Round 1 (28): Daxton Hill, S, Michigan
Going edge rusher-safety with the Packers’ top two picks won’t please many people and likely wouldn’t fall into the category of a “dream” mock draft. But hear me out.
Yes, wide receiver might be the bigger need, but I think the Packers will have plenty of options on Day 2 to get help there. The same likely won’t be true at safety. Don’t forget, in this mock, Green Bay added an early second-round pick from the Houston Texans.
So let’s talk about Daxton Hill out of Michigan.
“Hybrid safety/nickel with an outstanding blend of speed, explosiveness and coverage versatility,” wrote NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein in his draft profile.
That first part is particularly interesting. Hill can play at safety but also line up at slot corner. Joe Barry could use Hill in the “star” position in his system.
Strong in coverage, Hill made eight pass defenses and two interceptions in his final season at Michigan. He was a first-team All-Big Ten.
The Packers need a third safety desperately. Starters Adrian Amos and Darnell Savage will also be free agents in 2023. Don’t be surprised if Green Bay drafts a safety in the top two rounds.
Put a player with Hill’s talent, athleticism, and versatility into the Packers’ defense, and look out. With Hill, Amos, and Savage at safety and Jaire Alexander, Eric Stokes, and Rasul Douglas at cornerback, this secondary would be scary.