2017 Packers Mock Draft

As we near the 2017 NFL Draft, the Packer’s needs have become more clear. Pass rush, Cornerback, Running Back, Guard, and Defensive Line depth all seem like areas Ted Thompson could target. Here’s my first look at where the Packers could go with their 8 picks:

 

1st Round, Pick 29

OLB TJ Watt – Wisconsin

I am not as big a fan of Watt as many seem to be. I think his tape is very inconsistent. He shows bursts of dominant play, followed by long stretches of mediocrity. He really is still learning the position, and I think his work ethic makes him more desirable to a NFL team than his production. He has the size and strength to hold his position and shed blockers in the run game, and the explosiveness to get to the QB. Being able to get to learn alongside Clay Matthews and Nick Perry should help his development.

 

2nd Round, Pick 61

CB Fabian Moreau – UCLA

Moreau is a converted Running Back, who showed great promise as a CB. He’s got great speed and quickness, but his strength really sets him apart. He is the rare college corner who will factor into the running game immediately, and he has the skillset to develop into a number one corner down the line. The Packers have an affinity for Pac 12 players (and UCLA in particular), and Moreau fits a huge need.

 

3rd Round, Pick 93

WR Cooper Kupp – Eastern Washington

Kupp can line up at any WR position, is a good route runner coming out of college, and catches everything thrown his way. He catches the ball outside his body and possesses strong hands (he mirrored his game after Larry Fitzgerald and it shows). His athleticism has been questioned, but receivers like Kupp have been proving why 40 times don’t always indicate future success of NFL receivers.

 

4th Round, Pick 134

RB Samaje Perine – Oklahoma

Perine is a true power back. He’d be the perfect complement to Ty Montgomery, and would be a great short yardage and goal line back. He is probably limited to running between the tackles, but adds a dimension the offense that they currently lack. As an added bonus, Perine broke Melvin Gordon’s single game rushing yard record as a true freshman running behind Aaron Ripkowski’s blocking.

 

5th Round, Pick 172

Jake Eldrenkamp – Washington

2017 is a weak draft for offensive lineman, but I think Eldrenkamp can be a steal. TJ Lang may be easier to replace than we think because the Packers don’t ask their Guards to pull, so there is less difficulty transitioning to the position out of college. Eldrenkamp brings good athleticism, length, and bend to the position, but needs to put on some more weight and strength. Best case scenario he would be the starting Right Guard, otherwise he could be expected to be a good depth player who would develop into a starting Guard once he adds more functional strength.

 

5th Round, Pick 182

OLB Ejuan Price – Pittsburgh

Price has injury concerns and stands only 5’11”. But he has one thing that will get him drafted in the middle rounds. He is an explosive force as a pass rusher. He’ll bring about Elvis Dumervil comparisons because of the size, but like Dumervil also has the explosiveness to blow by Tackles and the moves to get back inside. He will be limited to a pass rush specialist because he’ll get engulfed in running situations.

 

6th Round, Pick 212

QB Joshua Dobbs – Tennessee

Dobbs has excellent athleticism and delivery of the deep ball. He needs to develop his footwork, but Mike McCarthy could do wonders for Dobbs. The Packers may look to draft a developmental QB to take over the backup position in case Brett Hundley is traded next offseason.

 

7th Round, Pick 247

CB Brian Allen – Utah

Allen is a converted WR who is exceptionally raw in coverage. He is 6’3 with 4.48 speed, but would need a season at the professional level to learn technique and how to tackle.

Andrew Mertig is a a lifelong Packers fan and draft enthusiast. He has covered the NFL draft for radio and television stations in Green Bay. He is currently a writer for PackersTalk.com. You can follow him on Twitter @andrewmertig
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  • Kevin McDonnell

    Rd 1 Gareon Conley – CB – Ohio St
    Rd 2 Demarcus Walker – OLB – Florida St
    Rd 3 Marlon Mack – RB – South Florida
    Rd 4 Vince Biegel – OLB – Wisconsin
    Rd 5 Ethan Cooper – G – IUP
    Rd 5 Shaquil Griffin – CB – Central Florida
    Rd 6 Robert Davis – WR – Georgia St
    Rd 7 Nate Peterman – QB – Pitt

  • SladeBlue

    This mock makes more sense than any others I’ve seen. Nice job.

    • Andrew

      Thank you. You can look forward to hating version 2.0 when I feel obligated to change everything 😉

      • SladeBlue

        That could change … everything! 😮

  • James C. Drumheller III

    I really like this mock draft including Cooper Kupp who could be the steal of the entire draft.

    • Andrew

      I really like Kupp, but I now fear he will be gone by the 3rd. I’m not sure if the Packers can afford to take him in the 2nd with all the defensive needs.

  • robert kohli

    to many converted from one postion to another in this mock packers need players who can play ASAP not groom

  • Tj Coon

    I don’t see him there when draft comes time. Dudes gonna be a frickin manimal! He just started that position! He ain’t got nu mufu celin.

  • James C. Drumheller III

    I love this mock draft. From your lips to Ted’s ears.