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2015 NFL Mock Draft: Green Bay Packers select Benardrick McKinney, ILB, Mississippi State 30th overall

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The Packers add a much needed linebacker to replace AJ Hawk.

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The 30th pick of the 2015 Big Blue View Community Mock Draft is in!

30) Green Bay Packers GM - griar Pick - Benardrick Mckinney Explanation

There are some nice offensive prospects still on the board, but this pick was going to be on defense all along and no matter what. That is what happens when you spend 0$ on free agent market. In the past two months Packers lost their only serviceable MLB, whatever DT rotation they had, a starting CB and the one supposed to take over him. Because of that I had to pass on Shaq Thompson, who I love and believe would be great opposite Clay Matthews. With top two DTs and CBs gone I got a nice choice between top two ILBs (Kendricks being the other). Ultimately McKinney seems to me as a better athlete, and he’s been on the radar longer, which I value in the crazy hype machine of The Draft.

Raptor's View

I'm not sure the Packers could have gone wrong in choosing any of McKinney, Kendricks, or Thompson. Kendricks is probably the most complete linebacker in this draft, although his size could be a factor for some teams. Thompson is an absolute playmaker, and the Packers are at their best when their defense is getting the ball back for their offense. But McKinney is a big, long, rangy athlete of a linebacker.  He is a bit lacking in coverage, but is a beast going downhill.  If the Packers' defensive line can stay stout enough for him to play freely, McKinney should be a solid pick-up.

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The Picks So Far

  1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Jameis Winston (QB, FSU) - Full Story
  2. Tennessee Titans - Marcus Mariota (QB, Oregon) - Full Story
  3. Jacksonville Jaguars - Leonard Williams (DL, USC) - Full Story
  4. Oakland Raiders - Amari Cooper (WR, Alabama) - Full Story
  5. Washington Redskins - Dante Fowler Jr. (DE/OLB, Florida) - Full Story
  6. New York Jets - Kevin White (WR, WVU) - Full Story
  7. Chicago Bears - Vic Beasley (OLB, Clemson) - Full Story
  8. Atlanta Falcons - Alvin "Bud" Dupree  (DE/OLB, Kentucky) - Full Story
  9. New York Giants - DeVante Parker (WR, Louisville) - Full Story
  10. St. Louis Rams - Brandon Scherff (OL, Iowa) - Full Story
  11. Minnesota Vikings - Andrus Peat (OT, Stanford) - Full Story
  12. Cleveland Browns - Danny Shelton (DT, Washington) - Full Story
  13. New Orleans Saints - Randy Gregory (DE/OLB, Nebraska) - Full Story
  14. Miami Dolphins - Trae Waynes (CB, Michigan St.) - Full Story
  15. San Francisco 49ers - La'El Collins (OL, LSU) - Full Story
  16. Houston Texans - Shane Ray (OLB, Missouri) - Full Story
  17. San Diego Chargers - Ereck Flowers (OT, Miami) - Full Story
  18. Kansas City Chiefs - Cam Erving (OL, FSU) - Full Story
  19. Cleveland Browns - Marcus Peters (CB, Washington) - Full Story
  20. Philadelphia Eagles - Landon Collins (S, Alabama) - Full Story
  21. Cincinnati Bengals - Malcom Brown (DT, Texas) - Full Story
  22. Pittsburgh Steelers - Jalen Collins (CB, LSU) - Full Story
  23. Detroit Lions - Todd Gurley (RB, Georgia) - Full Story
  24. Arizona Cardinals - Eli Harold (DE/OLB, Virginia) - Full Story
  25. Carolina Panthers - DJ Humphries (OT, Florida) - Full Story
  26. Baltimore Ravens - Jaelen Strong (WR, Arizona State) - Full Story
  27. Dallas Cowboys - Melvin Gordon (RB, Wisconsin) - Full Story
  28. Denver Broncos - T.J. Clemmings (OT, Pittsburgh) - Full Story
  29. Indianapolis Colts - Arik Armstead (DL, Oregon) - Full Story