Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com has the Green Bay Packers selecting quarterback Drew Lock at No. 30 in his latest mock draft.
Now this is interesting.
As Yahoo’s Charles Robinson reported on Monday, the Packers have scheduled a visit with Lock.
Here’s what Jeremiah wrote about the pick in the mock draft:
"“The Packers have been doing a lot of homework on quarterbacks this draft season. They once spent a first-round pick on a QB who’d become the eventual replacement for a 35-year-old future Hall of Famer, and they repeat history here.”"
On Monday, I wrote about why the Packers shouldn’t spend a first-round pick (or an early pick for that matter) on a quarterback. But that doesn’t mean they’re not seriously considering it.
Now, is there a chance the Packers’ visit with Lock and interest in quarterbacks is a smokescreen? Of course. It’s important to take everything with a grain of salt this time of year. There’s every chance Green Bay wants the league to believe the team has real interest in taking a QB early, which could help with potential trade negotiations with either the 12th or 30th pick.
But is there also the possibility the Packers are considering spending a first-round pick on a potential successor to Aaron Rodgers? It can’t be ruled out.
Maybe Brian Gutekunst sees this year as a luxury they don’t expect to have again any time soon. That is, picking twice in the first round and also owning a top-15 selection. Perhaps the idea if they take a QB, let’s say Lock, is that he could either eventually start in Green Bay or be traded away to a team in need of a passer.
We’ll see. Would I do it? No — and I’m sure many Packers fans agree. But at this stage it can’t be ruled out, and the fact Jeremiah has a QB going to Green Bay at No. 30 is very interesting.
In just over a week, we’ll find out.