Packers: Top 25 big board entering the combine

ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 08: Da'Ron Payne
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6. Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech: Edmunds is very quick for his position and is excellent in coverage for a linebacker. He has a ton of upside for a player that is only 19.

7. Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State: Ward is speedy and really good in man coverage. The Packers need both of those things in their secondary right now. Ward is an underrated tackler in the open field. Even if Ward isn’t ready to play outside he could be a good slot corner from day one.

8. Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia: Smith could immediately step in with Blake Martinez and lead the Packers defense. He was a key cog in the Georgia machine this year and will transition well to NFL.

9. Joshua Jackson, CB, Iowa: Jackson should be ready to play on the outside from day one. He excels in both man and zone coverage. The Packers love Iowa guys and I think Jackson is the favorite to be the Packers first-round pick right now.

10. Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama: Top Alabama receivers usually transition well to the NFL and I think Ridley will continue that tradition. Picking Ridley in the first round would make a ton of sense for Green Bay with Jordy Nelson’s age and Randall Cobb’s contract situation.

11. Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA: Rosen is in my opinion the best quarterback in this class but I don’t think he would be as good of a fit in Green Bay as Darnold would be. He is the most accurate quarterback in this year’s class and the most pro-ready. Would be shocked if he fell out of top five.

12. Vita Vea, Defensive Tackle, Washington: Vea has rare athleticism for a person of his size and it wouldn’t hurt the Packers to draft another defensive lineman to pair with Kenny Clark and Mike Daniels. Would do wonders for the Packers’ run defense. Could slide in as a nose tackle right away.

13. Derwin James, Safety, Florida State: If the Packers bring back Morgan Burnett it wouldn’t make sense to take James but I don’t think they will, and drafting James would allow Mike Pettine to move Josh Jones to middle linebacker and add speed in the secondary.

14. Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame: McGlinchey is an athletic tackle who could immediately slide into the right tackle spot while Bryan Bulaga is out. Notre Dame is one of the best schools in the country at developing offensive linemen and McGlinchey is a great example of this.

15. Marcus Davenport, EDGE, UTSA: Davenport has been mocked to the Packers recently and he would fill a pressing need for the Packers if they picked him. He is good in run support and can get to the quarterback on a regular basis. I would be a little concerned with the competition he faced in college.