AI simulation comes up with perfect Packers 4-round 2024 NFL Mock Draft

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Artificial intelligence is far from perfect, but we decided to put it to the test in the role of Green Bay Packers general manager.

There are countless mock drafts trying to predict what will happen in the 2024 NFL Draft. Will the Packers land an offensive lineman or cornerback in Round 1? Will they successfully address their need at linebacker while finding a starting safety to play alongside Xavier McKinney?

The Packers have 11 picks entering the draft. Will they use all of them in their current positions or move up and down to find value?

Predicting the draft is a near-impossible task, so we put it in the hands of the NFL Mock Draft Database simulator. We began a four-round 2024 mock draft and hit "auto draft" to allow the computer to make every selection.

The results were surprisingly impressive.

Mock draft simulator delivers dream Packers 2024 class

Hopefully, Packers GM Brian Gutekunst is paying attention and taking notes. Here is the four-round mock draft the simulator put together for the Packers:

  • Round 1 (25): Cooper DeJean, CB, Iowa
  • Round 2 (41): Graham Barton, T, Duke
  • Round 2 (58): Payton Wilson, LB, NC State
  • Round 3 (88): Roger Rosengarten, T, Washington
  • Round 3 (91): Jaylen Wright, RB, Tennessee
  • Round 4 (126): Luke McCaffrey, WR, Rice

How about that? It covers every base, smartly doubles down along the offensive line, and addresses areas of need at cornerback/safety and linebacker. This would be a dream haul.

Packers hit home run with top two picks

If the Packers walk away with Cooper DeJean and Graham Barton without needing to trade any picks, they could draft nothing but punters the rest of the way and it would still be an A+ class. DeJean at No. 25 is a best-case scenario but far from guaranteed, while Barton falling to No. 41 seems even more unlikely.

Athleticism and versatility best describes this pair. DeJean could line up anywhere in the secondary, while Barton can play all five offensive line positions. They also have Relative Athletic Scores of 9.85 and 9.99, respectively.

Green Bay would cross off two significant needs while also getting maximum value.

Doubling down at offensive tackle makes sense

The offensive line requires a lot of attention in the draft. Adding Barton and his five-position versatility would solve a major problem, but he can only play in one spot at a time. The Packers need more reinforcements, and the simulator smartly had them double down.

Washington's Roger Rosengarten would make a lot of sense for Green Bay. He was an excellent pass protector in college. Per PFF, Rosengarten allowed zero sacks and two QB hits in 610 pass-block snaps last season. He is also one of the best athletes at tackle in the class with a 9.61 RAS.

Rosengarten played mostly at right tackle but could switch to the left side, and the Packers may even view him as a guard.

With Barton and Rosengarten, the Packers would add two prospects with tackle experience who could also move inside.

Packers find upgrades on both sides of the ball

The simulator has Green Bay addressing its top needs on defense—DeJean and Payton Wilson would be home-run additions. However, it also gives plenty of love to the offense.

Along with the two offensive line moves, the Packers add running back Jaylen Wright and wide receiver Luke McCaffrey.

Wright would be a perfect change-of-pace option in the backfield. He is an incredible athlete with an RAS of 9.81, running the 40-yard dash in 4.38 seconds. That speed shows up on tape. Wright is a home-run hitter and would complement Josh Jacobs as the No. 2 back in Green Bay.

The benefit of picking five times in the opening three rounds is getting to add value at positions outside of the biggest needs. Green Bay could add a pass-catcher, and McCaffrey would give them another option in the slot.

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