This mock draft was done on the fanspeak website using Matt Miller’s newest big board.
First round: OT Jonah Williams & OLB Jachai Polite
I took a chance by passing on the edge position and taking Jonah Williams from Alabama with the first selection. Williams is arguably the best run and pass blocking offensive tackle in the draft. He would be a plug-and-play if the Packers decided to move on from current right tackle, Bryan Bulaga.
With the second pick in the first round, Jachai Polite was the last edge rusher available that I believed was worth a first round pick. The outside linebacker out of Florida is an instant upgrade over any edge rusher currently on the team. Yes, even better than Kyler Fackrell. He plays with a ton of speed and can also overpower opposing tackles.
Second round: WR N’Keal Harris
Having filled two of the biggest needs, I was able to grab Davante Adams a partner in crime by drafting 6’4″ WR, N’Keal Harris from Arizona State. Brian Gutekunst landed two nice receivers late in last years draft with Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Equanimeous St. Brown. Investing another high end pick like Ted Thompson did with Davante Adams, Jordy Nelson, and Greg Jennings will pay dividends now as well as in the post-Rodgers era.
Third round: OG Michael Deiter
Lane Taylor took a step back last year, Justin McCray couldn’t get the job done, Byron Bell was Andy Herman’s lowest graded player on the Packers and Cole Madison may never play football again. After years of having Josh Sitton and TJ Lang at left and right guard, it’s time to reinvest in the position. Michael Deiter, the Big-Ten offensive lineman of the year from Wisconsin, is another plug-and-play offensive lineman that is worth the pick here.
Fourth round: TE Zach Gentry & S Marvell Tell
With McCarthy out and LaFleur in, it is a no brainer that the TE position will be used differently as well as more effectively. I went with Michigan TE Zach Gentry who stands at 6’8″. He is a serviceable blocker and with his massive height, can be an easy target to find in the red zone. Back in 2016, former teammate and current NFL TE, Jake Butt, had this to say about Gentry:
If Gentry is still running close to that speed, at his current weight, he may rise up the draft boards.
Because of the focus on offensive line, I missed out on the top talent at safety. Marvell Tell from USC is still better than most of what Green Bay currently has at safety. I also expect Gutekunst to make a run at one, if not two, free agent safeties, so no need to panic here.
Fifth-seventh round: ILB Te’von Coney, CB Justin Layne, RB Myles Gaskin, & DE LJ Collier
Te’von Coney out of Notre Dame was seen as a first round pick heading into the season. While he has fallen off, he is still an athletic ILB with good ball skills.
Michigan State’s Justin Layne is a lengthy wide receiver turned corner. I like his potential here in the sixth round.
Running back Myles Gaskin from Washington would be the perfect fit to go with Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams.
A team can never have enough players in the trenches. LJ Collier is another player with a lot of upside and pass rush ability.