Less than two months away from the 2021 NFL Draft, it’s still difficult to predict which direction the Green Bay Packers might choose to go in first.
There’s no doubt cornerback, offensive tackle, and defensive tackle should be among the team’s top priorities in the draft, and this week’s roundup highlights that.
As expected, these three positions are the focus of mock drafts.
NFL Spin Zone, Randy Gurzi
Teven Jenkins, OT, Oklahoma State
Oklahoma State’s Teven Jenkins is becoming a more and more popular name to the Packers in mock drafts. And it makes a ton of sense. Jenkins is one of the best tackle prospects in the draft and Green Bay could do with some immediate help there.
Jenkins would be candidate to start Day 1, especially with David Bakhtiari potentially out for the start of the season as he recovers from a torn ACL.
This NFL Spin Zone mock draft has Green Bay finding its long-term answer at right tackle.
With the First Pick, Brandon Coyle
Ifeatu Melifonwu, CB, Syracuse
Along with tackle, cornerback is the Packers’ biggest need. With the First Pick’s mock draft has Green Bay going with Syracuse corner Ifeatu Melifonwu in the first round.
Joe Marino of The Draft Network believes Melifonwu can “develop into a terrific starter”. That’s exactly what this defense needs. If the Packers can upgrade the No. 2 cornerback spot, this entire defense can take a huge step forward.
CBS Sports, Ryan Wilson
Levi Onwuzurike, DL, Washington
Another way to improve the defense would be to strengthen the defensive line and get Kenny Clark some much-needed help. CBS Sports’ mock draft sees Washington defensive tackle Levi Onwuzurike head to Green Bay in the first round.
The Packers need to get stronger up front to make a serious Super Bowl push. Onwuzurike could help against the run and had seven sacks in three years at Washington.
The Draft Network, Trevor Sikkema
Greg Newsome II, CB, Northwestern
Here we go. I’m all-in on this pick from The Draft Network’s mock.
Greg Newsome II has star potential and could start opposite Jaire Alexander right away. While we should expect mistakes from any rookie corner, Newsome can develop into a Pro Bowler. According to Pro Football Focus, he allowed a passer rating of 31.7 in his coverage last season.
Alexander and Newsome II as the starting cornerbacks for years to come in Green Bay? Sign me up.