Pity the 2012 NFL Mock Draft writer as he gets up to these heights in the first round. What do you get for a team that has most everything? The Green Bay Packers have a quarterback who's coming off a Peyton-Manning-in-his-prime kind of year, they're a season removed from a Super Bowl win, and they went 15-1 last year. Okay: They did finish just 19th in points allowed, which kept them a merely outstanding team instead of a transcendent one. That's made Notre Dame safety Harrison Smith a popular choice, and who am I to disagree?
The word everyone uses to describe Smith is steady. He'll be good right away, the Packers won't have to hide him anyplace, and he can step in and help out on a team that will be a disappointment if it doesn't go 15-1 again. (I mean, no pressure, Harrison Smith. I'm just saying—you fall this far in an NFL Mock Draft, and teams start to have... expectations.)
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