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

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Round 3 (88): Junior Colson, LB, Michigan

If the Packers switch to a 4-3 defense under Hafley, inside linebacker will become a bigger offseason priority. Teams play mostly nickel in today's NFL, but Green Bay would feature three middle linebackers when it is in base defense. The Packers may also move on from veteran De'Vondre Campbell this offseason.

Michigan's Junior Colson is perfect for the Packers' defense. Hafley emphasizes tackling, which is one of Colson's strengths. He has the speed and coverage ability to defend the pass, but his size and physicality make him excellent at stopping the run.

Even without Campbell, the Packers could have a strong starting trio of Colson, Quay Walker, and Isaiah McDuffie, who Hafley coached at Boston College.

Round 3 (91): Jarrian Jones, CB, Florida State

Another area the Packers must strengthen is at slot corner. Keisean Nixon is a free agent. Even if he returns, Nixon's ideal role is a core special teams player who provides backup at cornerback. Green Bay needs an upgrade at the starting position.

Florida State's Jarrian Jones had an excellent season in the slot at Florida State, making three interceptions. Chad Reuter of NFL.com named Jones one of the standout performers during the East-West Shrine Bowl practices.

"Throughout Shrine practices over the past four days, he showed his skills in the slot, plastering smaller receivers with physicality and quickness," writes Reuter. "Jones will be a plus for some NFL team, on the field and in the locker room."