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

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

Brian Gutekunst is confident in the Packers' cornerback room, but it would be a mistake not to address the position in the early rounds. Jaire Alexander is an All-Pro but has missed 24 games over the past three seasons. Eric Stokes has only played 110 snaps since suffering a season-ending injury in 2022.

The Packers can't guarantee Carrington Valentine is a long-term starter despite showing promise in his rookie season. Green Bay also lacks options at slot corner outside of Keisean Nixon.

Rutgers' Max Melton would ease those concerns. Melton is one of the best cornerbacks in the class and can play inside or outside. Gutekunst spoke about the importance of the Packers' defensive backs being able to move around—Melton can do that. He could compete for a starting job opposite Alexander on the outside or in the slot instead of Nixon.

Melton was one of the top performers at the NFL Combine, helping him earn an elite Relative Athletic Score of 9.10.

Green Bay should add a cornerback in the early rounds, and it won't be surprising if Melton is near the top of the list. He is an outstanding athlete, offers positional versatility, and has the potential to become an excellent starter.