Green Bay Packers: 2017 NFL mock draft roundup 2.0
Who could the Green Bay Packers land in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft? It’s time for the second mock draft roundup of the offseason.
Now that free agency has calmed down, the attention turns to next month’s draft. Picking at No. 29, the Green Bay Packers have all sorts of possibilities for their first pick.
I’ve grabbed some of the best mock drafts from around the internet. Here’s who they have the Packers taking in the first round.
Erik Lambert of NFL Mocks: OLB T.J. Watt, Wisconsin
This is a popular pick. The former Wisconsin Badger sits atop the wish list of many Packers fans, and for good reason. Watt would add talent to a pass rush lacking depth.
While he’s not yet the finished product, Watt’s attitude, work ethic and love of the game are all plusses. He’s relentless rushing off the edge and projects as an ideal fit at outside linebacker in a 3-4.
Watt can contribute from day one and help bolster a pass rush in need of a jolt. Re-signing Nick Perry was priority number one. Watt would be the perfect partner.
NFL.com mock drafts
Daniel Jeremiah: DE Taco Charlton, Michigan
Charley Casserly: OLB T.J. Watt, Wisconsin
Bucky Brooks: RB Christian McCaffrey, Stanford
Chad Reuter: OG Forrest Lamb, Western Kentucky
Watt’s name comes up again here courtesy of NFL.com’s Charley Casserly. The other analysts went in other directions, though.
Daniel Jeremiah agrees a pass rusher might be the way the Packers go in the first round. Jeremiah believes Taco Charlton has the potential to “develop into a double-digit sack artist at the next level”, as you can read in his full analysis.
The other two picks are on offense. The idea of plugging Christian McCaffrey into the Packers’ explosive offense would be exciting. While many don’t agree with using the first pick on a running back, especially given the needs on defense, the draft is all about adding talent. McCaffrey would be a great fit in Green Bay.
If they decide to add a replacement for T.J. Lang, Forrest Lamp might be the choice.
Jared Dubin of CBSSports.com: OG Forrest Lamp, Western Kentucky
And Lamp’s name comes up again here in Jared Dubin’s mock draft. The idea is simple: Lang’s departure leaves a major hole at the right guard position. The Packers will need to find a replacement from somewhere, and Lamp could start right away.
Charlie Campbell of WalterFootball.com: CB Kevin King, Washington
Strangely enough, this is the first cornerback taken in the entire mock draft roundup. It’s the Packers’ biggest need entering the draft, but fortunately it’s also one of the deepest positions at next month’s event.
What stands out the most about King is his size. He towers at 6-foot-3, but what might intrigue the Packers most is his speed. Losing Sam Shields is a blow for the secondary, and they now need to get faster.
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