Representing the Green Bay Packers in 2009 BGN community mock draft LeonSA selects...
Malcolm Jenkins, CB Ohio State
At 6'1'', 208 LBS, Jenkins could prove to be the solution to the problems that the Packers experienced in their secondary in 2008. As a whole, the defense struggled, collecting just 26 sacks (of which Aaron Kampman got 9.5). I believe that this means that the Packers are praying that DT B.J. Raji somehow drops into their lap. If he is still on the board, he'll be the man. However, I do not believe that the Cheeseheads will trade up to get him. I say this because they realise that the need at DB may be just as pressing. S Atari Bigby was tendered at the second round level, which seems to suggest that they do not have a lot of confidence in him as the long term answer. Reports indicate that the Green Bay coaching staff have also been impressed by Charles Woodson when he lined up at safety during the season. "He was outstanding," secondary coach Kurt Schottenheimer said. "He caused a fumble, he played with great anticipation and he made some good tackles."
The biggest factor in this decision is the age of the two starting coners, who Jenkins would presumably be competing with. Charles Woodson is 32 and Al Harris is 34. Although these two have been premier corners in the NFL for some time, they are aging. Jenkins would be able to fill in here immediatly and could be a cornerstone on the defense for quite some time. With the team making the transition to a 3-4 Defense, having some stability at the back is of the highest importance.
The sleeper in this case is DE Everette Brown. A very strong case can be made for him, and I anticipate that a lot of you guys believe that they will select him, using my point about the lack of pressure on the QB as an argument. However, I believe that the Packers will view Jenkins as the best player still on the board and will resist the urge to draft simply because of a need. I also believe that Ted Thompson will seriously consider drafting down if Raji is off the board at this stage.
Commish take after the jump. Ajay and the San Francisco 49ers are on the clock.
Commish take - This is a good bit higher than I expected Jenkins to to go. His combine performance dropped his stock a bit and there's talk that he may be best suited as a safety at the NFL level. Plus, the Packers' defense is switching to a 3-4 next year so it's very likely take a DE/OLB pass rusher like Everette Brown(like Leon mentioned) or Aaron Maybin. I agree that they would love to have a NT like BJ Raji drop to them. I don't think it's a bad pick and the Packers could use a young corner, but I would have probably gone pass rusher.
Picks so far
1 Detroit Lions - Whodie126 - Eugene Monroe
2 St. Louis Rams – Nick Pampani - Jason Smith
3 Kansas City Chiefs - D3keith - Aaron Curry
4 Seattle Seahawks - yophillybro - Mark Sanchez
5 Cleveland Browns – captain nodar - Brian Orakpo
6 - Cincinnati Bengals - Luxury Used Vehicles By Braman - BJ Raji
7 - Oakland Raiders - 2150akland - MIchael Crabtree
8 - Jacksonville Jaguars - NorthPhillyKidd - Matt Stafford
9 - Green Bay Packers - LeonSA - Malcolm Jenkins