Packers land a generational talent in this 2024 NFL mock draft

Minnesota Vikings v Green Bay Packers
Minnesota Vikings v Green Bay Packers / Patrick McDermott/GettyImages
3 of 4

Round 2 (49): Patrick Paul, T, Houston

After addressing wide receiver and cornerback, it's about time the Packers added some reinforcements along the offensive line. Tackle may top the list of offseason needs. David Bakhtiari's status is uncertain in 2024, and Yosh Nijman is a free agent.

Green Bay's entire offensive line isn't playing well enough, particularly in run-blocking. Making a coaching change in the offseason could help, but the Packers also need to draft a tackle.

Zach Tom is having a solid season at right tackle, but second-year Rasheed Walker has struggled at left tackle. If Tom continues to play on the right side of the line, Green Bay may need to find a new starting left tackle.

Enter Houston's Patrick Paul. With all the talent at offensive tackle in this year's class, Paul could fall to the second round.

"The massive 6-foot-7 Paul has earned elite pass-blocking grades the past two seasons, thanks to his elite length and nimble feet," writes Trevor Sikkema of Pro Football Focus.

Paul has dominated as a pass-protector this season, but he can also run block. Walker has struggled this year, and unless Bakhtiari is healthy or Nijman re-signs, the Packers will need to draft a tackle early. If they miss out in the first round, Paul is a name to watch on Day 2.