The Draft is soon, our party even sooner. The last picks in our Staff Mock Draft are coming fast, so fast that we're going to give them all to you now. Our draft party starts soon, but we've got to know what the Packers are getting, am I right?
Check the full list out right here, and be on it like Billy Shakespeare wrote sonnets.
Before we get there, the Jets are on the clock. With the 30th pick in the draft, the New York Jets, represented by Stephen Ronkowski, choose...
30. Rahim Moore, FS, UCLA
Stephen says: After another strong season that came up one game short of the Big Show, the Jets need to maintain their biggest strength--a smother defense-- and make some improvements on offense so they don't get smothered themselves. There isn't much value on the board right now for their other major needs--offensive and defensive lines--so I think the Jets will look to fill another position of need, Free Safety. While the Jets are famous for their CB play, an upgrade at FS will allow Rex Ryan to bring more men into the box without having to worry about getting burned deep.
Moore has only average speed, but he's adept at reading an offense and showed flashes of brilliance in 2009, when he notched 10 INTs, the most by any FBS player since 2003. While his production dropped last season - all the way from 10 to 1 INT - that is as much a result of teams throwing away from him as it is a sudden decline in his playing ability. His ability to cover the deep ball would allow the Jets' CBs to take more risks on jumping routes, and his ability to read an offense makes him a perfect player to be taken under Ryan's wing. He does need a bit of work on his aggressiveness and run support, but he is worth the pick here for his ball-hawking skills alone.
With the 31st pick in the draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers select...
31. Aaron Williams, CB, Texas
Smudgers David Taylor says: Aaron Rodgers destroyed Pittsburgh's secondary in the Super Bowl. Add in the fact that both Ike Taylor and WIlliam Gay are free agents, the Steelers need to find a guy in this draft that will help right away at the cornerback position.
At 6'0, 201, Williams has the size and speed you'd look for in the NFL level. He closes well, and can break up a pass as well as handle it softly enough for the pick. A solid tackler, Williams also plays special teams well, and can return punts. He's still got some room to develop, but has an excellent base for an NFL player.
With the 32nd pick in the NFL Draft, the Green Bay Packers select...
32. Titus Young, WR, Boise State
Dom Corleone says: The Packers don't really have glaring needs. (Kev's Note: That sucks, btw.) They could use another 5 technique DE since Cullen Jenkins is a free agent and rumors coming out of the Packers front office are that he's not in their future plans. They also could use another pass rusher to pair with Clay Matthews so Brooks Reed will get strong consideration here.
With that said, I have the Packers giving Aaron Rodgers another toy to play with on offense, and that's explosive Boise State playmkaer Titus Young. The Packers don't really have a speedster in their Wide Receiver Group that can blow the top off a defense, and Young would give them that element. Aaron Rodgers is probably the best accurate down field passer, so this seems like the perfect pairing.
AND THERE IT IS! The WCG Staff Mock Draft for Round 1 is complete. Now come join us at the party as we see how correct we are. Pre-Gamin' starts in 15 minutes...