CSN Mock Draft, Pick 26: Packers select ...

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April 18, 2013, 8:30 pm
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No. 26: Damontre Moore, OLB, Texas A&M (6-4/250)

The Packers have been relatively silent during the offseason, watching WR Greg Jennings sign with rival Minnesota, letting veterans Charles Woodson, Cedric Benson, Ryan Grant, and Donald Driver fade into obscurity, and paying talented but maddeningly inconsistent TE Jermichael Finley a $3 million bonus in March rather than release him.

Their only free agent signing of significance was TE Matthew Mulligan.

This says to me that they're pretty happy with the roster they have in place and that they will continue to build their team via the draft -- something general manager Ted Thompson has been very good at doing over the seven-plus years he's been in Green Bay.

The Packers are indeed a fairly complete team, with only an area or two that could be tweaked to put them on par with their main Super Bowl competitors in the NFC; San Francisco and Seattle.

The key to the Packers' defensive resurgence last season was an improved secondary, featuring youngsters safety Sam Shields, cornerback Casey Hayward and safety M.D. Jennings, along with corner Tramon Williams and Woodson. Outside linebacker Casey Matthews continued his superb play, racking up 13 sacks despite getting little help from his teammates. And this is where I have the Packers looking to improve in the first round.

Green Bay drafted DE/OLB Nick Perry out of USC in the first round last season to complement Matthews as a pass rushing threat. Perry suffered an early-season wrist injury and appeared in only six games (2.0 sacks). While there is a good chance Perry comes back strong in 2013, the Pack could use some insurance.

Moore, a junior, played predominantly as a 4-3 DE for the Aggies in 2012, after playing his first two seasons at the "joker" position (same as Von Miller) in Texas A&M's 3-4 scheme. He garnered first-team All-SEC, leading the Aggies in tackles (80), sacks (12.5) and tackles for loss (20.0).

Moore is tall and lean (6-4/250) with long arms. It's these arms and a quick first step that allow him to jar blockers and escape blocks as a pass rusher. And for someone so angular in build, his bend and balance are excellent. While his performance at the NFL Combine (4.95 40 time and only 12 reps on the bench press) had people scratching their heads, the tape is hard to ignore. He looked fast, played hard and simply made plays.

Moore will need to get stronger and get off the snap faster (this is different from having a quick first step), because NFL offensive linemen will toss him around. In Green Bay, Moore will be asked to get up the field and get the QB - something he's very good at doing. And with attention focused on Matthews, Moore has the potential to at least rotate in with Perry to give the Packers a deadly trio of pass rushers.

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