Thursday, March 13, 2014
Analyzing Kiper 3.0: Packers
By Rob Demovsky
A month ago, it looked like there was little to no chance the Green Bay Packers would have a shot at Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley at No. 21 in the first round of the draft.
In fact, in his Mock Draft 2.0, Mel Kiper Jr. predicted Mosley would go to the New York Giants at No. 12.
That was before issues arose about Mosley's health. However, he said recently at Alabama's pro day that he has repeatedly checked out fine.
Nevertheless, Kiper has dropped Mosley significantly in his Mock Draft 3.0, which was released Thursday. Kiper believes that if Mosley is indeed available to the Packers at No. 21, they will take him.
His range and ability to cover and tackle would appear to be a good fit for the Packers, who need to upgrade their inside linebacker productivity. While A.J. Hawk had perhaps his best season, the Packers were disappointed with what they got out of Brad Jones at the other inside spot.
Kiper wrote: "... while I know depth on the defensive line is a concern, Mosley is a great value at this point and is a player who can step in right away at inside linebacker and improve the unit. His ability in coverage from the linebacker position surpasses that of anybody in this draft, and if he can stay healthy, he's going to be an impact player early on."
It's interesting to note that Kiper has Louisville safety Calvin Pryor going one spot after the Packers pick, at No. 22 to the Philadelphia Eagles. Perhaps the Packers' greatest need is at safety.