2013 NN NFL mock draft: With the fifty-fifth pick, the Green Bay Packers select ...

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The Niners Nation Community Mock Draft moves to pick No. 55, which belongs to the Green Bay Packers.

We're on to the twenty-third pick of the second round, No. 55 overall in the 2013 Niners Nation NFL mock draft. If you missed parts of the first round, check out our entire rundown.

The Green Bay Packers are now on the clock, and their Niners Nation GM is London_9er. With the fifty-fifth pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Packers select T.J. McDonald, S, USC.

Explanation: Perfect Fit for the ‘Green ‘N Yellow' Team with the release of future Hall of Famer and NFL 2009 Defensive Player of the Year DB Charles Woodson. Defensive Coordinator Dom Capers once referred to defensive backs in stating, "You can never have enough of those guys...You always have to be conscious you can get short there in a hurry." For a second round pick, this would be a great STEAL!!! T.J. MCDONALD, would be following his father's footsteps, playing professional football in the NFL as a Defensive Back. His father, T.J. Sr. was drafted by and first played for the Arizona Cardinals, and then moved on to the West-Side Coast. In the Bay Area he played six years for the San Francisco 49ers, got a Superbowl XXIX Ring with them and ended his NFL career there.

T.J. McDonald Jr. totaled a career-high 112 tackles before running a 4.59-second, 40-yard dash and posting an impressive 40-inch vertical leap at the NFL Scouting Combine. He also benefited from the tutorship of longtime NFL defensive coach Monte Kiffin, who used McDonald in a variety of roles in their three seasons together. He is a hard hitter with the versatility to play both Strong & Free Safety positions, even on the Special Teams unit. He will definitely be an important team member of the Defensive minded ‘Green Machine' Football team. He's an all-around solid Safety player, ready to be coached up at the next level -- The NFL. Go Pack Go! Here is a link to T.J. McDonald's Highlights.

Nick Chiamardas: I'm very surprised McDonald goes this early. I project him more as a 4th or 5th round pick (3rd round at best). McDonald certainly has the pedigree as London_9er points out. He's an aggressive player that could fit well into the Packers system. He tends to be overly aggressive at times and may become a target by offenses early on in the season. If safety is the pick here it'd be hard to pass on Bacarri Rambo who is probably the best safety left on the board.

Niners Nation Mock Draft, Round 1

  1. Kansas City Chiefs -- Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah [Explanation]
  2. Jacksonville Jaguars -- Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia [Explanation]
  3. Oakland Raiders -- Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon [Explanation]
  4. Philadelphia Eagles -- Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M [Explanation]
  5. Detroit Lions -- Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan [Explanation]
  6. Cleveland Browns -- Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama [Explanation]
  7. Arizona Cardinals -- Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas [Explanation]
  8. Buffalo Bills -- Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU [Explanation]
  9. New York Jets -- Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama [Explanation]
  10. Tennessee Titans -- Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida [Explanation]
  11. San Diego Chargers -- Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma [Explanation]
  12. Miami Dolphins -- Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina [Explanation]
  13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State [Explanation]
  14. Carolina Panthers -- Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee [Explanation]
  15. New Orleans Saints -- Barkevious Mingo, DE/OLB, LSU [Explanation]
  16. St. Louis Rams -- Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri [Explanation]
  17. Pittsburgh Steelers -- Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia [Explanation]
  18. Dallas Cowboys -- D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama [Explanation]
  19. New York Giants -- Alec Ogletree, ILB, Georgia [Explanation]
  20. Chicago Bears -- Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia [Explanation]
  21. Cincinnati Bengals -- Arthur Brown, ILB, Kansas State [Explanation]
  22. St. Louis Rams -- DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson [Explanation]
  23. Minnesota Vikings -- Keenan Allen, WR, Cal [Explanation]
  24. Indianapolis Colts -- Datone Jones, DE, UCLA [Explanation]
  25. Minnesota Vikings -- Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington [Explanation]
  26. Green Bay Packers -- Damontre Moore, DE/OLB [Explanation]
  27. Houston Texans -- Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee [Explanation]
  28. Denver Broncos -- Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State [Explanation]
  29. New England Patriots -- Margus Hunt, DE, Southern Methodist [Explanation]
  30. Atlanta Falcons -- Tank Carradine, DE/OLB, Florida State [Explanation]
  31. San Francisco 49ers -- Jonathan Cyprien, S, Florida International [Explanation]
  32. Baltimore Ravens -- Matt Elam, S, Florida [Explanation]
  33. Jacksonville Jaguars -- Alex Okafor, DE, Texas [Explanation]
  34. San Francisco 49ers -- Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State [Explanation]
  35. Philadelphia Eagles -- Kyle Long, OL, Oregon [Explanation]
  36. Detroit Lions -- Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State [Explanation]
  37. Cincinnati Bengals -- D.J. Swearinger, S, South Carolina [Explanation]
  38. Arizona Cardinals -- Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame [Explanation]
  39. New York Jets -- Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford [Explanation]
  40. Tennessee Titans -- Blidi Wreh-Wilson, CB, Connecticut [Explanation]
  41. Buffalo Bills -- Matt Barkley, QB, USC [Explanation]
  42. Miami Dolphins -- Jamar Taylor, CB, Boise State [Explanation]
  43. Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- David Amerson, CB, North Carolina State [Explanation]
  44. Carolina Panthers -- Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina [Explanation]
  45. San Diego Chargers -- Jonathan Jenkins, DT, Georgia [Explanation]
  46. St. Louis Rams -- Eric Reid, S, LSU [Explanation]
  47. Dallas Cowboys -- Barrett Jones, C, Alabama [Explanation]
  48. Pittsburgh Steelers -- Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama [Explanation]
  49. New York Giants -- Menelik Watson, OT, Florida State [Explanation]
  50. Chicago Bears -- Manti Te'o, ILB, Notre Dame [Explanation]
  51. Washington Redskins -- Phillip Thomas, S, Fresno State [Explanation]
  52. Minnesota Vikings -- Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama [Explanation]
  53. Cincinnati Bengals -- Giovani Bernard, RB, North Carolina [Explanation]
  54. Miami Dolphins -- Johnathan Franklin, RB, UCLA [Explanation]
  55. Green Bay Packers -- T.J. McDonald, S, USC
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