All of the Packers needs are addressed in this official seven-round mock draft. GM Brian Gutekunst has less than a month to weigh his options on who to select with the 14th pick. His first-round selection will be a huge decision as it will directly impact the decisions that follow. If he selects an edge rusher he may have to use back to back picks on the secondary. If he selects a corner at 14, it will show the Packers are somewhat satisfied with the current outlook of their pass rush.
The signing of Muhammad Wilkerson will provide an instant boost to an already dominant defensive front. Wilkerson is only three years removed from totaling 12.5 sacks in one season. This potential, accompanied by a dynamic group of outside linebackers, are the reasons I believe the Packers will select a corner in the first round.
Round 1, 14th Overall- CB Josh Jackson, Iowa
The NCAA’s 2017 leader in interceptions is headed to Green Bay with the 14th pick. Jackson posted pedestrian numbers at the combine, but he made up for it at Iowa’s pro day running his 40-yard dash in the 4.4s. Jackson will be a day-one starter on the outside opposite of Kevin King.
Round 2, 45th Overall- WR DJ Moore, Maryland
All the film I’ve watched on Moore shows a player ready to contribute right away in the NFL. As soon as this he sets foot in Lambeau he would become Aaron Rodgers second best option on the outside. Moore is a great pass-catcher with the frame of a running back. His skills after the catch remind me of the impression Randall Cobb made in his first couple years. A trait of Cobb’s that has become dormant recently.
Round 3, 76th Overall- OL Braden Smith, Auburn
Smith is a bear of a man who played both guard and tackle for the Tigers. Even at 6’6” 300 pounds, Smith has the knee bend to play inside in the NFL. His power is shown on tape, but he tends to drop his eyes, giving him a low awareness grade. Smith has starter potential, but on more urgent notice he would be a nice stop-gap lineman at right guard or tackle for the Packers.
Round 4, 101st Overall- DE Duke Ejiofor, Wake Forest
The Wake Forest defensive end has the production (24 career sacks) of an early round pick, but his athleticism leaves something to be desired. He possesses violent hands, however, he struggles to gain an early advantage getting off the ball.
Round 4, 133rd Overall- S Siran Neal, Jacksonville State
This AA product played linebacker, safety, and corner for the Gamecocks. Neal would provide an instant boost to special teams and also be able to fill in as a box safety. The Packers lost their do it all defender Morgan Burnett and Neal mirrors that versatility.
Round 5, 138th Overall- TE Chris Herndon, Miami
Herndon was the second leading receiver for the Hurricanes before tearing his MCL late in the season. He’s a flexible tight end that can play in the slot and put his hand in the dirt. Herndon is a worthy blocker and if he adds play strength it may lead to a nice career.
Round 5, 172nd Overall- CB Darius Phillips, Western Michigan
The Packers add another ball hawk late in the draft. Phillips has a weak frame, but his ball skills are coachable as he’s totaled 12 career interceptions. He also has experience as a special teamer including six touchdowns as a returner.
Round 5, 174th Overall- OL Cole Madison, Washington State
Like Smith, Madison can fill in at both guard and tackle. He showed great athleticism playing tackle at Washington State but may have a longer career playing on the inside. You can never have enough depth on the offensive line in the NFL.
Round 6, 207th Overall- LB Micah Kiser, Virginia
Green Bay goes for another player out of the ACC in the sixth round. Kiser was a three-year starter on the Cavaliers defense where he was voted a third-team AP All-American. He probably won’t turn into a sideline to sideline playmaker, but his production in college was impressive (408 career tackles).
Round 7, 232nd Overall- Edge Ja’von Rolland Jones, Arkansas State
Rolland-Jones is a two-time conference player of the year in the Sun Belt. Scouts believe his size (6’2” 245 pounds) will be an issue on the next level and his numbers deserve a question mark as well due to the competition he faced.
Round 7, 239th Overall- S Natrell Jamerson, Wisconsin
The former receiver turned corner believes he’s found his home at safety. The badger stays local as the Packers use their last pick to address the secondary once again. Jamerson is a special team’s ace who can compete for a job as a reserve safety.
___________________Brandon Carwile was a Cheesehead at birth. His dad grew up attending games at Lambeau and passed on the legacy. Brandon graduated from Longwood University in 2016 with a degree in mass media. He has covered the Packers for over two years and currently works with packerstalk.com. Find him on twitter at @PackerScribe.