Packers 2018 mock draft roundup: Upgrading the pass rush, secondary

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Despite signing Williams and bringing back House this week, selecting a cornerback early in the draft should be a top priority for Gutekunst. Don’t be surprised if he uses his first pick as GM on a corner, especially if a talent like Denzel Ward is still on the board.

Throughout the draft, Gutekunst will have plenty of opportunities to upgrade the position. These draft analysts see it happening on the opening night.

Jon Dove of With the First Pick: Jaire Alexander, Louisville

Alexander would add speed to Green Bay’s defense. He also had seven interceptions in three seasons at Louisville. He only played six games last season, but he could give the Packers an immediate upgrade at the cornerback position. Full With the First Pick mock draft

Erik Lambert of NFL Mocks: Denzel Ward, Ohio State

Ward is one of the few players I’d be happy to see the Packers trade up for. If he makes it to No. 14, it’d be a dream scenario. Ward is the best cornerback in the draft, and could help right away in Mike Pettine’s defense. Full NFL Mocks mock draft

Jared Dubin of CBS Sports: Denzel Ward, Ohio State

Another mock with Ward going to the Packers at No. 14. Count me in. A big reason why this happened was that four quarterbacks were selected ahead of Green Bay, causing the top defensive talent to slide. Full CBS Sports mock draft

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Richard Janvrin of Bleacher Report: Carlton Davis, Auburn *Trade*

Here’s the second first-round pick from the Bleacher Report mock we looked at in the edge rushers section. After selecting Davenport at No. 23, Gutekunst addresses the CB position with Davis at No. 31. The Packers could be pleased with this first-round combo, addressing the team’s biggest needs, while also acquiring an extra pick, all on Day 1.