The NFL Combine is just 3 days away so it didn’t make sense to do a full 7-round mock. Instead, I decided to make three, 3 round mock drafts addressing what I considered the most serious needs for the upcoming Packers season. These mocks were done on Fanspeak.com using Matt Miller’s big board.
Polite will provide speed and strength at the edge position and is an instant starter on the current roster. Nasir Adderley is no different and could be a ball hawking safety that Matt LaFleur is looking for. Devin Singletary is definitely a surprise pick mostly because Aaron Jones will likely be the featured back. Singletary would offer a lot in the pass game to go along with the run game. If Jones continues to show he can’t stay healthy, this could be an underrated pick. Right guard is a must in the offseason after a rough year from Byron Bell and Co. The Wisconsin product, Deiter, would be a plug and play at RG. This mock leaves WR2 up in the air.
Drafting Devin White with pick 12 would provide an instant starter next to Blake Martinez. White is seen as a “can’t miss” prospect and would provide coverage and speed that is much needed in the linebacker room. Taylor Rapp climbed most boards ahead of many safeties because of his football knowledge and on-field awareness. To be honest, I haven’t watched much tape on Elgton Jenkins but most centers can play guard and since Green Bay doesn’t have a true backup center, Jenkins could fill in both roles. With the third pick, there was no edge defender worth taking so I went with David Edwards from Wisconsin. Edwards could benefit greatly from a year or two behind Bryan Bulaga and would be a solid backup if Bulaga was hurt. Edge would be in desperate need if this was going to happen. Hopefully in this scenarios, Gutenkunst dipped his toes in some free agent EDGE defenders. TE is also ignored in this mock.
Taking Ed Oliver was too hard to pass up. Getting a DL that is so athletic people are talking about moving him to ILB could do wonders for the defense. Especially with Mike Daniels entering the end of his contract. Getting TJ Hockenson at pick 30 is becoming more of a dream than a reality but that is just how the board fell. Hockenson would be able to learn from Jimmy Graham and most likely be a starter by mid-season; especially since he can provide a lot in the blocking game. Florida’s safety, Chauncey Garner-Johnson, is shooting up draft boards and might work his way into the first round if he tests well at the combine. Deandre Walker is another guy that I haven’t watched much film on but since EDGE was ignored with the first 3 picks, it was a must that an EDGE defender was drafted.