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Mosley to Ha Ha to Shazier and beyond; the fans pick

Posted May 8, 2014

The 2014 NFL Draft is only hours away from beginning


Leonardo from London, UK

I say C.J. Mosley.

Mosley would be my pick, too, if he’s available, and I think it’s going to be close. Mosley can play inside or outside. He can rush, cover and bang. Mosley plays bigger than his size and can get bigger. He has a Packers locker room temperament and is selfless and dedicated. He’s everything I think this team needs in this draft.

Jocelyn from Crawfordsville, IN

If Louis Nix is good enough for you, and good enough for Tony, he’s good enough for me.

He’s been available at pick 21 in every mock in which I’ve participated, and Tony Pauline and most draftniks have him fitting right where the Packers are sitting. Get the big guys early, and this is a real talented big guy who would’ve probably been a top 10 pick had he opted for the draft a year ago.

Andrew from Cambridge, IA

With the 21st pick in the 2014 draft, the Packers select Anthony Barr from UCLA.

He was a top-five prospect when last season ended. Has he fallen? What has he done to fall? How far might he fall? All the way to the Packers? Barr is a 49ers kind of guy. He has the length they love, and Packers Defensive Coordinator Dom Capers often speaks of length in judging talent. Barr is athletic and sudden, two other qualities Capers loves. Keep an eye on this guy tonight. If he falls, he could become the steal of the draft.

Will from Milwaukee, WI

The Seahawks just signed Sherman to a four-year, $57.4 million contract ($40 million guaranteed). That’s in addition to a couple of other huge signings this offseason (Baldwin and Thomas), while Wilson is still due a pricey new contract. What’s that I hear in the distance? Is it the salary cap train?

The conductor is calling, “All aboard,” but the train hasn’t left the station, yet. The Seahawks can push out the money for a long time, but the sign-our-guys-and-sign-your-guys-too days are over. All aboard!

Martin from Oconomowoc, WI

I’m guessing it will be one of the following: Mosley, Gilbert, Hageman, Pryor, Nix or Ealy.

You’re on the clock, Martin. It’s time to pick. The world is waiting. Don’t make a mistake because there’s no replay review. You have to live with your mistakes in the draft.

Ian from Fargo, ND

With the 21st pick of the 2014 NFL Draft, the Green Bay Packers select Teddy Bridgewater, quarterback, Louisville.

I don’t think he’s the 21st-best player in this draft, but need at quarterback could cause a team to trade back into the first round to pick him. That’s where it could get interesting for the Packers and other teams near the bottom of the first round.

Rick from Appleton, WI

Texas A&M quarterback John Manziel.

I disagree with my buddy Tony Pauline. I think Manziel will go in the first three picks.

Eric from Aurora, IL

With the 21st pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Green Bay Packers select Odell Beckham, LSU.

He’s a talented wide receiver in a talent-rich wide receiver draft. He seems to fit where the Packers sit, but you can get a quality wide receiver later in this draft and Ted Thompson doesn’t strike me as a first-round-wide-receiver kind of guy.

Hansen from Whitewater, WI

Darqueze Dennard.

I was looking forward to seeing him practice at the Senior Bowl, but then he scratched and I think it hurt him. He was the No. 1 corner at that point and I think he figured he didn’t need to show what he could do at the Senior Bowl. Right after that, Justin Gilbert began to rise. Dennard would be value at pick 21.

Jon from Kingsford, MI

No first-round pick; trade down.

It could happen. If it does, I’ll then turn my attention to center Weston Richburg.

Dan from St. Paul, MN

With the 21st overall pick, the Green Bay Packers select Calvin Pryor, safety, Louisville.

Kam Chancellor should get a cut of Pryor’s rookie contract because Chancellor’s success has helped make Pryor a hot commodity. All of a sudden, everybody wants an enforcer in the middle of the field. In the player-safety era? OK, so is Pryor Chancellor or Brandon Meriweather? That’s the question you have to answer if you draft Pryor.

