Packers 2021 mock draft roundup: Wide receiver in first round

Terrace Marshall Jr. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
Terrace Marshall Jr. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) /

Is it time for the Green Bay Packers to use a first-round pick at wide receiver?

Many Packers fans would just be relieved if the team used a pick inside the opening three rounds at the position, something they haven’t done for six years.

In this week’s mock draft roundup, two of the picks are wide receivers, one at defensive tackle, and one at offensive tackle.

Interestingly, no cornerbacks.

NFL Mocks, John Blair

Daviyon Nixon, DT, Iowa

It’s never a bad move to look for help up front early in the draft. The Packers should absolutely be looking to improve their defensive line play in 2021 and that could result in using a first-round pick at the position.

John Blair of NFL Mocks has the Packers going with Iowa’s Daviyon Nixon with the 29th overall pick. Blair believes Nixon would fit perfectly as a defensive end in a 3-4 system while offering plenty as a pass rusher. Perhaps Nixon could be the ideal partner for Kenny Clark and *whispers* J.J. Watt?

With the First Pick, Nicholas McGee

Terrace Marshall Jr., WR, LSU

If the Packers want to improve their already-dominant offense, adding a playmaker like Terrace Marshall Jr. would be a good move. That’s how Nicholas McGee of With the First Pick sees it playing out in the first round.

I like it. Marshall caught 10 touchdown passes in just seven games last season and could help Green Bay’s offense level up.

CBS Sports, Ryan Wilson

Kadarius Toney, WR, Florida

Ryan Wilson of CBS Sports also has Green Bay going wide receiver on Day 1. The Packers should look to add a receiver who is strong after the catch. That’s exactly what Florida’s Kadarius Toney could bring to Matt LaFleur’s offense.

Wilson writes that Toney “carries the ball like a running back after the catch”. He could be a perfect complement to Davante Adams, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, and Allen Lazard at receiver.

The Draft Network, Brentley Weissman

Jalen Mayfield, OT, Michigan

Another smart first-round move would be to strengthen the tackle position. With David Bakhtiari’s return date unclear as he recovers from a torn ACL, plus after Rick Wagner’s struggles in the NFC title game, finding another starting tackle could actually be a bigger need than we realize.

At worst, the Packers could add depth at a premium position. In another scenario, they might find an upgrade at the position.

Brentley Weissman of The Draft Network has the Packers selecting Michigan’s Jalen Mayfield. I like this pick for a lot of reasons. For starters, Mayfield could end up as the starting right tackle when the entire offensive line is healthy. But he also has the versatility to play at guard, so he’d provide some extra depth at other positions if required.

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