NFL insider who predicted Quay Walker pick may have revealed Packers' plans

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It's lying season in the NFL, with the 2024 NFL Draft a little over one week away. However, some mock drafts carry more weight than others.

NFL insider Peter Schrager released his first 2024 mock draft, which could provide a peak behind the curtain at the Green Bay Packers' draft-day plans. Schrager's mock draft isn't based on what he thinks each team should do, but rather what he has heard from his sources.

And his track record is pretty good regarding the Packers. As Cheesehead TV's Aaron Nagler noted, Schrager was one of the first to link Quay Walker with the Packers in 2022. It was viewed as a reach and surprising decision at the time, as Walker was considered a Day 2 pick by many draft analysts, but Schrager was spot on.

The Packers drafted Walker 22nd overall with their first of two picks in the opening round.

Schrager has Green Bay selecting Georgia tackle Amarius Mims with the 25th overall pick in his latest mock draft.

Packers' links to Amarius Mims in Round 1 of 2024 NFL Draft are heating up

Schrager isn't the only draft insider projecting Mims to Green Bay. ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. also had the Packers selecting the Georgia tackle in his latest mock draft.

It would be a fascinating move by the Packers for multiple reasons.

The first is that they already have two starting tackles in place, Rasheed Walker and Zach Tom. Yes, they need to upgrade their tackle depth, but they can do that by targeting a versatile offensive lineman like Duke's Graham Barton in Round 1, who can play all five positions.

Using a first-round pick on an out-and-out tackle like Mims could lead to a shakeup along the line. With reports of the Packers believing Tom could become a "Hall-of-Fame center," the idea of drafting a replacement at right tackle makes sense.

However, the Packers would be going against their size thresholds to draft Mims.

Packer Report's Ross Uglem posted an excellent thread on X (formerly Twitter) about the team's recent history of drafting tackles in the first four rounds since 2007. All of them were over 6-foot-4 but shorter than 6-foot-6 and weighed between 300 and 321 pounds. Each of them also had at least 28 college starts.

Mims is 6-foot-8, 340 pounds, and has only eight career starts. The Packers are usually strict with their preferences but would be making an exception.

However, there's good reason why they might. Mims has star potential in the NFL, earned a Relative Athletic Score of 9.59 out of 10, and would address an area of need at a premium position. Mims could become an excellent starter at right tackle, allowing the Packers to move Tom to center.

A starting five of Walker (left tackle), Elgton Jenkins (left guard), Tom (center), Sean Rhyan or another rookie (right guard), and Mims (right tackle) could be a better lineup than last year's.

Under Brian Gutekunst, the Packers have drafted three Georgia players in Round 1. Will Mims become the fourth?

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