NFL Mock Draft Roundup: Packers make shocking pick but Jordan Love will love it

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Imagine the Green Bay Packers finally drafted a first-round wide receiver only a year after Aaron Rodgers' departure. It's something they never did for Rodgers, even when receiver was the team's biggest offseason need.

Considering the depth the team already has, it would be particularly surprising if Green Bay added a pass-catcher at No. 25 this offseason.

However, the draft is about adding talented players to the roster. With five top-100 picks, the Packers don't need to focus on positional needs with every pick. What if their highest-graded player is a wide receiver?

General manager Brian Gutekunst said they could draft another pass catcher. That opens the possibility of it happening in the first round, even if it's unlikely. The right prospect would have to fall to No. 25—LSU's Brian Thomas Jr. could be that player.

Packers mock draft roundup: Brian Thomas Jr. would be dream first-round pick

FanSided, Sam Penix: Brian Thomas Jr., WR, LSU

The Packers don't necessarily need another wide receiver, but it would be difficult to pass on Brian Thomas Jr. if he fell to No. 25. Thomas has Pro Bowl potential in the NFL. He is 6-foot-3, 209 pounds, and ran a 4.33-second 40-yard dash, helping him earn a Relative Athletic Score of 9.82 out of 10. Last season, Thomas caught 68 passes for 1,177 yards and 17 touchdowns at LSU.

He can stretch defenses vertically with big plays downfield. Defensive coordinators would have nightmares trying to stop Thomas and Christian Watson in the same offense.

Pro Football Network, Ian Cummings: Kool-Aid McKinstry, CB, Alabama

After addressing one of the starting safety positions in free agency, the Packers could focus on cornerback early in the draft. They need more depth on the outside, especially with Eric Stokes' recent injury history.

Alabama's Kool-Aid McKinstry is one of the top corners in the class and would immediately compete for a starting job opposite Jaire Alexander. He didn't work out at the NFL Combine, so his Pro Day numbers will be important.

Kyle Stackpole, CBS Sports: Laiatu Latu, EDGE, UCLA

Brian Gutekunst loves to focus on premium positions early and has used two first-rounders on edge rushers, including Lukas Van Ness last year. It won't be surprising if they use another early pick to bolster the pass rush.

UCLA's Laiatu Latu is one of the best edge defenders in the class, having made 23.5 sacks in the past two seasons. A pass rush of Latu, Rashan Gary, Preston Smith, and Van Ness would be as good as any.

Kyle Dvorchak, NBC Sports: Cooper DeJean, CB, Iowa

Adding Xavier McKinney and Cooper DeJean to the secondary? Now, that would be incredible. DeJean can line up almost anywhere. Green Bay may view him as an outside corner, a replacement for Keisean Nixon in the slot, or even a starting safety next to McKinney. DeJean can do it all. Sign me up.

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