Jordan Love's future with the Green Bay Packers is still up in the air. Love has shown improvements in recent weeks, which is more important than wins and losses at this stage. But there's still a way to go before the Packers make a long-term commitment to Love as their starting quarterback.
Love still has at least until the end of the season to prove himself, and his performances are trending in the right direction. However, that doesn't rule out the Packers drafting a quarterback, especially once they get beyond the first round.
Green Bay owns two second-rounders and two third-rounders. The Packers hedged their bets with the one-year extension they gave Love in the offseason. General manager Brian Gutekunst could do the same by drafting a quarterback on Day 2 to provide competition and give the Packers another option.
The dream scenario is finding a quarterback-receiver pairing like the Cincinnati Bengals' duo of Joe Burrow and Ja'Marr Chase. Coincidentally, the Packers could turn to LSU to find their future at both positions. Using the Pro Football Focus simulator, this mock draft shows how they could do it.
Round 1 (6): Olu Fashanu, T, Penn State
Home run. That's the only way to describe the Packers' first-round choice if they select Penn State's Olu Fashanu, who was still on the board at No. 6 using the simulator. We often hear about best player available versus need. Fashanu checks both boxes.
The Packers benched second-year Rasheed Walker for Yosh Nijman at left tackle, but Nijman's future is unclear, as he is a free agent in the offseason.
Fashanu would solve that, giving the Packers their long-term solution at left tackle and replacement for David Bakhtiari.
"Olu Fashanu is one of the smoothest movers we've seen in pass protection since Tyron Smith and Joe Thomas," writes Trevor Sikkema of Pro Football Focus.
The Athletic reported that Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst recently attended the Penn State-Michigan game, and he will undoubtedly have come away impressed with what we saw from Fashanu.
Left tackle is arguably the Packers' biggest need, and Fashanu has the potential to become an elite pass-protector in the NFL.