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Shocking 1st-Round Picks of the 2014 NFL Draft for the Green Bay Packers

Matt SteinCorrespondent IIMay 2, 2014

Shocking 1st-Round Picks of the 2014 NFL Draft for the Green Bay Packers

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    Wide receiver Brandin Cooks would be an extremely shocking pick for the Packers.
    Wide receiver Brandin Cooks would be an extremely shocking pick for the Packers.Steve Dykes/Getty Images

    The last thing fans of the Green Bay Packers want in the first round of the 2014 NFL draft is a shocking pick. These picks often carry a negative connotation with them.

    However, that certainly isn't always the case with shocking picks. For example, no one expected the Seattle Seahawks to draft Bruce Irvin in the first round two years ago, but he's developed into a quality player. The same is true for center Travis Frederick and the Dallas Cowboys last year.

    So, even though the following five players would be shocking picks for the Packers, not all of them would necessarily be bad choices. Let's take a look a some of these picks, why the Packers would potentially take them and whether or not they'd fit in Green Bay.

Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State

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    While an NFL team can never have too many talented cornerbacks, it'd still be shocking to see the Packers select one in the first round. With Tramon Williams, Sam Shields, Casey Hayward and Micah Hyde all on the roster, Green Bay is pretty set at the cornerback position.

    With that said, the Packers don't have a player like Michigan State's Darqueze Dennard in the secondary. That's ultimately why picking him the first round wouldn't be too terrible of a choice.

    The greatest quality of Dennard's game, and where the Packers secondary really lacks, is physicality. He's capable of getting in the face of a wide receiver and dominating in press coverage. He can push opponents off their routes, but also has the ability to turn, run with a receiver and make a play on the football.

    There are certainly bigger needs for the Packers to address early in the draft, but a surprising pick like Dennard would pay off instantly in a positive way for Green Bay.

Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan

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    There are a handful of reasons why offensive tackle Taylor Lewan would be a shocking pick for the Packers. For starters, it'd be surprising if he fell all the way to the 21st pick in the draft.

    Secondly, Lewan has some major off-field issues that need to be addressed. Green Bay usually stays away from players with questionable backgrounds like Lewan.

    Finally, the Packers already have four solid offensive tackles in David Bakhtiari, Bryan Bulaga, Derek Sherrod and Don Barclay. Adding a fifth as a first-round pick would simply be overkill.

    With all that said, Lewan has way more potential than any of the current offensive tackles on the Packers roster. And you can simply never go wrong with drafting a player who can protect quarterback Aaron Rodgers at an elite level.

Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State

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    Much like the cornerback position, the Packers are pretty well set at wide receiver. With Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb and Jarret Boykin, Green Bay has one of the better receiving corps in the league.

    However, you can never have too many weapons for Rodgers. And Oregon State's Brandin Cooks is a weapon in every sense of the word.

    Cooks is the top slot receiver in this year's draft, and it's quite likely that he goes in the first round. The reason that it'd be shocking for the Packers to draft him is because they already have a similar player to Cooks in Cobb. In fact, Cobb is even a little more versatile and dangerous than Cooks.

    Of course, the Packers could decide to play Cobb on the outside 100 percent of the time and keep Cooks strictly as a slot receiver, but that seems like it'd limit Cobb too much. The likely scenario is that the Packers pass on Cooks even if he's available and draft a developmental receiver late in the draft.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington

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    Unlike the previous shocking picks we've looked at, tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins would actually fill a pretty big need for the Packers. That isn't what would make his selection in the first round surprising.

    With Seferian-Jenkins, it's mostly about overall talent. While Seferian-Jenkins is definitely a quality player, drafting him in the first round would be reaching in a major way. His biggest weakness is his lack of physicality, which an NFL tight end definitely needs.

    There are also other concerns surrounding Seferian-Jenkins, such as injuries and off-field issues. He broke his pinkie before the 2013 season and was also arrested last year for DUI.

    All of this combined should push Seferian-Jenkins out of the first round entirely, which is why it'd be so shocking if the Packers took him.

Weston Richburg, C, Colorado State

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    Our final shocking pick would be the most shocking of all. That pick would be center Weston Richburg of Colorado State.

    While the Packers certainly have a need at center, it's not a position that should be addressed in the first round. In fact, it's probably a position that shouldn't be addressed in the first four rounds.

    However, we saw a perfect example of a team needing a center and going after one in the first round with Dallas last year. They targeted Travis Frederick out of Wisconsin and shocked the entire world when he was their selection at the end of Round 1.

    If the Packers were to do something similar with Richburg this year, it'd be even more shocking than the Frederick pick. That's simply because general manager Ted Thompson doesn't draft interior linemen early in the draft. In fact, Thompson has never drafted a true center in all his years as GM.

    This pick would certainly help out the Packers offensive line, but it'd also make everyone think that Thompson has completely lost his mind. The shock factor on this pick would be a righteous 10.

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