Packers land receiver in early 2021 seven-round mock draft

Jaylen Waddle (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)
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Round 1 (19): Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama

It’s been two decades since the Packers last used a first-round pick on a wide receiver. We thought that would change three months ago, but Green Bay didn’t use any of its picks at the position. Well, the wait ends here.

The Draft Network’s mock draft machine gives the Packers the 19th overall pick, meaning they’d exit the playoffs in the wild-card round as the lowest seed. While that would require a disappointing season (or a trade-up), it could lead them to one of the best receivers in the class.

Jaylen Waddle’s speed and yards-after-catch ability would give the Packers offense something it desperately needs. In the slot, Waddle could dominate in Green Bay.

Round 2 (51): Dillon Radunz, OT, North Dakota State

While I expect the Packers to extend David Bakhtiari’s contract in the near future, they could look for Rick Wagner’s long-term replacement on the right side of the offensive line. Wagner signed a two-year deal with the Packers this offseason. However, the team has an easy out next offseason. According to Spotrac, they’d pay just $1.75 million in dead cap if they released Wagner next year.

Enter Dillon Radunz, who could begin his career as a backup if the Packers decide to keep Wagner in 2021, but he could quickly become a starter.