As the clock winds down on the 2018 NFL Draft, I’m running my third and final mock draft. I ran this mock draft simulation on Fanspeak.com using Matt Miller’s Big Board with trades.
1st – 14: EDGE Harold Landry, Boston College
I haven’t been a huge fan of Landry during the draft process so far. But his physical talent is undeniable. The Eagles proved that you can never have enough pass rushers, and Landry will immediately be a factor in the rotation. He will need some time to develop pass rush moves, but he has the speed, quickness, and bend to get around pass rushers immediately, and once he learns a counter, will become a nightmare for Quarterbacks.
2nd – 13: CB Isaiah Oliver, Colorado
Oliver has great size and speed, but lacks toughness at times. Darrelle Revis had a bunch of success playing for Mike Pettine without being super physical, and Kevin King and Oliver will be given a lot of opportunities to blanket receivers across the league.
3rd – 12: OT Brian O’Neill, Pittsburgh
O’Neill has great size and the athleticism the Packers value in Tackles. He’d provide depth for the inevitable Bryan Bulaga injury, and can step into his place in 2019.
4th – 1: WR Dante Pettis, Washington
Pettis is one of the best punt returners in the nation, despite not having elite speed. He runs good routes, and just finds ways to get open. He’ll need to develop strength and show Aaron Rodgers he can be trusted. The Packers need to add some youth and depth at Wide Receiver if Michael Clark and Geronimo Allison don’t develop into productive players.
TRADE – Packers trade 4-33 and 5-37 to Cowboys for 4-16
4th – 16: EDGE Lorenzo Carter, Georgia
Carter likely will be gone much early than this in the draft, but there are very mixed reviews on him because of his relative lack of production at Georgia. He’s a tremendous athlete, and with some increased technique (and possibly motivation) could be a tremendous pass rusher who can drop in space. At this point, it was a no brainer to use some of the draft capital the Packers have accumulated to get Carter.
5th – 1: LB Fred Warner, BYU
Warner would be a great fit as a 3rd down Linebacker next to Josh Jones. At a minimum, he will be a phenomenal Special Teams player. However, he could turn into a Deone Bucannon-type weapon that opposing offenses have to account for in passing situations.
5th – 35: C William Clapp, LSU
Clapp can play both Center and Guard. He is solid at every aspect of the game (which also means he’s not spectacular at any of them). He’ll be an option at Right Guard. However, if Justin McCray eventually wins the job, Clapp would be a fantastic backup option because of his versatility and reliability.
6th – 12: CB Tavarus McFadden, Florida State
McFadden is a long corner who showed tremendous ball skills early in his college career. He ran a very poor 40 yard dash (4.67), which will probably cause him to slide, but he has the raw skills to be a contributor with some developmental time.
6th – 33: TE Troy Fumagalli, Wisconsin
Fumagalli is one of the few Tight Ends entering the draft who has experience as an in-line blocker. Because of his lack of size, he’s more of an effort blocker than a physically imposing one. He proved he can make catches when contested, which also shows he couldn’t gain separation against college competition. He should be a solid number two TE if he can demonstrate Special Teams value.
7th – 14: DL Poona Ford, Texas
The Packers have had success with shorter d-linemen (Mike Daniels), and Ford fits the bill at 5’11. He’s an absolute load in the trenches and will help keep o-lines off of the Linebackers in the run game. And if you need a guy to get low in the Red Zone, Poona is your guy.
7th – 21: CB D’Montre Wade, Murray State
Wade is a converted Running Back who has solid size and speed. He really needs a year to develop his technique, but has the raw tools to make an impact after a season on the Practice Squad.
Make sure to check PackersTalk.com after each Green Bay selection for breakdown of the newest Packers.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 host of the Pack-A-Day podcast and a writer for PackersTalk.com. You can follow him on Twitter @andrewmertig