Predicting the Green Bay Packers' first-round draft choice is never an easy task.
This year, tight end sits atop the list of offseason needs for the Packers, closely followed by safety, edge rusher, defensive tackle, wide receiver, and possibly offensive tackle.
Multiple tight ends could go in the first round, which is good news for the Packers. With great depth at the position, they should have more than enough opportunities to find an upgrade at tight end.
However, you might be surprised with the Packers' first-round choice in a recent mock draft.
CBS Sports mock draft has surprising first-round pick for Packers
In a recent mock draft by Ryan Wilson of CBS Sports, the Packers address their biggest need at tight end with the 15th overall pick.
Wilson has Green Bay selecting Iowa tight end Sam LaPorta. What's more surprising is the players the Packers didn't take in the first round.
"The Iowa tight end is one of five players at the position who could end up being top 40 selections, and there was a lot of buzz around the league after his pro day that he could go much higher than conventional wisdom might suggest."- Ryan Wilson of CBS Sports
In this mock, LaPorta becomes the first tight end off the board. That means they passed up Utah's Dalton Kincaid, Notre Dame's Michael Mayer, and Georgia's Darnell Washington. All three have been common picks for the Packers in mock drafts.
Make no mistake, LaPorta is a talented player and would be a fantastic addition to Matt LaFleur's offense.
He does a lot well. LaPorta is a talented receiver and is strong after the catch. There's little doubt that LaPorta could become a quality starting tight end in Green Bay.
However, it's still surprising to see him picked first among all tight ends and as high as 15th overall. Especially with other top tight end prospects like Kincaid, Mayer, and Washington still available when the Packers hit the clock.
What do you think? Would you like to see the Packers draft Sam LaPorta, or should they go in another direction at tight end?