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WCG Mock Draft - Green Bay Packers

Kenny Phillips
ANALYSIS: The Packers are in a tough spot in this draft as there have been many linemen and cornerbacks chosen already, both need areas for the Packers. I think they would really like to strengthen their line (especially at guard) to help Aaron Rodgers. While the line was solid last year, Favre bailed them out many times to keep the sack total down and make it look better than it really was. Branden Albert would be exactly what they are looking for as a versatile player who could play guard or tackle in a backup role if not come in and start at guard where they are weakest, but it looks like the Steelers are going to be all over him as they were in our draft.

Cornerback is also a need with Woodson and Harris turning 32 and 34 this year, respectively. If Phillips and Albert are both off the board they would likely go with cornerbacks Brandon Flowers (Va. Tech) or Reggie Smith (Oklahoma), but they can't pass up the draft's best safety at #30. Phillips, a junior, is a big physical cornerback (6'2", 212 lbs). The Packers love physical defensive backs and have 2 of them in Harris (corner) and Atari Bigby (safety). Phillips would not have to start right away as Bigby and Nick Collins are decent starting safeties. His biggest strengths appear to be his strength and speed. He plays both the run and the pass well and really could play either SS or FS because of this. Mental mistakes appear to be a big weakness of his. This could bite him in the NFL as safeties really pay for being out of position, but he does have the speed that has helped him recover from being out of position in the past. From a Bears fan's perspective, it sucks to see the Packers get the #1 player at any position of need for them. That being said, there is no elite safety in this draft so it isn't a pick to be especially scared of. However, his game seems to fit in well with what the Packers have and like, so he could potentially blossom.
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17 Minnesota Vikings Calias Campbell Ando Details
18 Houston Texans Jonathan Stewart whitebearsox23 Details
19 Philadelphia Eagles Aqib Talib bufordht Details
20 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Malcom Kelly Chad Details
21 Washington Redskins Phillip Merling leopoldjones Details
22 Dallas Cowboys Antoine Cason Doctor Chicago Details
23 Pittsburgh Steelers Branden Albert Galloping Ghost Details
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26 Jacksonville Jaguars Kentwan Balmer sirus19x Details
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28 Dallas Cowboys Devin Thomas Devin47 Details
29 San Francisco 49ers Quentin Groves leopoldjones Details
30 Green Bay Packers Kenny Phillips Ando Details

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