With the 53rd pick in Pride Of Detroit's 2014 NFL mock draft, the Green Bay Packers select Florida State safety Terrence Brooks. Jettero2112 is serving as the Packers' general manager, and his reasoning for the pick is below.
Defense is a big need for the Packers, especially in the secondary and at LB. The air attack expected from the Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears this season will have Ted Thompson looking at safeties in the first few rounds. I had hoped Jimmie Ward or Deone Bucannon would have made it to the Packers in the second, but since they didn't, I decided to select safety Terrence Brooks to fill the need in the Packers' secondary.
Brooks excels at deep safety and in zone coverage. He has the ability to read coverages well and track passes and jump routes after the QB has thrown the ball. Terrence plays the ball hard and has strong closing speed, though he is not super fast overall. He processes information very quickly, which helps him to not overcommit and allows him to close quickly and limit big plays. He is also a good special teams player, being quick off the mark and able to shed blocks faster than most.
He does have a few negatives, such as small size and, so far, poor hands, and he doesn't seem to have that mean streak a lot of top safeties have. Good coaching by Darren Perry and John Rushing will help tremendously.
Check out the 2014 POD Community Mock Draft tracker for a look at all of the picks.