Packers build for future without Kenny Clark in 4-round mock draft

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The Green Bay Packers have a decision to make on Kenny Clark's future.

Clark has one year remaining on his contract and is entering his age-29 season having played 123 games for the Packers. Are they willing to make him one of the highest-paid defensive linemen in the NFL on a deal that will go into his 30s? They absolutely could, but it's no guarantee.

What if Green Bay decides to move on from the three-time Pro Bowler? The team has invested resources in rebuilding the defensive line, including using a first-round pick on Devonte Wyatt two years ago.

The Packers still have time to decide, but the upcoming draft could give us a clue. They have done their homework on the defensive tackle class, and if they add a lineman early, it could indicate they are preparing for a future without Clark. That's how this four-round mock draft plays out.

Round 1 (25): Troy Fautanu, T, Washington

This would be a home run. Washington's Troy Fautanu could be a top-15 pick, but he was still available at No. 25 in this mock draft simulation, making it an easy choice for Green Bay. The NFL Mock Draft Database consensus board has Fautanu at No. 20, so it's not out of the realm of possibility.

Fautanu played at left tackle in college but offers the versatility to play any of the five positions. After an outstanding NFL Combine performance, Fautanu earned a Relative Athletic Score of 9.62 out of 10 at tackle, 9.94 at guard, and a perfect 10.00 at center.

Whether the Packers view him as their long-term starting left tackle or move him to an interior position doesn't matter. Fautanu has All-Pro potential and would elevate both the passing and rushing offense to another level.