Packers 7-round mock draft 2018: Defense is the focus

KNOXVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 30: Lorenzo Carter
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Round 4: Hayden Hurst, TE, South Carolina (6-5, 253)

Hurst is a smart, reliable, and athletic receiving target over the middle of the field. He was highly productive as a two-year starter in the Gamecocks offense, recording 92 receptions for 1,175 yards and three touchdowns.

The 24-year-old tight end has sure hands, runs clean routes, and has a knack for getting open behind the second level of the defense. Hurst would give the Packers a player that could compete for a starting job in camp.

They’re certainly going to need to address the tight end position in the draft. The experiment with Martellus Bennett didn’t work out and Richard Rodgers is set to hit free agency, which just leaves Lance Kendricks on the roster.

Round 5: Quenton Meeks, CB, Stanford (6-2, 205)

With their first of four fifth-round picks the Packers continue bolstering their secondary by adding Meeks to their cornerback group.

The Packers have been embarrassingly thin at defensive back the past two seasons, and even though youngsters Kevin King and Damarious Randall show some promise, Green Bay needs more youth and competition at the position.

Having already nabbed Davis in the third round, the Packers get another big physical corner here just two rounds later. Meeks has all of the physical tools to play the position well in the NFL. However, a quiet 2017 season at Stanford could cause him to slip to the fifth round.