The Green Bay Packers add an edge rusher and wide receiver in the opening round of FanSided’s latest mock draft.
In the latest FanSided mock draft by Brad Weiss, the Packers select edge rusher Rashan Gary with the 12th overall pick, and wide receiver D.K. Metcalf with the 30th selection.
Both picks make sense as edge rusher and wide receiver are two of the team’s top needs this offseason.
Daniel Jeremiah of NFL Network has Gary ranked fourth in the entire draft class.
Jeremiah wrote: “Gary is a freak. He has a unique blend of size, speed, explosiveness and power. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always translate to production.”
While Gary might need some time to develop in Mike Pettine’s defense, at 12th overall it would be difficult to pass up his potential. Gary could be a difference-maker in the Packers defense for a number of years, which is important with Clay Matthews possibly departing in free agency.
Green Bay can’t just rely on fixing the pass rush with one draft pick. General manager Brian Gutekunst should use free agency to bring in a couple of additions on defense, too. But picking Gary in the first round could be a great start to the draft.
Metcalf is ranked 11th in Jeremiah’s top 50 rankings, so this would be an excellent pick for Green Bay if he’s still there at 30th overall.
Jon Ledyard of The Draft Network had high praise for Metcalf in his draft profile.
He wrote: “Receivers with Metcalf’s raw talents don’t come around very often, as his size, speed, quickness, high-point ability and vertical prowess make him a truly special prospect.”
With Davante Adams as the Packers’ number one receiver, Metcalf would be able to come in right away and contribute as the second or third pass catcher in Matt LaFleur’s offense. The two could become one of the best wide receiver pairings in the NFL very quickly.
Both Gary and Metcalf could be great additions to this team. If the first round of the draft plays out as it did in Brad Weiss’ mock draft, there will be a lot to be excited about.