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 I have selected. You also can do your own mock draft by visiting thedraftnetwork.com
With the 12th pick in the 2019 NFL draft I have the Packers selecting Edge rusher Brian Burns out of Florida State. Burns is a more versatile defender than he is often credited for. He can win from a three-point or stand-up position with playmaking ability against the run, in coverage and attacking the quarterback. His blend of length, flexibility, technical refinement, football IQ and burst serve as a strong foundation for him to become a dynamic playmaking defender in the NFL. Even tho the Packers secured 2 edge rushers in free agency, you can never have enough, and Burns may perhaps be the most talented one on the team.
With the 30th pick in the draft I have the Packers using their 2nd pick in the 1st round on wide receiver A.J Brown out of Ole Miss. Brown projects as a powerful slot receiver who can be leaned on as a chain moving target in the middle of the field. Brown doesn’t have the short area quickness to play in more leveraged situations on the boundary, but his hands, contested catch ability and run after catch strength can shine brightly if he’s implemented between the numbers with consistency.
With the the 44th pick in the 2nd round I have the Packers taking offensive lineman Chris Lindstrom out of Boston College. He has no major flaws in his game, is extremely consistent in his approach and has the experience needed to make an easy transition to the NFL. Few guards offer his combination of size, movement skills and technique, as Lindstrom rarely loses any 1v1 battles and consistently creates movement in the run game. He may not be an elite prospect, but Lindstrom looks like an immediate starter with enough scheme versatility to work for almost any NFL team. Look for Packers newly acquired OL Billy Turner to start at one of the guard positions, and Lindstrom would start at the other.
With the 75th pick in the 3rd round I have the Packers taking safety Darnell Savage out of Maryland. A four-year starter for the Terps, Savage features a versatile skill set with an outstanding athletic profile. Not only is Savage a physical defender in pursuit and when tackling, but he’s sticky in coverage with excellent ball skills. He takes precise angles to the football, has outstanding range and is a clean processor overall. Savage profiles as an eventual starter that is maximized defending split zone while providing a tone-setting presence to the secondary. Savage would instantly upgrade our safety position, and start opposite Adrian Amos.