The Packers have made a number of moves so far this offseason, with the most impactful being the decision to bring Aaron Jones back. In previous mock drafts I had the Packers addressing the RB position because of the assumed departure of Jones and Jamaal Williams. Now the Packers have arguably the best RB-duo in the league for the foreseeable future.
The Packers decision to retain Preston Smith has given the impression that the Packers believe the defense has the talent to dominate given a new coordinator. The Packers have also tendered Robert Tonyan and Chandon Sullivan, but I still believe those are two positions the Packers need depth. With that in mind, this draft tries to add depth and youth to an experienced and successful offense.
Round 1, Pick 29: OT Alex Leatherwood, Alabama
Alex Leatherwood is one of the best tackle prospects in the draft. His steady play and overall stature project him to be a starting tackle in the NFL for a long time. His impact could be immediate, but I expect the Packers to once again use their first-round pick to add depth to a key position.
Round 2, Pick 62: CB Elijah Molden, Washington
Elijah Molden is a smooth cornerback would has the ability to grow into a lockdown boundary corner. However, his immediate impact would be as a slot corner. His school reminds you of Kevin King, but his skill and size reminds you of Jaire Alexander. Molden has a bright future in the NFL ahead of him, let’s hope it is in the Green and Gold.
Round 3, Pick 92: WR Dyami Brown, North Carolina
The Packers have a majority of their current WRs contracts expiring after the season so Brown is a piece for the future. His explosiveness has scouts salivating but their is still plenty of work to be done. Critics like to give Green Bay’s WR a ton of the blame, but in reality the organization has done a good job developing talent. Brown could be another on that list.
Round 3, Pick 100: TE Tommy Tremble, Notre Dame
Trade alert! I used two fourth rounders to trade up because I love Tommy Tremble. People say he has a long way to go in the passing game. I say give Matt Lafleur a 6’4 guy who can block, and he will give you an offensive weapon. His blocking prowess alone makes him worthy addition to Green Bay’s offense.
Round 5, Pick 177: CB Kary Vincent Jr., LSU
Vincent has been a late-round flier I have loved since the beginning of draft season. He doesn’t project to be a star in the league, but his experience as a 4-year starter at LSU gives him a step above the rest of the CBs at this point in the draft.
Round 6, Pick 212: LB Paddy Fisher, Northwestern
Round 6, Pick 218: LB Tuf Borland, Ohio State
Green Bay’s special teams are horrendous. Enter: Paddy Fisher and Tuf Borland. Maybe it is just my bias as a Big Ten Alum, but these guys are the type of players you want on your roster. Let these guys grow on special teams and see what happens. Late value for smart, tough football players.
Round 7, Pick 254: OG Tommy Kraemer, Notre Dame
Nobody turns late-round OLs into serviceable players quite like the Green Bay Packers. Kraemer can be dominate in the run game, but his pass blocking needs serious work. But the talent is there.——————
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