Analyzing Green Bay’s possible offseason moves becomes easier now that the salary gap and compensatory picks have been released. With the three extra picks, the Packers have the ammo to move at will around the draft.
GM Brian Gutekunst has made a trade on the first day of the draft every year he has been in charge. However, in this mock draft, a star fell to the Packers in the first round so a trade wasn’t necessary. However, in the 2nd round, I decided to trade up 11 picks to draft Kevin King’s replacement and Jaire Alexander’s new wingman.
Round 1, Pick 29: WR Kadarius Toney, Florida
This would be a dream scenario. It is very unlikely that Toney falls to the Packers at 29, but if he does it would be a no-brainer move. Toney’s speed and agility make him a top offensive prospect in this years draft, and a perfect fit for Lafleur’s offense. Toney would immediately take over the role that Tyler Ervin and Tavon Austin have tried to fill for the Packers, with a great chance at developing into a deadly slot man, ala Randall Cobb.
Round 2, Pick 51: CB Greg Newsome II, Northwestern
Newsome has been on my radar for a long time. His size and discipline make him an ideal prospect for the Packers, but his dominance in the explosively-lacking BIG10 left questions about how difficult his transition to the NFL would be. However, Newsome silenced the doubters (myself included) with this ELITE 40-yard dash — 4.31. His combine numbers might propel him into a first-round prospect so getting him at 51 overall is the second steal of this draft.
Round 3, Pick 92: OC Quinn Meinerz, Wiconsin-Whitewater
With Corey Linsley likely getting the bag in free agency, and Elgton Jenkins having to replace David Bakhtiari to start the season, Green Bay’s offensive line appears to be weakened. The trio of linemen taking in 2020 will have an opportunity to step up, but the Packers have to add depth. Meinerz could leapfrog all of the linemen taking last year if his transition to the NFL goes smoothly. This may be a reach, but this kid screams Green Bay Packer and we needed to get him into the Green and Gold.
Round 4, Pick 135: EDGE Chauncey Golston, Iowa
Joe Barry said that the most important thing for a defense in pass rush and DB play. Well, with the addition of Newsome to the ascending trio of Savage, Alexander and Amos the DB play will be there, but what about that pass rush? What was so dominant in 2019, really took a massive hit in 2020. The main culprit was the lack of pressures from Preston Smith. Even if Smith survives cap cuts, the Packers need to add depth to the pass rush. Golston is a little old to be a ‘prospect’, but his experience makes him a great depth candidate. Another intriguing aspect of Golston’s game is his length to disrupt the pass game. Packer fans never want to see number 91 in coverage ever again, should be cheering for the Packers to take a mid-round flier on Golston. He had 12 sacks, three interceptions and seven pass deflections in his three years as a starter at Iowa.
Round 4, Pick 142: CB Kary Vincent Jr., LSU
Vincent’s stock has been tarnished by LSU’s poor play in 2020. But, don’t let last year cloud the fact that this kid has been grinding it out for three years against some of the best WRs currently in the NFL. Vincent belongs in the NFL, and I think could develop into a ball-hawking weapon.
Round 5, Pick 177: RB Jermar Jefferson, Oregon State
Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams are likely gone. AJ Dillon is certainly more than capable of taking over the bulk of the duties left by the fan-favorites, but the NFL is ruled by RB by committee. Jefferson provides lighting to Dillon’s thunder, and he would be a perfect fit in Green Bay’s running game.
Round 6, Pick 212: RB Jake Funk, Maryland
While Jefferson could provide a spark to the Packers running game, Funk is the guy who will mop up the dirty work. Funk is willing to pass block and play special teams, and eventually that’ll earn him some more work. While he isn’t a dynamic athlete, Funk is still a very capable with the ball in his hands. The dream for Funk would to develop into a Rex Burkhead type player.
Round 7, Pick 254: OT Cole Van Lanen, Wisconsin
Hometown pride. Van Lanen is on the cusp of being drafted, but the Packers have a knack for developing late round linemen into future Pro-Bowlers.——————
Kirien is a big fan of the Packers, Beer, and Battlestar Galactica. You can follow him on twitter at @KirienSprecher.