The NFL draft is almost here, and before it begins on Thursday, this will be my final mock draft for the Green Bay Packers.
It has been an active offseason for the Green Bay Packers up to this point, from overhauling the coaching staff, to making a few splash free agency signings, but now it is almost time for the draft.
Even with the four free agency signings, there is still work to be done on this roster and with four picks in the top 100 and ten overall, Green Bay is in a great position to add immediate impact players, as well as some developmental talent for the upcoming years.
Utilizing The Draft Network’s mock draft machine, I ran my final mock of the 2019 offseason. In making my decisions, I took into account the best player available at that time, as well as what I value as positional needs. Overall, I was quite happy with how this turned out and feel that a number of the selections will step in and make an impact right away.
Now for the final time, the Green Bay Packers are on the clock!
Pick 12: Ed Oliver, IDL – Houston
Notable players available: Brian Burns, Devin Bush, Andre Dillard
For me, this was a simple selection, Oliver was my highest rated player on the board at this point. He is an incredible athlete that is explosive off of the snap but will also beat defenders with his brute strength.
In today’s NFL where the quick passing game is taking over on offense, creating pressure up the middle is a must and with Oliver accompanying Mike Daniels and Kenny Clark, Green Bay would wreak havoc up the middle.
Pick 30: A.J. Brown, WR – Ole Miss
Notable players available: Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, Nasir Adderley, Noah Fant
When it comes to taking a receiver in this year’s draft, I was either going to do it fairly early or not at all. I don’t see the need in selecting another developmental prospect in the later rounds.
Brown is a very good route runner and has the versatility to be a big slot target for Aaron Rodgers and can play out wide as well, which is a skill set Green Bay loves to have at their disposal. While I expect a big jump from last year’s rookies, the Packers need a receiver who can step in right away to make an impact and Brown is that guy.
Pick 44: Chris Lindstrom, IOL – Boston College
Notable players available: Jeffrey Simmons, Deebo Samuel, Chauncey Gardner-Johnson
I don’t like feeling that I have to select a certain position at a particular point, but I was really hoping that it would work out that I could get an offensive lineman in rounds one or two. On paper, the current starting five looks very good, but I have concerns.
Lindstrom is another versatile player that can play either guard position and he even played some tackle in college. He tested very well at the combine and is an all-around solid player with few flaws. Two words that have been used frequently to describe Lindstrom are “reliable” and “consistent”, which is exactly what I want in my offensive lineman.
Pick 75: Juan Thornhill, S – Virginia
Notable players available: Andy Isabella, Amani Hooker, David Edwards
I decided to hold off on safety until round three, because I don’t see a huge difference between these prospects and players like Nasir Adderley and Chauncey Gardner-Johnson. Even with the signing of Adrian Amos, the safety position still needs some help. Josh Jones can’t be relied on in coverage and Raven Greene is still an unknown.
Thornhill is another player who tested incredibly well at the combine and I love his versatility. In college he played both safety and corner, which Mike Pettine will love to have at his disposal as Thornhill can play in a number of coverage techniques.
Pick 114: David Montgomery, RB – Iowa St.
Notable players available: Khalen Saunders, Kahale Warring
It wasn’t my intention to take a running back in the draft, or if I did it would be later on, but I couldn’t pass up Montgomery in round four. In Matt LaFleur’s offense, we will see the running backs utilized much more and in a variety of ways. Jamaal Williams and Aaron Jones are fantastic options, but depth is needed.
Montgomery was a dominant runner of the football at Iowa State, as well as a reliable pass catcher with very good hands out of the backfield and is a solid blocker in pass protection. He is a running back that can be utilized on all three downs.
Pick 118: Josh Oliver, TE – San Jose St.
Notable players: Kahale Warring, Trysten Hill
As you’ve probably noticed, I have waited on taking a tight end. In LaFleur’s offense the tight end will play a much bigger role than it has in previous years in Green Bay, but what LaFleur does so well is scheme them open. Of course, having a player like Noah Fant or T.J. Hockenson would be helpful, but that kind of talent and athelticism isn’t necessary to be a successful tight end in this system.
What I loved about Oliver’s game is that he is a very good pass catcher and LaFleur will be able to line him up just about anywhere in the formation. At San Jose State, Oliver was lined up out wide, in the slot and in-line. That versatility is exactly what Green Bay wants in a tight end.
Pick 150: Emeke Egbule, LB – Houston
To solidify the front seven, the Green Bay Packers need to find some help at inside linebacker. Outside of Blake Martinez, the position is a big question mark. Egbule will need to develop, but he can be a legitimate coverage option at off-ball linebacker. He’s a very good athlete that works well in space and has the ability to play man or zone coverage.
Pick 185: Tommy Sweeney, TE – Boston College
I thought it was important to take another tight end, given that none of the current options on the roster are guaranteed to be under contract in 2020. Sweeney isn’t going to overwhelm anyone with his athleticism, but he is reliable. In college, he didn’t run any complicated routes, but was very good in what he did run and can be a weapon in short yardage situations. As a blocker he is excellent in both pass protection and in the running game.
Pick 194: Isaiah Prince, OT – Ohio St.
Like tight end, I wanted to find another option at offensive line as well. Even with all the changes that have taken place, this Packers team will only go as far as Aaron Rodgers takes them. So adding competition and depth to the offensive line is never a bad thing. Prince has the length and athleticism that you want in your tackle but is still a bit raw and will need to develop. However, the potential is defenitley there.
Pick 226: Savion Smith, CB – Alabama
In round seven it is about taking a swing and hoping you hit a home run. With Smith, I think that potential is there. Green Bay has a very solid young core at cornerback but injuries remain a concern. Smith is an aggressive player and a very good tackler that could make an early impact in Green Bay, given his experience in Alabama’s complex defensive scheme.