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2016 NFL mock draft: Green Bay Packers snag Joshua Perry

The revamping of Green Bay's defense continues in the SB Nation NFL writers mock draft.

The rebuilding of the Green Bay Packers defense continues. In the first round of the SB Nation NFL writers mock draft, the Packers added Alabama defensive tackle Jarran Reed to help up front. In the second round, Tex Western of Acme Packing Co. continues to attack that side of the ball.

57. Packers: Joshua Perry, LB, Ohio State

Western: Finally, the Packers are able to find an inside linebacker who is a good value in the early rounds of the draft. Perry brings a rare blend of size and athleticism to this position, and enough coverage ability to make you believe he can grow into a three-down linebacker. Run support and sure tackling are certainly his strengths, but Dom Capers should also put him to use regularly as a blitzer. He should be a steadying presence in the middle of the defense for several years to come.

This move also ensures that Clay Matthews can return to a full-time role as an outside linebacker, which Mike McCarthy and company have hoped to do all offseason. Perry should end up pairing with Michigan’s Jake Ryan on the inside, with Ryan coming off the field in the dime package.

Analysis: Although Perry played more outside for Ohio State, he has the playing style to move inside in a 3-4 defense. He's capable of filling gaps and is a powerful linebacker who rarely misses tackles. He has some experience covering tight ends, and did decently enough that Green Bay's other linebackers may not be asked to do it. Perry is a little stiff moving around laterally, but that would be masked some playing on the inside.

Dan's Top 5 players remaining

  • 40. Sterling Shepard, WR, Oklahoma
  • 43. Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame
  • 46. Le'Raven Clark, OT, Texas Tech
  • 51. Tyler Boyd, WR, Pittsburgh
  • 53. Xavien Howard, CB, Baylor

Packers picks

  • 1-26: Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama
  • 2-57: Joshua Perry, LB, Ohio State

We are down to our penultimate day in the 2016 SB Nation NFL writers mock draft. Our trio of selections for Thursday is the Steelers, Chiefs and Patriots starting at 9 a.m. ET.

Complete draft results:

First round

1. Tennessee TitansLaremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss (Link
2. Cleveland BrownsJared Goff, QB, Cal (Link
3. San Diego ChargersJalen Ramsey, DB, Florida State (Link)
4. Dallas Cowboys - Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State (Link)
5. Jacksonville JaguarsMyles Jack, LB, UCLA (Link)
6. Baltimore RavensJoey Bosa, DE, Ohio State (Link)
7. San Francisco 49ersDeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon (Link)
8. Philadelphia EaglesEzekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State (Link)
9. Tampa Bay BuccaneersNoah Spence, DE, Eastern Kentucky (Link)
10. New York GiantsRonnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame (Link)
11. Chicago Bears - Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida (Link)
12. New Orleans SaintsA'Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama (Link)
13. Miami Dolphins - Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State (Link)
14. Oakland RaidersJack Conklin, OT, Michigan State (Link)
15. Los Angeles RamsMackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson (Link)
16. Detroit LionsTaylor Decker, OT, Ohio State (Link)
17. Atlanta FalconsShaq Lawson, DE, Clemson (Link)
18. Indianapolis ColtsRyan Kelly, C, Alabama (Link)
19. Buffalo BillsReggie Ragland, MLB, Alabama (Link)
20. New York Jets - Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State (Link)
21. Washington - Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor (Link)
22. Houston Texans - Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor (Link)
23. Minnesota VikingsJosh Doctson, WR, TCU (Link)
24. Cincinnati Bengals - Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss (Link)
25. Pittsburgh Steelers - William Jackson, CB, Houston (Link)
26. Seattle SeahawksJonathan Bullard, DL, Florida (Link)
27. Green Bay Packers - Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama (Link)
28. Kansas City ChiefsVernon Butler, DT, Louisiana Tech (Link)
29. Arizona Cardinals - Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Ole Miss (Link)
30. Carolina PanthersKevin Dodd, DE, Clemson (Link)
31. Denver BroncosPaxton Lynch, QB, Memphis (Link)

Second round

32. Cleveland Browns - Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State (Link)
33. Tennessee Titans - Chris Jones, DT, Mississippi State (Link)
34. Dallas Cowboys - Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville (Link)
35. San Diego Chargers- Cody Whitehair, G, Kansas State (Link)
36. Baltimore Ravens - Kendall Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech (Link)
37. San Francisco 49ers - Jason Spriggs, OT, Indiana (Link)
38. Jacksonville Jaguars - Leonard Floyd, OLB, Georgia (Link)
39. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Oklahoma State (Link)
40. New York Giants - Karl Joseph, S, West Virginia (Link)
41. Chicago Bears - Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama (Link)
42. Miami Dolphins - Jaylon Smith, LB, Notre Dame (Link)
43. Los Angeles Rams - Vonn Bell, S, Ohio State (Link)
44. Oakland Raiders - Darian Thompson, S, Boise State (Link)
45. Los Angeles Rams - Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State (Link)
46. Detroit Lions - Jeremy Cash, S, Duke (Link)
47. New Orleans Saints - Joshua Garnett, G, Stanford (Link)
48. Indianapolis Colts - Austin Johnson, DT, Penn State (Link)
49. Buffalo Bills - Kamalei Correa, DE/OLB, Boise State (Link)
50. Atlanta Falcons - Keanu Neal, S, Florida (Link)
51. New York Jets - Shon Coleman, OT, Auburn (Link)
52. Houston Texans - Hunter Henry, TE, Arkansas (Link)
53. Washington - Nick Martin, C, Notre Dame (Link)
54. Minnesota Vikings - Su'a Cravens, LB/S, USC (Link)
55. Cincinnati Bengals - Kenny Clark, DT, UCLA
56. Seattle Seahawks - Germain Ifedi, OT, Texas A&M