Mike from Stephenson, MI

Eric Ebron.

Tony says it’s unlikely Ebron would make it past all of the teams that are thought to be interested in him, but if he did, he would represent major risk/reward, and I think the potential reward is worth the risk.

Teddy from Winnipeg, Manitoba

Mosley or Gilbert, if either are available.

Gilbert is a shut-down corner and lights-out kick returner. If he’s available, it’s a no-brainer.

Chris from Ironwood, MI

I’ll play by the rules and go with Kyle Fuller at 21.

I hadn’t seen or heard Fuller’s name associated with the Packers pick until this week, but all of a sudden I’m seeing it more and more. Hmmmm.

Nick from Kenosha, WI

With the 21st overall pick, the Green Bay Packers select Deone Bucannon, safety, Washington State.

Wait a round.

Jonathan from Alexandria, VA

Ra’Shede Hageman, DL, Minnesota.

I could not get a handle on this guy at the Senior Bowl, and Tony said, “Join the club.”

Scott from Lincoln City, OR

Vic, did you make it into the Altar Boy Hall of Fame?

I had some off-the-altar issues that hurt me.

Jon from Whitewater, WI

With the 21st pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Green Bay Packers select Austin Seferian-Jenkins, tight end, Washington.

Big-time risk/reward. This guy has Ebron-like talent, but he’s been compared to Jerramy Stevens. This pick would feel a lot better in the second round.

Matthew from St. Paul, MN

Give me Brandin Cooks.

See answer to Odell Beckham above.

Bryan from Superior, WI

With the 21st overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Green Bay Packers select Dee Ford.

I loved him at the Senior Bowl, but Tony kept cautioning me, “He’s a one-trick pony.” Ford did one thing at the Senior Bowl: He beat tackles with a speed rush as a down defensive end, and he did it over and over. So did Vinny Curry a few years ago. The problem with Ford for the Packers is that he’d have to make a position switch to outside linebacker, and no one has seen him try it.

Jeff from Newburyport, MD

Kelvin Benjamin.

I mentioned Benjamin to Tony and he gave me a speeding ticket.

Raymond from San Antonio, TX

What are your thoughts on the late Bill Nunn?

He’s the best scout I’ve ever known. I learned from him. Bill lived a long and distinguished life as an athlete, journalist and football man. He’ll always be with me.

Dain from Columbus, WI

I’d move up and grab Borland, if I could get him from pick 12-15. At 21, I’m on the Ha Ha bus.

Tony would sentence you to life in prison for the speeding ticket he’d give you on Borland. The Ha Ha bus isn’t nearly as crowded as it was when this whole process began. Packernation was Ha Ha crazy back then. Tony says he fits. It might be time tonight for all of us to get on the bus.

Emmett from Monahans, TX

Timmy Jernigan at 21.

He couldn’t play for Brian Billick, if you know what I mean.

Travis from Minneapolis, MN

Saw this quote from John Clayton, “The playoff teams drafting in the final 12 picks of the first round will be acquiring additional picks in a talent-rich draft to facilitate the weaker teams looking for quarterbacks.”

That’s a solid prediction.

Russell from Shorewood, WI

Ryan Shazier.

He fits at the pick and he addresses the need at linebacker and, more importantly, the need for more team speed. Capers knows how to use a player of Shazier’s talents. He’ll keep the blockers off him and let him run to the ball.

Matthew from Louisville, KY

Jeremiah Attaochu.

I love him, but not on the first day.

Matt from New York, NY

In your article yesterday, you quoted Tony Pauline saying something about “an owner’s pick” in reference to ticket sales. Are there owners that pick players that help drive ticket sales and revenue, even though they may not be the best available player?

Yes, there are owners that do that, but not in Green Bay. When the Packers pick, talent to play the game will be the only consideration. Enjoy the draft, everybody. We’ll have much to discuss on Friday, day five of the “Six Days of Vic.” By the way, please join me at 7 p.m. CT tonight for our live chat.


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