While the Packers are deep and defensive line, and many might even take an edge rusher if Ed Oliver slipped down the board to 12, there is one player that few have been talking about until now. Charles Omenihu was one of the risers at the Senior Bowl yesterday and here’s why:
While most of the talk around this year’s Senior Bowl centered around whether Daniel Jones was a viable first rounder (and having been named the games MVP it looks like someone will consider him so regardless of the wobbly throws and inconsistency), the Packers concern at QB is really all about who gets pushed to them at one of their first round picks, 12 or 30. But with needs at edge rusher and O-line, interior defenders have gotten little love, in fact, more mocks are picking Deionte Thompson to go to the Pack than anyone else it seems.
While there are greater needs, the Packers still have to decide whether or not to bring back Mo Wilkerson and Omenihu (pronounced uhMENihoo) may be available in the second round as what now looks like a top 50 prospect. The Packers’ second rounder sits at 44 and with two picks in the first, could get an edge rusher at 12, keep the money that Mo Wilkerson would command (not a lot mind you), off-load Nick Perry, and sign Clay Matthews back at a lower rate. Then they could get edge in the draft and free agency, get a top tackle or guard at pick 30 and with pick 44 get a disruptive interior guy who could play all across the D-line or maybe even stand up from time to time. Here is a cut-up from 1. Senior Bowl practice (many will recognize who he beats) 2. The Senior Bowl itself and 3. Him strip/sacking Drew Lock with 17 seconds left to go in the game his junior year. Enjoy!