Maybe krkenney is a Packers fan. Maybe he just likes cheese, or Wisconsin, or Aaron Rodgers. I don't know the man. What I do know, however, is that he's about to fill you in on who the Packers are taking with their first round pick in the 2013 BRB Mock Draft.
With the 26th pick of the 2013 BRB Mock Draft, the Green Bay Packers select Cornellius "Tank" Carradine (DE--Florida State).
When division rivals Chicago and Minnesota took my first two targets off the board (Tyler Eifert and Jesse Williams), I decided to focus on retooling a defense that is short on both depth and talent.
Carradine may seem redundant, what with the Nick Perry pick and the re-signing of Clay Matthews, but Carradine's athleticism and knack for getting after the ball-carrier gives the Pack flexibility with how they use Matthews and a great stable of athletic pass-rushers. Such a pick plays into the strengths of the offense as well, following the old Indianapolis model of building a lead and then punishing teams who try to chase it.
Carradine's injury status may be some cause for alarm, but his stock has been steadily rising with encouraging reports about his recovery. Much of what made Carradine a top JuCo recruit and a feared pass rusher was his lateral agility, and the Packers would need to be sure that they were getting the same player who terrorized off the edge playing opposite Bjoern Werner.
Carradine as a player is a complete package, though with extraordinarily refined technique that belies his relative lack of experience starting on the college level. He has elite burst and uses his hands well at the point of contact, as well as showing good instincts against the run.
Carradine offers the Packers' defense flexibility and makes what was already one of the lone bright spots on a struggling defense something that can carry the entire unit going forward.
Your reaction to the pick, BRB? Your Houston Texans and the BRB Staff are now on the clock. A separate post for you to speculate, champion, and/or dismiss the merits of available players you'd like to see us fake-draft for the good guys will publish at 11 a.m. CDT, so keep your powder dry about who you believe the Texans should draft until then.
1. Kansas City Chiefs--Luke Joeckel (OT--Texas A&M)
2. Jacksonville Jaguars--Eric Fisher (OT--Central Michigan)
3. Oakland Raiders--Sharrif Floyd (DT--Florida)
4. Philadelphia Eagles--Dee Milliner (CB--Alabama)
5. Detroit Lions--Jarvis Jones (LB--Georgia)
6. Cleveland Browns--Keenan Allen (WR--Cal)
7. Arizona Cardinals--Chance Warmack (OG--Alabama)
8. Buffalo Bills--Geno Smith (QB--West Virginia)
9. New York Jets--Dion Jordan (DE/OLB--Oregon)
10. Tennessee Titans--Ezekial Ansah (DE--BYU)
11. San Diego Chargers--Lane Johnson (OT--Oklahoma)
12. Miami Dolphins--Barkevious Mingo (DE/OLB--LSU)
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers--Tavon Austin (WR--West Virginia)
14. Carolina Panthers--Star Lotulelei (DT--Utah)
15. New Orleans Saints--Sheldon Richardson (DT--Missouri)
16. St. Louis Rams--DeAndre Hopkins (WR--Clemson)
17. Pittsburgh Steelers--Cordarrelle Patterson (WR--Tennessee)
18. Dallas Cowboys--Jonathan Cooper (G--North Carolina)
19. New York Giants--Bjoern Wagner (DE--Florida State)
20. Chicago Bears--Tyler Eifert (TE--Notre Dame)
21. Cincinnati Bengals--Kenny Vaccaro (S--Texas)
22. St. Louis Rams--Jonathan Cyprien (S--Florida International)
23. Minnesota Vikings--Arthur Brown (ILB--Kansas State)
24. Indianapolis Colts--Xavier Rhodes (CB--Florida State)
25. Minnesota Vikings--Jesse Williams (DT--Alabama)
26. Green Bay Packers--Tank Carradine (DE--Florida State)