Monday, March 16, 2009

No Logo Needed Mock Draft: 8th and 9th Picks

We had our first no show with the Jaguars, which means that the best prospect from Draftcountdown was selected. This may sounds like a bad thing, but just wait until you read the Packers' explanation for their 9th pick.

With the eighth pick, the Jacksonville Jaguars select:

B.J. Raji, DT, Boston College

According to

The Jags still haven’t adequately replaced Marcus Stroud so B.J. Raji could be an intriguing option at defensive tackle alongside John Henderson.

9th Pick

Since I'm so nice, I'll also include the 9th pick, a talented player who will be cursed to hatred by those that are righteous and to become the enemy of everything that is good in the world. Drafting on behalf of the Packers are the folks from Lombardi Ave.

With the ninth pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, the Green Bay Packers select:

Brian Orakpo, DE/OLB, Texas

With the new 3-4 scheme in town, the Packers desperately need a good outside pass rusher to play opposite Aaron Kampman. Orakpo provides that strong force from the outside to succeed. All of the great 3-4 defenses in the NFL have "that guy" that can make plays, from James Harrison in Pittsburgh to Terrell Suggs in Baltimore. Orakpo will be able to help anchor the Packers linebacking corps for a long, long time.

Most people have the Packers picking Ohio State corner Malcolm Jenkins with this pick, including most "experts." While that makes sense given the age of starters Charles Woodson and Al Harris, there is still youth behind them. Tramon Williams (despite his contract situation) filled in admirably when Harris was out with the spleen injury in 2008 and the Packers drafted Pat Lee in the third round in 2008 as well. If they pick a corner, they'll do it in the second, third, or fourth rounds. We don't want another Ahmad Carroll on our hands.

The player I feel the Packers need the most is B.J. Raji from Boston College. Raji is big and strong, and can move decently. I feel he would provide a great anchor to the 3-4 scheme. None of the tackles the Packers have on the roster currently are the right type for Dom Capers' defense, and Raji could provide a Casey Hampton-like presence in the middle and be the nucleus of that defensive line and defense for years to come. However, I will take a terror from the outside in Orakpo as well.

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