There's a good chance the Green Bay Packers' run of drafting a defensive player in the first round will continue in 2024. Of Green Bay's past 13 first-round picks, Jordan Love is the only offensive player.
With Love and a new-look receiving corps, the Packers' offense looked great in the second half of the season. It's the defense that lacked consistency.
A change at defensive coordinator should help—Jeff Hafley's aggressive scheme should play into the Packers' strengths—but they need upgrades at several positions, mainly in the secondary.
If the Packers go offense early, it'll likely be to strengthen the offensive line. Unsurprisingly, this week's mock draft roundup features offensive linemen and defensive backs.
Packers mock draft roundup: Cornerback or offensive line options in first round
Sayre Bedinger, NFL Spin Zone: Troy Fautanu, OL, Washington
The Packers need to draft offensive linemen this year, especially if Jon Runyan Jr. and David Bakhtiari depart. Lombardi Ave's Sayre Bedinger has Green Bay landing Washington's Troy Fautanu, who can play at tackle and guard. Green Bay loves to add linemen who can play multiple positions, and Fautanu could help wherever he is needed.
Eric Edholm, NFL.com: Cooper DeJean, CB, Iowa
Iowa's Cooper DeJean would be a home-run pick for the Packers if he falls to No. 25 overall. DeJean can play anywhere in the secondary, but his best position is likely at slot corner or safety, arguably Green Bay's biggest areas of concern on defense. There's a good chance DeJean will go before the Packers' pick, but if he's still there, it should be an easy choice.
Josh Edwards, CBS Sports: Kool-Aid McKinstry, CB, Alabama
Alabama's Kool-Aid McKinstry is another great first-round option if he is still on the board at No. 25. McKinstry would be an excellent fit in a new-look Packers scheme that will likely feature more man coverage. McKinstry could start opposite Jaire Alexander, making life difficult for opposing wide receivers.
Joe Broback, Pro Football Network: Amarius Mims, T, Georgia
Amarius Mims is an excellent player, but this would be a surprise. Mims played exclusively at right tackle for Georgia. Zach Tom played at a Pro Bowl level in that position for the Packers. Another thing to consider is that, at 6-foot-7, 340 pounds, Mims doesn't meet Brian Gutekunst's typical size thresholds for offensive tackles.