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A way-too-early look at Packers' next draft

5/15/2014

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- This is one case where the headline does not deceive: It's way too early to even think about the 2015 NFL draft.

But that doesn't mean we can't have a little fun looking forward.

ESPN's Todd McShay certainly does so in his first mock draft for next seasonInsider.

As McShay wrote: "I'd say that it's never too early to talk about next year's NFL draft ... but it's too early to be talking about next year's NFL draft."

Nevertheless, McShay's full first-round mock draft for next year tells us a couple of things about the Green Bay Packers.

For one, he has the Packers picking 29th based on 2014 win totals projected by Football Outsiders. That would indicate they expect good things -- although likely not a Super Bowl appearance -- from the Packers in 2014.

That McShay has them picking Oklahoma linebacker Eric Striker indicates he thinks the Packers still have work to do on their pass rush.

Of Striker, a junior-to-be next season, McShay wrote: "Striker is undersized at 6-feet, 219, but flashed during the Sooners' stunning Sugar Bowl win against Alabama, recording three sacks in OU's victory. He gave the Crimson Tide's tackles fits with his speed off the edge."