This is the first of a seven-part series. We begin the Lombardi Ave Packers mock draft with the writers’ first-round selections.
We are under two weeks away from the 2016 NFL Draft, which signals the start of the Lombardi Ave roundtable mock draft. Between now and draft night, six writers will be predicting the Packers’ picks in each of the seven rounds.
Entering the offseason, Green Bay had needs at tight end, inside linebacker and defensive tackle. Jared Cook’s signing in free agency helps fix the need at tight end, but it will still likely be on general manager Ted Thompson’s to-do list at some point. B.J. Raji’s retirement from football and Mike Pennel’s four-game suspension has increased the urgency along the defensive line.
If there’s one thing we’ve learned with Thompson’s drafts, it’s that he’s predictably unpredictable. Judging by Ted’s standards, the Packers’ pick will blindside everyone as nobody will see it coming. Oftentimes however — as with Damarious Randall a year ago — he gets it right.
Interestingly, all six of the picks made by the staff are different, highlighting the various options Thompson will have on day one. Let’s begin with Lombardi Ave co-editor Ray Rivard.
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