2018 NFL 2-round mock draft: Packers address defense

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47. If Vander Esch lasts this long, the Patriots would get a steal. The former Boise State linebacker is a ridiculous athlete with tremendous instincts and motor. He could play any linebacker spot in New England’s defense. — Dan. Linebacker. Boise State. Leighton Vander Esch. 43. player

49. The Packers got a difference maker at inside linebacker with Smith in the first round. However, his former Georgia teammate could also bring a lot to their defense, and here they get a steal by nabbing him in the middle of the second round. Carter is a an explosive athlete who excels at rushing the passer from a two-point stance. His long 6-foot-6 and 250-pound frame and quick burst aid him in winning on the edge. He’s a player who is just brushing the surface of his athletic potential and could be a big-time player for their defense in the future. — Dan. Edge Rusher. Georgia. Lorenzo Carter. 45. player

The Packers need help slowing down the pass. They could get this help from a pass rush, so Lorenzo Carter is a great pick. But if they were to try to solve this problem with better corners, Carlton Davis would be a good alternate pick in the second round. He’s proven and experienced against top competition and has the size and length the Packers like at the position. — Kyle. Cornerback. Auburn. Alternate - Carlton Davis. 45. player. 49

46. player. 56. The Bengals will need to reload at TE after Eifert leaves this offseason. Dallas Goedert might have come off the board earlier if he played against tougher competition. He’s a huge target for Dalton. — Kyle. Tight End. South Dakota State. Dallas Goedert

player. 32. Arizona needs to secure the future of the quarterback position. Despite any veteran talent they bring in during free agency, selecting a player like Rudolph would be wise. The former Oklahoma State quarterback has a strong arm and could really develop in their system. — Dan. Quarterback. Oklahoma State. Mason Rudolph. 47

DeShon Elliott. 48. player. 13. DeShon Elliot is one of my favorite players to watch in this draft. He’s fast. He’s strong. He hits. And he’s quick to diagnose. He might be limited to a box safety role, but he’s really good at what he does. — Kyle. Safety. Texas

DJ Moore. 49. player. 30. Moore has speed, strong hands, and can make defenders miss after the catch. He could quickly become receiver No. 1 in the Jets’ offense. — Dan. Wide Receiver. Maryland

Tight End. South Carolina. Hayden Hurst. 50. player. 123. Jason Witten is old. At some point the Cowboys need to inject some youth into that offense and give Prescott some weapons. Hayden Hurst might be the best TE in the draft, but he’ll be 25 years old when the season starts. — Kyle

Nwosu is a versatile linebacker who could fill multiple roles in the Lions defense. Not only would he be active against the run on early downs, but he could also rush off the edge in passing situations. — Dan. Outside Linebacker. USC. Uchenna Nwosu. 51. player. 50

26. Christian Kirk’s stock is all over the map. He wins with quickness more than speed, so people are curious about what he’ll run at the combine. The Ravens need some help in the passing game. Kirk reminds me of Randall Cobb. — Kyle. Wide Receiver. Texas A&M. Christian Kirk. 52. player