The 82nd annual NFL Draft will take place in Philadelphia on April 27-29. The Green Bay Packers will select with the 29th pick.
With the draft quickly approaching, besides the Cleveland Browns – selecting first overall – each team must be willing to accept the fact that it is unclear who will be available.
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While the Packers’ front office has not publicly addressed who they plan on taking, draft experts on various networks have differed greatly on who should and will be picked 29th overall.
Arguably the top two draft experts on this planet, Todd McShay and Mel Kiper, recently had very different takes on who the team should select.
Kiper predicted that the pick should go to Flordia State running back Dalvin Cook. A move that would make all the sense in the world.
The Packers, as of last year had to rely heavily on a former wide receiver to be their leading back, Ty Montgomery. This was after their main back, Eddie Lacy, was lost for the year due to injury.
Now Lacy is off the team completely, signing with the Seattle Seahawks this offseason.
This move would fill the void as Cook was one of the best backs in college; however, the value of this may be in question.
Kiper is the same guy who many times has said running backs are “a dime a dozen”. Meaning in most cases they are not worth the value of a first round pick.
The Packers, however, saw the Cowboys do it last year with Ezekiel Elliot. That move, to say the least, was worth the first round pick.
Cook rushed for 1,765 yards last season as well as 19 rushing touchdowns. Very similar to his season in 2015.
While he would certainly bolster the backfield, there is no guarantee he is a can’t miss runner, and it seems that high of a pick on him would be a waste.
Not to mention, Cook has some red flags with injuries. He is said to have “chronic shoulder injuries”.
Todd McShay preferred to Packers to go focus on the defensive side of the ball, taking Charles Harris.
Harris, the edge rusher out of Missouri, had a successful career in college and may be the player the Packers could use to fix up the holes on defense. After running a 4.82 at the combine, Harris looks to be a speedy rusher to any team he joins.
The Packers really could use help on defense after their inability to defend in the postseason last year.
Whether Harris is what they need or not, remains to be seen.
–– Bobby Burack covers the Green Bay Packers and is the Managing Editor for cover32 Packers. Connect and follow on Twitter @bburack16