Packers three-round mock draft: F them picks trade edition
Packers three-round mock draft featuring two big trades.
In recent years, the Los Angeles Rams have taken an “F them picks” philosophy. The Rams haven’t had a first-round pick since 2016 and won’t have another until 2024. So, what if the Green Bay Packers took a similarly aggressive approach in this year’s draft?
That doesn’t mean giving away first-round selections for the foreseeable future, but rather trading picks for a couple of proven NFL players?
The Packers are in a unique spot. They have a roster ready to win now. Drafting players to develop for the future is never a bad idea, but it doesn’t help the Packers a whole lot right now. And they are very much in win-now, worry-about-the-future-later mode.
So, with that said, welcome to the ‘F them picks’ three-round mock draft.
Note: This mock draft was put together using Pro Football Focus’ mock draft simulator, which allows players to be included in trades.
Packers trade with Seahawks
This is the trade many Packers fans around the world are hoping to see in the coming weeks.
There’s no doubt Green Bay needs a new WR1 after trading away Davante Adams. While finding Adams’ long-term replacement in the draft is one possibility, relying on a rookie to make the kind of impact Justin Jefferson and Ja’Marr Chase did in year one is risky. Many rookie receivers need time.
No such problem with DK Metcalf, one of the NFL’s rising stars at the wide receiver position. At just 24 years old, Metcalf has already been named a Pro Bowler and All-Pro in his career. Metcalf is averaging 1,056 receiving yards and 9.67 touchdowns per year in three seasons.
With one year remaining on his rookie deal, the Packers would need to agree a long-term deal with Metcalf. But the Adams trade gives them enough cap space to make it work, and they could structure a new deal to come with a relatively low cap hit in year one.