NFL Mock Draft Roundup: Packers make bold trade to build unstoppable secondary

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History proves Green Bay Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst isn't afraid to trade up. With five picks in the opening two rounds of the 2024 NFL Draft, the Packers could do it again.

Green Bay traded up for Jaire Alexander, Darnell Savage, and Jordan Love in consecutive drafts under Gutekunst, and he traded two second-rounders to move up for Christian Watson in 2022. If the Packers fall in love with a player they don't think will be available at No. 25, they will happily move up the board.

If they make another blockbuster draft-day trade, we can expect it to be at a premium position. They have needs at cornerback and along the offensive line, two positions where it could make sense to trade up.

That's how one mock draft sees it playing out.

Packers mock draft roundup: Big trade-up in first round

Ben Standig, The Athletic: *Trade* Quinyon Mitchell, CB, Toledo

The decision to trade up for Quinyon Mitchell gets an A+, but the terms of this projected trade get an F. The Athletic's Ben Standig has the Packers sending the Denver Broncos picks in the first, second, third, and seventh rounds to move from No. 25 to No. 12. That's too much.

According to the classic Jimmy Johnson trade value chart, the Packers could get there by sending the Nos. 25 and 41 picks—the latter was acquired in the Aaron Rodgers trade.

But a trade-up for Mitchell would be a home run. He meets the size and athletic thresholds the Packers covet, having earned an elite Relative Athletic Score of 9.78. Mitchell backed up an impressive showing at the Senior Bowl with a show-stealing performance at the NFL Combine. He has All-Pro potential in the NFL and, alongside Jaire Alexander, would give the Packers an outstanding cornerback duo.

Eric Edholm, Graham Barton, OL, Duke

Another dream scenario is Graham Barton falling to No. 25. Barton offers the versatility Green Bay loves—he could play any position along the offensive line. The Packers may believe he can stay at left tackle, where he played in college. Barton doesn't have an RAS yet, but he posted elite scores in the agility testing, which the Packers prioritize. Barton would be a Day 1 starter in Green Bay.

Matt Miller, ESPN: Tyler Guyton, T, Oklahoma

Oklahoma's Tyler Guyton doesn't meet the Packers' usual size thresholds for offensive linemen. However, it's understandable why Matt Miller has Green Bay targeting one of the best tackles in the class. The team desperately needs more depth at this position, and Guyton could compete for a starting job.

Pete Prisco, CBS Sports: Cooper DeJean, CB, Iowa

We still can't go a week without one mock sending Cooper DeJean to Green Bay. It's a perfect match. The only question is where the Packers would see him fitting best in Jeff Hafley's defense. Outside corner? Slot corner? Safety? He can do it all, but it would be interesting to see where Hafley would use him. DeJean at No. 25 gets an A+, a dream scenario for Green Bay.

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