It’s all offense in the opening round for the Green Bay Packers in the latest NFL Mocks mock draft.
So far in free agency, the Green Bay Packers have added two edge rushers, a safety and an offensive lineman. With the main focus on defense in free agency, they could turn to offense in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft.
That’s how Erik Lambert of NFL Mocks has it playing out in his latest mock draft. Lambert has the Packers selecting Washington State offensive tackle Andre Dillard with the 12th overall pick, then selecting Ole Miss wide receiver A.J. Brown with the 30th pick.
Selecting an offensive lineman early on isn’t exactly exciting, but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad move. Far from it. And many will point to the team’s success of finding offensive linemen in the middle rounds, but again, that shouldn’t mean they should avoid adding a tackle early. After all, the picks of David Bakhtiari, T.J. Lang, Josh Sitton and Corey Linsley were all made by Ted Thompson, not Brian Gutekunst.
Dillard would make sense because he would immediately add much-needed depth at tackle, but long term he could replace Bryan Bulaga, who is a free agent next offseason. It’s far better to address a future need now than desperately searching for offensive line help a year from now.
With Randall Cobb departing for Dallas, the Packers shouldn’t overlook the wide receiver position. When healthy, Cobb was a playmaker for the Packers offense, and they either need someone already on the roster to step up, or add more talent to the depth chart.
And A.J. Brown would certainly be an option if he’s still there at No. 30. Here’s what Lambert wrote in the mock draft:
"“A.J. Brown may not come with the fanfare his teammate Metcalf does, but he’s the more proven receiver. He has good size, decent speed, strong hands, and is one of the best route runners in the entire class.”"
Dillard and Brown would both help the offense improve, that’s for sure.
What are your thoughts on this mock draft?