Thankfully in these uncertain times, NFL Free Agency has given football fans something to cheer for. For a second straight year, Packers General Manager Brian Gutekunst has been active in filling holes on his teams roster. However, the NFL Draft remains the Green Bay Packers best hope in adding talent for the 2020 season.
With the additions of linebacker Christian Kirksey, and right tackle Rick Wagner, at low-cost, the Packers have set themselves up to be fluid in the 2020 NFL Draft. Green Bay is perpetually in “win-now mode” with Aaron Rodgers aging. Thus, every move must be made with an eye towards Super Bowl LV in Tampa. This mock draft aims to reload the Green and Gold for another deep postseason run.
Round 1: Thankfully, the Kirksey signing should finally put to rest any notion of the Packers selecting an off-ball linebacker in the first round. Green Bay clearly doesn’t value the position in the draft. Wagner is an excellent stop gap option at the tackle position. However, were injury to befall the Wisconsin product, or All-Pro David Bahktiari, the team would be in rough shape. Thus the selection of a high upside pass protector, with perhaps the smoothest kick slide in the draft. OT Josh Jones, Houston
Round 2: Speed and after the catch skills are sorely needed in the Packers receiving room. For years, the team dominated defenses with talented wideouts who racked up yards after the catch. Brandon Aiyuk is Randall Cobb’s successor, with better size and unreal hands. WR Brandon Aiyuk, Arizona State
Round 3: The most glaring hole on this roster is along the defensive line. Kenny Clark needs help. Green Bay gave up far too many easy rushing yards down the stretch last year. Enter Missouri defensive tackle Jordan Elliott. Seen by many as one of the top defensive lineman in the draft, Elliott’s first step quickness in unbelievable for a man of his size. His stout anchoring ability at the point of attack is sorely needed on the Packers roster. DT Jordan Elliott, Missouri
Round 4: Shifty slot receivers with the ability to destroy defenses after the catch are all the rage in the modern NFL. Here the Packers add to their weapon closet. WR Devin Duvernay, Texas
Round 5: Cornerback Tramon Williams remains unsigned to this point. This makes the “nickel” defender position an area of need on Green Bay’s roster. Fortunately, the Packers can simply head back to Maryland to pair Darnell Savage with his college teammate, Antoine Brooks Jr. Brooks has all the skills needed to be a game changing player in the NFL. He truly can do it all. A versatile run defender and effective blitzer, he also shows the instincts and change of direction skills to cover receivers in the slot. S Antoine Brooks Jr, Maryland
Round 6, Pick 192: Jauan Jennings, WR, Tennessee: big time player, getting him this late is highway robbery. Possession type receiver, with the length and strength to be an excellent chain mover.
Round 6, Pick 208: Reggie Robinson, CB, Tulsa: one of the biggest winners of the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine. Robinson is an explosive athlete with the ability to be a contributor on the outside at the next level.
Round 6, Pick 209: Scott Frantz, OT, Kansas State: incredibly athletic tackle who effortlessly climbs to the second level. Perfect for Matt Lafleur’s zone scheme.
Round 7, Pick 236: Mitchell Wilcox, TE, USF: has the speed to stretch defenses down the seam and could develop into another weapon for Aaron Rodgers.
Round 7, Pick 242: Reggie Floyd, S, Virginia Tech: Hybrid safety in the mould of Ibraheim Campbell. Another box defender for Mike Pettine to play with.Nick is a lifelong Packers fan. 4th and 26 was on his 13th birthday, unlucky. Follow him @CANDRAFTGEEK647 on Twitter for all your Packers draft needs and questions.