The NFL draft is vastly approaching and the Green Bay Packers have some holes to fill. They already added some solid signings in free agency, 2 edge rushers, 1 safety, and an offensive lineman. These moves free up Gutenkunst from drafting for need, instead he will be able to draft best talent available. Let’s dive into this mock draft and see who we’d taken. You also can do your own mock draft by visiting thedraftnetwork.com
With the first pick I have the Packers taking interior defensive lineman Ed Oliver out of Houston, weighing in at 287 pounds and standing at 6’2”. With the addition of 2 edge rushers in free agency, plugging in Oliver into the line with Clark and Daniels would be very scary for opposing offensive lines. Ed Oliver’s ability to penetrate with quickness off the snap and utilize his hands to play through contact makes him an ideal fit as a three-technique in a 4-3 alignment. While he lacks size, Oliver plays with tremendous leverage and offers the play strength needed to exchange power on the interior. By year three, Oliver has the upside to become one of the NFL’s premier defensive playmakers against the run and pass.
With the Packers 2nd pick in the first round I have them take tight end TJ Hockenson out of Iowa. Standing at 6’5” and weighing in at 243 pounds, this guy can do it all from running great routes to blocking his ass off. Hockenson is terrifically balanced as a football player and it doesn’t take more than a few reps to know he’s an immediate starter at the NFL level with scheme diversity. The challenge for Hockenson’s tape? Listing a weakness. Hockenson is comfortable in any number of roles, giving comfort that he’ll be fine in west coast offenses or vertical passing offenses alike. He’s a scheme transcendent prospect. The Packers need to draft a tight end this year, might as well get the best one if he’s there at pick 30.
With the 44th pick in the 2nd round I have the Packers taking Chase Winovich out of Michigan. Standing at 6’3” and weighing 253 pounds this kid is better than everyone thinks he is, good bend, good size, good technique, and an INSANE motor that doesn’t stop. With some good NFL coaching he can be a great pass rusher in the league. Chase is a great example of an overachiever, he is a highly polished defender who illustrates a great understanding of the game and how to defeat blocks. The dude plays every snap like it could be his last. What makes him such an intriguing prospect is that he blends a hot motor with outstanding hand usage, processing skills and play strength which gives him playmaking upside against the run and pass.
With the 75th pick in the 3rd round I have the Packers selecting offensive tackle Michael Deiter out of Wisconsin. Standing at 6’4” and weighing 304 pounds might need to develop for one year and hopefully become a full time starter next season. Michael Deiter is a scheme diverse prospect who will bring a diverse set of tools to whichever NFL franchise drafts him. Deiter has excellent mobility and his play in space allows him to be a lead blocker on boundary plays and screens. Deiter has the needed anchor and mass to hold his ground in one on one situations and has the lateral mobility to be an effective interior pass protector, despite a lack of length to consistently land strikes first against defenders.