2024 NFL 7-Round Mock Draft: Packers land star receiver, rebuild running back room

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The Green Bay Packers are ahead of schedule in the Jordan Love era, especially if they clinch a playoff berth in Week 18. Despite that, they are unlikely to mount a serious Super Bowl challenge this season. There are too many areas in need of upgrades, particularly on defense.

Green Bay is a team to watch in 2024. Along with the development of its talented young roster, the Packers also have excellent draft capital to reach the next level. They own five selections in the opening three rounds.

We used the Pro Football Focus mock draft simulator for this. In this mock, the Packers address various areas of need in the secondary while landing a potential star at the wide receiver position.

Round 1 (19): Cooper DeJean, CB, Iowa

The Packers need upgrades at slot corner, safety, and just about everywhere in the secondary. They have to replace Rasul Douglas, and it's still unclear what they have in Eric Stokes. The former first-round pick has been unable to stay healthy the past two seasons and has struggled in the games he's played since a promising rookie year.

Cornerback should be high on the offseason to-do list, and Iowa's Cooper DeJean checks every box. He spent most of his time lined up at outside corner, but he has experience in the slot and safety. DeJean could help Green Bay's defense wherever they need it.

"One of the absolute best athletes in the entire class and a game-changing return man on top of being a gifted cover corner," writes ESPN's Field Yates.

The Packers could draft multiple defensive backs this year. DeJean in the first round is the perfect way to start. He has 13 pass defenses and seven interceptions in the past two seasons.