The Green Bay Packers upgraded at a premium position on the draft's opening night, strengthening the pass rush with Iowa's Lukas Van Ness.
While the Packers again ignored offense in the first round, they have more than enough time to put that right moving forward. Entering Day 2 with three picks, including two early in the second round, Green Bay is perfectly positioned to land some talented playmakers on Friday.
Fans may be disappointed that Jaxon Smith-Njigba won't be catching passes from Jordan Love this season, but when looking at the bigger picture, it could work beautifully for the Packers.
Along with Van Ness, many of the best edge rushers in this year's class came off the board in Round 1. However, only one tight end is gone, and there is great depth at wide receiver.
If this mock draft by NFL.com comes true, Packers GM Brian Gutekunst will look like a genius.
NFL.com updated Day 2 mock draft makes Packers GM look like a genius
Following the excitement of the opening night, Lance Zierlein of NFL.com has put together an updated mock draft for Day 2.
Zierlein has Green Bay selecting Tennessee wide receiver Cedric Tillman at No. 42, Iowa tight end Sam LaPorta at No. 45, and Alabama safety Jordan Battle at No. 78.
An absolute home run.
In this scenario, the Packers would land a wide receiver who may end up as one of the best in the class. Tillman's size and toughness makes him an excellent fit in Matt LaFleur's offense. Tillman starts from Day 1.
LaPorta is a phenomenal receiving tight end who would provide the Packers' offense with the missing ingredient. Green Bay has searched for a game-changer at the position for years. LaPorta is it.
With Love getting help in the second round, Zierlein has the Packers upgrading a position of need in the third with Battle. He can be a solid starter who can do everything required of him. Sounds a lot like Adrian Amos, doesn't it?
And that's exactly who Battle would be replacing in Green Bay.
If the Packers come away with Tillman, LaPorta, and Battle on Day 2, Gutekunst will have played it perfectly. His decision to go pass rusher in Round 1 would look even better.