The latest Green Bay Packers mock draft roundup after the first week of free agency.
If new general manager Brian Gutekunst decides to keep all of those picks, he’ll have a number of swings, increasing the odds of hitting on a few prospects. It would also give him more opportunities to address some of the team’s biggest needs.
Another possibility is he uses some of the mid-round picks in a package to move up in the early rounds. If Gutekunst believes a particular player can become a difference-maker in Green Bay, there’s no reason not to try and make a deal.
Assuming the Packers remain at No. 14 overall, here are some names to watch.
The Packers desperately need help to both the pass rush and secondary. Lombardi Ave’s Tanner Nestle has Gutekunst taking an edge rusher at No. 14 in his latest seven-round mock draft. Harold Landry could make an immediate impact in Mike Pettine’s defense. There would still be plenty of opportunities to upgrade the secondary on Day 2.
At one stage Josh Jackson was arguably the most popular name mocked to the Packers, but he’s slipped down draft boards of late. Despite that, he is still one of the top corners in this class. If Denzel Ward is off the board at No. 14, which is highly likely, Gutekunst could turn to Jackson.
Now wouldn’t this be a blockbuster move by Gutekunst. It’s worth noting this mock draft is all about “unexpected first-round picks”.
I find it hard to believe Baker Mayfield makes it out of the top-10, but if he slips to the Packers, would Gutekunst make a move? It’s never a bad idea to grab a talented quarterback. After all, it’s unlikely the Packers will be picking this high again for some time.
Charles Davis of NFL.com believes Green Bay will address its pass rush on Day 1. While he notes the team could look for a cornerback here, Davis has the Packers landing Davenport, who he believes is a “raw, talented edge rusher”.
There’s a strong chance Gutekunst uses his first pick on a cornerback. Assuming Ward is gone, there will be a tough decision to be made. Albert Breer of SI believes Mike Hughes would be an ideal fit in Mike Pettine’s scheme.
Who do you hope the Packers select in the first round? Should they try and trade up?