Packers trade for top wide receiver in 2022 three-round mock draft

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Round 2 (59): Chad Muma, LB, Wyoming

Even more help for the defense here. No, inside linebacker isn’t a major need with De’Vondre Campbell re-signed. Drafting a safety should be a bigger priority, although it all comes down to value. At No. 59, most of the top safeties will likely be off the board.

Instead of reaching for a safety in the second, how about strengthening the middle of the defense at linebacker?

While the Packers often play with just one inside linebacker on the field, there are plenty of snaps for the number two. According to Pro Football Reference, Krys Barnes played just under half of the Packers’ defensive snaps last season.

Mike Renner of Pro Football Focus has Muma ranked 49th in the entire draft class:

"“Muma was one of the most productive defenders in all of college football in 2021, generating 68 total defensive stops, three picks and 21 pressures for the Cowboys. At 6-foot-3, 242 pounds, he has legit NFL size and athleticism.”"

Muma was among the finalists for the Butkus Award last season. He would compete with Barnes for snaps early on. With Muma, the Packers would have the flexibility to keep two linebackers on the field more often.

He also played well on special teams, which shouldn’t be overlooked. The Packers desperately need help on fourth down.