Packers three-round mock draft featuring trade for wide receiver
Round 1 (29): Boye Mafe, EDGE, Minnesota
Along with addressing the wide receiver position, it’s also a must that Green Bay takes advantage of a deep edge rusher class. With Za’Darius Smith gone, it’s important for GM Brian Gutekunst to strengthen the depth at outside linebacker. The Packers need more contributors beyond Rashan Gary and Preston Smith.
Much like Gary when the Packers drafted him 12th overall in 2019, Mafe is a phenomenal athlete but needs some development as a pass rusher. Initially, he will be a good backup to Gary and Smith but has the potential to become an excellent pass rusher. NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah wrote that Mafe is “trending in the right direction and provides double-digit sack upside”. He is 26th in Jeremiah’s latest 2022 prospect rankings.
Mafe has an RAS (Relative Athletic Score) of 10.0, which is the highest possible.
If there’s one thing we’ve seen regularly from Gutekunst as GM, it’s that he loves to draft players with great athleticism and then develop them. Gary is the perfect example of this.
Mafe would immediately become Green Bay’s third-best edge rusher, providing some much-needed depth. But with time to develop and learn from Gary and Smith, Mafe could become an excellent starter in Green Bay’s defense.