2013 NFL Draft - Green Bay Packers

Posted Apr 29, 2013

Green Bay Packers - NFC North, 2013 Draft Selections & Prospects

Green Bay Packers

2013 NFL Draft Team Analysis - AFC
EAST Buffalo | Miami | New England | NY Jets
WEST Denver | Kansas City |  Oakland | San Diego
NORTH Baltimore | Cincinnati  Cleveland | Pittsburgh
SOUTH Houston | Indy | Jacksonville | Tennessee

2013 NFL Draft Team Analysis - NFC
EAST Dallas | NY Giants | Philadelphia | Washington
WEST Arizona | San Francisco | Seattle | St. Louis
NORTH Chicago | Detroit | Green Bay | Minnesota
SOUTH Atlanta | Carolina | New Orleans | Tampa Bay    
- 2012 Green Bay Draft Breakdown
- 2011 Green Bay Draft Breakdown
- 2010 Green Bay Draft Breakdown 

The Draft Was ... scary good. The Packers don't take running backs in the first round, but they addressed the position to finally become more than just Aaron Rodgers with a phenomenal value pick in Alabama's Eddie Lacy in the second and UCLA's Johnathan Franklin in the fourth. There was great value everywhere with Iowa defensive back Micah Hyde going in the fifth and Mississippi State defensive end Josh Boyd a nice flier in a few picks later. Offensive tackle was a priority, and Green Bay came up with two good options in Colorado's David Bakhtiari and Cornell's J.C. Tretter in the fourth – one of them will turn into a starter. UCLA defensive end Datone Jones has the potential to be a killer with the 26th overall pick.
Best Value Pick: RB Eddie Lacy, Alabama in the 2nd round
Worst Value Pick: OT David Bakhtiari, Colorado in the 4th round
They Should've ... taken Arkansas receiver Cobi Hamilton in the sixth round. The former Hog turned into a No. 1 target in a rough year for the program, and while he might not have great timed speed, he could've been a devastating third receiver with good size and toughness. He went four picks after Nate Palmer to Cincinnati.
Division Draft Ranking: 2
Conference Draft Ranking: 4


DE Datone Jones, UCLA
6-4, 283
Overall Pick No. 26 CFN Position Rank: 4

CFN Analysis: FANTASTIC pick at the right time. Versatile and very, very athletic, he can do anything for a defensive front, and he showed throughout the offseason workouts that he's able work in any system and any style. Extremely quick off the ball, he's a pass rusher who can help take the heat off of Clay Matthews.

Very big and very fluid, he moves well for a player of his size with the ability to play anywhere on the line from outside in a 4-3 or tackle in the right system. Able to cut on a dime, he can get the edge as a quick speed rusher at times or can rise up and stuff the run and hold his own against the stronger interior blockers. While he plays a bit high and gets chopped down a bit too easily, and he might not have a set position as a jack-of-all-trades, the tools are impressive enough to find a job for a long time once it all comes together. It might take a little bit of time and patience, and he has to make sure his motor is cranked up to 11 at all times, but he's a terrific all-around football player who'll turn into a solid starter.
CFN Projection: Second Round


RB Eddie Lacy, Alabama (Jr.) 5-11, 231
Overall Pick No. 61 CFN Position Rank: 1
With size, speed and moves, it's all there with the total package to be a true No. 1 running back who can be the lead dog for someone's ground attack. With the right frame, the right physique and the feet to go along with his size, he's a durable playmaker who avoids big hits with a killer spin move and zips and darts like a much smaller player. Like all Alabama backs, he gets after it when it comes to pass protection – you can't play for Nick Saban if you can't hit. But can he hold up?

Even with his moves, he'll take big shots when defenders load up to stop him, and while he single-handedly knocked Manti Te'o out of the top 15 in the BCS Championship, for the most part he's not going to be able to weave and dart like that against top NFL defenders who don't whiff. Working behind an elite offensive line helped, there are durability concerns and he doesn't have a large body of work to go off of, he's the best runner in the draft and the only one who appears ready to be a franchise back.
CFN Projection: First Round


OT David Bakhtiari, Colorado (Jr.) 6-4, 299
Overall Pick No. 109 CFN Position Rank: 8
Some are going to try putting him at guard, but he has left tackle upside with excellent athleticism and the ability to get to the second level in a hurry. Still improving and emerging, he can be tried out in other areas until he's ready to protect someone's blindside. With the versatility to play just about anywhere up front, he'll be seen as a good blocker who'll be drafted to be a starter somewhere. However, he might not be elite in any one area. He's not a special athlete, he's not necessarily built like an NFL left tackle and he's not a powerful blaster for the running game. Even so, there's nice upside and he could end up being used as a swing blocker who can do a little of everything.
CFN Projection: Second Round

OG J.C. Tretter, Cornell 6-3, 307
Overall Pick No. 122 CFN Position Rank: 9
With terrific athleticism and good feet, he could be tried out as a right tackle or be a quick guard in a zone-blocking scheme. A former tight end, he moves well and is as smooth as glass without any wasted movement. He's not for everyone with a maxed out frame and missing the raw bulk and pop to beat up NFL defensive linemen, but he'll always work, always fight, and always do whatever is needed to help out a line. It might not happen right away, but he'll eventually be a versatile starter who fills a hole somewhere.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round

RB Johnathan Franklin, UCLA 5-10, 205
Overall Pick No. 125 CFN Position Rank: 6
More tough than flashy, he never got on the national map despite coming up with a terrific career. He fought through some tough times as the main part of a bad offense before finally being able to break out as a scorer in Jim Mora's first season. A fighter, he'll push for the extra yard and will keep bouncing back to take on more of punishment. Coachable and a leader, he's the guy you want in the locker room to carry the offense, and while he might not have the raw tools – even though he times fast – he's going to have a productive career as long as he can stay in one piece.
CFN Projection: Third Round


FS Micah Hyde, Iowa 6-0, 197
Overall Pick No. 159 CFN Position Rank: 18
With his versatility and ability to play either at safety or corner, he'll be a key player for a defense with potential to see time everywhere and anywhere. A ball-hawker, he was great at coming up with big plays and was always around the ball showing good instincts and awareness. He's a free safety, but he's good enough against the run and won't shy away from contact. The problem is that he's a tweener of all tweeners, decent at everything but not elite in any one area. He'll make a roster because of all he can do, but he'll struggle to become a starter.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round

DT Josh Boyd, Mississippi State 6-3, 310
Overall Pick No. 167 CFN Position Rank: 23
Extremely active for his size, he's a 3-4 interior lineman who's quick off the ball with a 100 mile-per-hour motor and the hustle to make plays happen. Strong and with the ability to work his way into the backfield on a regular basis, he has a nice array of skills to work in a rotation and find ways to produce. The body type isn't quite right and he gets shoved around too easily against the power blockers, and he's not athletic enough to be a pass rusher, but he should make a roster. Players who work like he does tend to stick in a camp, but he needs to get in slightly better shape to handle the pro rigors.
CFN Projection: Sixth Round


OLB Nathan Palmer, Illinois State 6-2, 233
Overall Pick No. 193 CFN Position Rank: Not Ranked


WR Charles Johnson, Grand Valley State 6-2, 209
Overall Pick No. 216 CFN Position Rank: Not Ranked

LB Sam Barrington, USF 6-1, 246
Overall Pick No. 232 CFN Position Rank: Not Ranked