Brian Baldinger had an interesting mock draft the other day. No QB’s taken in the top ten and his pick for Green Bay at number 21 was tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins. My first thought was “No way! We could get this guy in the second round!” But the idea is intriguing…especially given the physicals (6’5″ 262 lbs and a basketball player) that Sefarian-Jenkins could bring to a team that may be losing Jermichael Finley. But I think the pick would be unlikely for several reasons:
- BPA Policy – Ted Thompson more often than not sticks to his best player available philosophy and I find it hard to believe that there would not be several better players available that also fill more pressing needs…Choosing another offensive player would require that he be a difference maker and it is questionable that Sefarian-Jenkins would be that.
- Need – In terms of need, it is likely that the Packers will have a need at tight end especially with the injury to Jermichael Finley. To add a 6’5″ tight end with basketball skills would be a welcome thing for sure, but again…do we take a tight end here or do we wait to see if this guy is available in round two?
- Development – Seferian-Jenkins needs to develop as a player and especially as a blocker. Do the Packers pull him at pick 21 and work with him for a year, possibly passing on a player that could be “plug and play”?
- Availability/Consistency – Had a stress fracture in his foot, but that should be fine. His play has been somewhat inconsistent and Aaron Rodgers needs consistent play from the tight ends. But if he grows into his professional career, he could be a legitimate threat to opposing defenses in the red zone for a long time to come.
- Character – This could be the biggest risk of all. Sefarian-Jenkins pled guilty to a DUI and was sentenced to jail time…bad…very bad. Also suspended for the season opener against Boise State as a consequence of the DUI. Sound like a Packer person? It’s so hard to tell but it does up the RISK.