Now, we get a look at what Mel Kiper Jr. would do if he were sitting in the general manager’s chair at 1265 Lombardi Avenue.
Not surprisingly, the two ESPN NFL draft analysts have slightly different visions for the Packers.
Kiper’s version of the “Grade: A” mock draft, in which he makes the picks for the team based on what he thinks is best for each club at that spot, was posted Tuesday.
Here are his picks for the Packers:
First round (No. 27 overall): Kamalei Correa, OLB, Boise State
Second round (No. 57): Jerell Adams, TE, South Carolina
Third round (No. 88): Maurice Canady, CB, Virginia
Sure, Kiper’s picks make sense from a need perspective. Who couldn’t use a pass rusher that some are comparing to Clay Matthews in the first round? However, McShay doesn’t share Kiper’s view that Correa is a first-round pick. McShay had him in the second round (at No. 40 overall) in his "Grade: A" mock.
However, McShay had Adams off his board before the Packers picked at No. 57. He took Adams at No. 52. And Canady wasn’t selected in McShay’s first three rounds.
As for McShay’s picks for the Packers last week, Kiper appears to find those to be reaches as well. McShay picked Louisiana Tech defensive tackle Vernon Butler at No. 27, while Kiper has him in the second round (No. 56 overall). McShay’s second-round pick, Ohio State tight end Nick Vannett, went in the third round (No. 83 overall) for Kiper, who did not have McShay’s third-round pick, Clemson inside linebacker B.J. Goodson, going in the first three rounds at all.