Packers hit a home run in final 2024 NFL Mock Draft before Round 1

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Expect the unexpected from the Green Bay Packers on draft night.

The Packers have thresholds and preferences, but they also have a history of making moves nobody sees coming. Whether it's taking Jordan Love when they seemingly didn't need a quarterback, Eric Stokes and Quay Walker, who were projected Day 2 picks, or even Jayden Reed, who didn't meet all of their wide receiver thresholds, a surprise is always possible.

We're predicting another unexpected pick in our final Packers 2024 NFL mock draft.

BYU tackle Kingsley Suamataia has been linked to the Packers throughout the offseason but is projected to go in Round 2.

Not in this mock draft.

Final Packers 5-round mock draft before Round 1

Round 1 (25): Kingsley Suamataia, T, BYU

Kingsley Suamataia at No. 25 would be a surprising pick, but it shouldn't be. It's exactly the type of move the Packers love to make in Round 1. They previously took Quay Walker and Eric Stokes on the opening night, both considered second-rounders on various consensus boards. They were banking on their elite traits and athleticism.

There are various opinions on where Suamataia will get drafted, but NFL Network's Tom Pelissero believes he could be a surprise first-rounder.

At 6-foot-5 and 326 pounds with a Relative Athletic Score of 9.40 out of 10, Suamataia perfectly fits the Packers' athletic profile. He offers experience at left and right tackle and could move inside at the next level.

The Packers aren't afraid to "reach" for prospects with elite traits and athleticism who need time to develop. Suamataia may not be a Day 1 starter, but his potential and positional versatility could interest the Packers.

Round 2 (41): Max Melton, CB, Rutgers

Max Melton to Green Bay makes so much sense, and not just because he would be reunited with his brother, Bo.

What do the Packers love? Athleticism, versatility, production, prospects invited to the Senior Bowl, and top performers at the NFL Combine. Melton checks all of those boxes. He has an elite Relative Athletic Score of 9.09, can line up outside or in the slot, and has made 21 pass defenses and eight interceptions over the past three seasons.

Melton could immediately compete for a starting job opposite Jaire Alexander or at nickel.

Round 2 (58): Jonathon Brooks, RB, Texas

Jonathan Brooks is the best running back in the class, and had it not been for a torn ACL, his draft stock may have been even higher. The Packers invested heavily at running back by signing Josh Jacobs, but the contract they gave AJ Dillon hardly showed long-term commitment.

Green Bay wouldn't need Brooks to play a full-time role right away, allowing him to ease back in after a significant injury. He has the potential to eventually lead the backfield with his ability to play on all three downs. With Jacobs, Brooks, and Dillon, the Packers could have the best running back room in the league.

"Brooks is an ideal blend of size, speed, strength and agility. Though limited in snap totals, he has good vision in both gap and zone run schemes," writes Trevor Sikkema of PFF.

Round 3 (88): Cole Bishop, S, Utah

No safety fits what the Packers are searching for more than Cole Bishop.

"Those guys, I'd love to be interchangeable. I'd like them to be able to do everything," said general manager Brian Gutekunst. "That's really tough on an offense when those guys can move down inside, they can play the post, they can go in the nickel and cover."

Sure sounds like Bishop, who played deep, in the box, and in the slot at Utah. At 6-foot-2, 209 pounds, Bishop plays with the physicality to line up at strong safety, but he could rotate with Xavier McKinney, allowing Jeff Hafley to get creative.

Round 3 (91): Devontez Walker, WR, North Carolina

This would be another surprising pick, but it probably shouldn't be. The Packers have five top-100 picks, giving them the flexibility to build on a strength at wide receiver. Restocking the receiving corps for Jordan Love is never a bad idea.

Christian Watson is a game-changer when healthy, but he has dealt with hamstring issues in his first two seasons. The Packers lack another deep threat with elite speed, which Devontez Walker would bring to Green Bay. Walker has a 9.76 Relative Athletic Score and ran an incredible 4.36-second 40-yard dash.

Walker met virtually with the Packers ahead of the draft. He is a potential difference-maker in the NFL, and it's fun to imagine the possibilities of Walker and Watson on the field at the same time.

Round 4 (126): Trevin Wallace, LB, Kentucky

If the Packers miss out on Edgerrin Cooper in the early rounds, look out for Kentucky's Trevin Wallace on Day 3. Green Bay hosted Wallace for a pre-draft visit, and he checks a lot of boxes. Wallace is 21 years old and has an elite 9.34 RAS. With his speed and athleticism, Wallace can become a starter in Jeff Hafley's defense while immediately making an impact on special teams.

Round 5 (169): Tylan Grable, T, UCF

Tylan Grable is an excellent athlete with positional versatility. The former quarterback played at tackle in college but could move inside. Grable needs time to develop, but few teams have a better track record of developing offensive linemen than the Packers. He has an elite 9.85 RAS and, in time, has starting potential.

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