They aren't far, but they need a pass rusher and offensive line depth to start. There's the question of Sanchez as well. If you bring Manning on, Sanchez is done in NYC barring a lot of patience on his part and Manning going down, leaving Sanchez to be the hero.
If the Jets are done with Sanchez, fine, but they'd better be sure. Starting over in another year or two when Manning is done is a risky proposition.
As an organization, the Jets are magpies sometimes—they get obsessed with new and shiny. I don't believe in that, and franchises don't build consistent winners very often that way. If it were just once, maybe, but it's happened a few times now.
The ONE team mentioned which makes sense but probably won't happen? San Francisco. There's a team with only a few flaws and one of those is definitely quarterback.
Miami seems to be the front-runner and I'd hate to have Manning in the AFC East but as a whole, I don't think the Dolphins scare anyone all that much.
Even with Manning, I don't see them winning the East, much less the Super Bowl.
I'm sure we'll talk Manning again though maybe not in this space. I;m already tired of it. Manning is the new Favre.
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