Packers: Way-too-early 2020 seven-round mock draft

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Round 7 (Pick 238): Jeff Thomas, WR, Miami

Jeff Thomas is really, really talented. For a brief, fleeting moment, he was the best receiver in the ACC as a sophomore. But off-the-field issues, coaching changes and a transfer portal issue limited him after that. Add to that the Hurricanes’ absolutely horrendous quarterback play over his three seasons. The Packers have needed a kick returner since Desmond Howard, and Thomas could be the guy.

The Packers ought to sign a free agent rather than spend a high pick on a receiver. Even though the class is historically deep at the position, the Packers need proven, polished pass catchers who won’t need a learning curve. Adding a player who can be an asset on special teams and has flashed brilliance this late in the draft is a steal.

Round 7 (Pick 248): Cheyenne O’Grady, TE, Arkansas

With their last pick, the Packers ought to just throw a body at the tight end position. Austin Hooper would be a great free-agent signing for the team, but getting one more prospect in the room should happen. Among what is a poor class of tight ends, O’Grady produced just enough with the Razorbacks to make some scouts’ preseason watchlists.

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Jace Sternberger is a complete unknown, and Robert Tonyan is a free agent. The Packers should do what they can to add a player like Hooper, and add to the depth chart with a flyer like O’Grady.