GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Armed with three selections on Day 2 of the NFL draft, the Green Bay Packers are spending the day plotting their strategy for picks Nos. 53 (second round), 85 and 98 (both in the third round).
After taking Alabama safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix in the first round -- a move that ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. called one of the winners of Day 1 -- the Packers reset their draft board to reflect the best players still available.
If their grades on the players still available at 53, 85 and 98 fit their needs, here is who they might consider:
Chris Borland, Wisconsin
Preston Brown, Louisville
Shayne Skov, Stanford
Jeremiah Attaochu, Georgia Tech
Demarcus Lawrence, Boise State
Kyle Van Noy, BYU
Notes: Borland, Brown and Skov would all project as inside linebackers in the Packers’ 3-4 scheme. Kiper Jr. ranked Van Noy, an outside linebacker, as the fifth-best player still available, and Borland as the 12th. In his second-round mock draft, Kiper Jr. predicted Borland to the Packers at No. 53. He wrote: “This would be a steal. He's not a physical freak, but Borland is a football freak. Slots in next to A.J. Hawk.”
Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington
Jace Amaro, Texas Tech
C.J. Fiedorowicz, Iowa
Troy Niklas, Notre Dame
Notes: If the Packers are going to get an impact tight end, they probably need to do it on Friday, because the drop off after these four is significant. Seferian-Jenkins and Amaro are receiving tight ends in the mold of Jermichael Finley, while Fiedorowicz and Niklas are more traditional players. Scouts Inc. has the Packers taking Amaro in its updated second-round mock draft.
Marqise Lee, USC
Cody Latimer, Indiana
Davante Adams, Fresno State
Jarvis Landry, LSU
Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt
Bruce Ellington, South Carolina
Notes: Lee could be one of the first players off the board when the draft resumes, so it's unlikely the Packers would be in position to take him unless they traded up. Keep in mind that they cannot trade No. 98 because it is a compensatory pick at the end of the third round. Lee and Landry are smaller receivers in the 5-foot-11 range, and Ellington is even smaller at 5-9 3/8. The Packers might want to go bigger at this spot, because they already have a dynamic slot receiver in Randall Cobb.
Notes: The Packers are high on second-year pro JC Tretter as their possible next starting center, but the former collegiate tackle has yet to play an NFL snap at any position. There is a good chance all of these centers will be available at No. 53, with Martin and Richburg as likely late second-round picks who also could slip into the third round.