Packers: How the 2013 draft could’ve gone differently

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - OCTOBER 15: Latavius Murray
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - OCTOBER 15: Latavius Murray /

The talented team over at NFL Mocks recently put together a 2013 NFL Draft do-over, with the Green Bay Packers going in a completely different direction in the first round.

It’s always interesting to see where teams got it right, and where they went wrong in previous drafts. Overall, Green Bay’s 2013 draft was a good one, with David Bakhtiari, Micah Hyde, Eddie Lacy, and J.C. Tretter all in the draft class.

But how could’ve things gone differently?

In a draft do-over by Nicholas Price of NFL Mocks, the Packers make a different selection in the first round. In the real draft, the Packers picked defensive end Datone Jones with the 26th overall pick.

Jones played in 59 games for the Packers over four seasons, but he didn’t make the impact they had hoped. And after playing in just eight games for two teams in the two seasons since, it’s understandable why Price didn’t pick Jones in this do-over draft.

Interestingly, Price has the Packers going with running back Latavius Murray. Green Bay did need a running back as they would go on to select Eddie Lacy and Johnathan Franklin in the real draft.

It’s worth noting that David Bakhtiari, an All-Pro tackle who the Packers selected in the fourth round in 2013, was gone in this re-draft. He was picked fourth overall.

Had he decided to go with a defensive lineman as the Packers did with Jones, options in the re-draft would’ve included Brandon Williams and Jonathan Hankins.

Imagine a scenario in which the Packers did select Murray instead of Jones. It almost certainly would’ve meant they wouldn’t have selected Lacy. How different would the offense have looked in 2013 and 2014? Who would’ve they selected in the later rounds?

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Be sure to check out the full re-draft and leave a comment with who you would’ve picked.