GREEN BAY, Wis. -- How would you feel if the Green Bay Packers picked a big-bodied cornerback in the first round, an explosive tight end in the second and an agile defensive tackle in the third?
That would be the ideal scenario for the Packers in the eyes of Mel Kiper Jr.
In his "Grade A" mock draft for ESPN Insider, Kiper acted as the general manager for each team. Unlike his regular mock draft in which he projects what each team will do, in this case he makes the picks as if he were in charge of each team, thus giving himself an "A" grade.
So with Kiper sitting in Ted Thompson's chair, here's who he would pick in the first three rounds:
First round (No. 30 overall): Cornerback Jalen Collins, LSU
Second round (No. 62 overall): Tight end Clive Walford, Miami
Third round (No. 94 overall): Defensive tackle Xavier Cooper, Washington St.
That still leaves a significant hole at inside linebacker, but it would probably be a reach to take one at No. 30, and Kiper argued that Collins is too talented to pass up at that spot. At 6-foot-1, he would be the biggest corner on the Packers' roster. Kiper also had the Packers taking Collins in his most recent mock draft.
The Packers have shown an interest in Walford, speaking with him at Miami's pro day. Walford caught 11 touchdown passes over the past two seasons combined and averaged 16.3 yards per catch.
Cooper, an interior lineman in college, had 13 sacks in three seasons at Washington State.
It would seem risky to go three rounds without taking an inside linebacker unless of course you plan to keep playing Clay Matthews there again this season.