Packers: Way-too-early 2020 seven-round mock draft
By Evan Siegel
Round 5 (Pick 174): Paddy Fisher, LB, Northwestern
The Packers need to address this position in free agency. The position isn’t deep enough in the draft and the team needs immediate playmaking at the position. But Oren Burks and Ty Summers aren’t quite enough to be excited about, especially if Blake Martinez leaves in free agency. In addition to free agency, the Packers should add to the position in the draft.
Fisher is a gifted run defender who struggles in pass coverage. He is comparable to Brandon Spikes, but with more consistent play and potential special teams value. He quietly was one of the best linebackers in the Big Ten in 2019 and the Packers should be thrilled if he’s available on day three.
Round 6 (Pick 194): Charlie Heck, OT, North Carolina
The Packers shouldn’t re-sign Bryan Bulaga after the end of the season. He has had another great season, but with so many tough contract decisions looming, committing to an injury-prone player in his 30s doesn’t make sense. Billy Turner figures to kick out to right tackle, leaving the Packers with compromised depth at the position. Alex Light has stepped in and survived when he’s needed to, but competition for the backup job is needed.
Heck is absolutely massive at 6-foot-8. There’s some lineage here as well, as his father was an offensive line coach with the Chiefs. He is not the most talented lineman in this class, but his huge frame should be attractive this late in the draft. The Packers shouldn’t have to resort to bringing Jared Veldheer out of retirement to ensure depth on the line, and adding Heck could be an addition to the depth chart.