2024 NFL 7-Round Mock Draft: Packers build dominant defense for Jeff Hafley

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The Green Bay Packers successfully rebuilt their offense in two draft classes.

Zach Tom and Rasheed Walker had excellent seasons at tackle—they were Day 3 picks in 2022. Christian Watson and Romeo Doubs are second-year players. Jayden Reed, Dontayvion Wicks, Luke Musgrave, Tucker Kraft, and Malik Heath all made an impact in their rookie seasons.

General manager Brian Gutekunst may need to go defensive-heavy in the 2024 NFL Draft. The Packers have a strong foundation for new defensive coordinator Jeff Hafley to work with, but there are several areas of need, mainly in the secondary.

With five top-100 picks, the Packers can transform their defense in this draft class. Here's how they could rebuild at areas of need in the draft.

Round 1 (25): Quinyon Mitchell, CB, Toledo

Several cornerbacks could interest the Packers in the first round. Many will be gone before No. 25 overall, but Toledo's Quinyon Mitchell would be a home-run selection.

"Aggressive" is a word often used to describe Hafley's defense. Mitchell would fit right in.

"He approaches contesting throws with a physical and violent "my ball" mentality. He's aggressive, raking the hands of receivers, and he's often able to uproot the body positioning of an opponent with leverage as the football arrives," writes Kyle Crabbs of Athlon Sports.

And the results are there. Mitchell has six interceptions over the past two years. He defended 19 passes in 2022 and another 18 this season. He has ideal size at 6-foot, 197 pounds, great speed, and makes big-time plays.

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