Four Packers mock drafts based on potential free agency outcomes

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With Bryan Bulaga or Jack Conklin signed

For the sake of argument, let’s say the Packers decide they need to address the offensive tackle position through free agency and not the draft. I think the first option would be to bring back Bryan Bulaga. He is coming off a nice season and is already familiar with the team and the offense.

Now let’s say, Bulaga being 30 years old, may not have the most productive years ahead of him. The Packers may elect to let him go and spend a little more money on a guy like Jack Conklin. Conklin is just 25 years old and is also familiar with the offense. He played for LaFleur when he was the offensive coordinator with the Titans.

Conklin’s market value is at about $15 million per year, according to Spotrac. He would be more expensive than Bulaga for sure, but the right side of the line would be set for the rest of Rodgers’ career. One less thing to worry about.

Round 1 (30):  WR Denzel Mims – Baylor

Round 2 (62): LB Willie Gay Jr. – Mississippi State

Round 3 (94): CB Damon Arnette – Ohio State

Round 4 (126): WR Chase Claypool – Notre Dame

Round 5 (157): RB A.J. Dillon – Boston College

Round 6 (172): QB James Morgan – Florida International

Round 6 (189): TE Dalton Keene – Virginia Tech

Round 7 (201): DL Raequan Williams – Michigan State

Round 7 (219): WR Antonio Gandy-Golden – LIberty

In this final scenario, I decided to go with a receiver first. Denzel Mims had a big Senior Bowl and an even bigger Combine. He moved up a lot of people’s draft boards and made himself a good deal of money. He would be a great fit with Rodgers in this offense.

Willie Gay Jr. is a solid second-tier linebacker. He has the speed needed to cover the field. Damon Arnette fell to the third round. Not sure how likely that is to happen, but if it does, the Packers should snag him immediately.

A.J. Dillon had himself a nice combine as well. He ran a 4.53 40-yard dash and had some impressive measurables. He is a strong, physical runner who would be a nice complement to Aaron Jones.

James Morgan was more of a fun pick. He grew up a Packer fan and the Packers have shown interest as well. He was recently on Locked on Packers with Peter Bukowski. Bukowski tweeted about how it’s easy to understand why the Packers would want him.

Overall, the Packers’ draft will fully depend on what they do in free agency. They have some money to spend, but not a ton. If history is any indication, you can bet Gutekunst will find a way to bring someone in before the draft.