This will be my first mock draft. Come this offseason, I will release a mock draft once a week. Each one I will work out a different scenario. I will use a variety of different mock draft simulators through the process.
For now, I will hold off on things like trading up, trading down, best player available, etc…But I will keep in mind how Gutekunst has ran his drafts since taking the reigns from Ted Thompson. He is a disciple of both Wolf and Thompson, so he learned from both and has taken some things from both of them and applied them to his approach. I would say scouting and positional value wise he seems to learn more to Thompson, but he attacks the draft a lot more like Ron Wolf. He is more willing to move all around the board, than Ted Thompson ever was. I will get into more detail the types of things they look for in players at each position in another article.
For this mock I used the draft network.
Round 1, Pick 31: Samuel Cosmi OT, Texas
Samuel Cosmi fits what Gutey likes in the first. Athletic guys with lots of upside. They prioritize pass blocking over run blocking. The packers will need a a right tackle of the future. Billy Turner has two years left on his contract and he will be over 30 by then. Also with Bakhtiari having torn his ACL in December he will end up missing at least half of next season and Wagner was just a one year band aid who can’t stay healthy. So while still raw Cosmi would probably start half the season at right tackle.
Round 2, Pick 63: Daviyon Nixon IDL, Iowa
Daviyon Nixon would be like a bigger Mike Daniels. At least that is the upside. He can stop the run and penetrate and get after the passer. He would be a great compliment to Clark.
Round 3, Pick 95: Tylan Wallace WR, Oklahoma State
While he is only 6’0 185 Tylan Wallace plays like a guy that is two inches taller and 30 pounds heavier. He is very physical with the ball in his hand and rarely goes down on first contact. Wallace is great at 50/50 jump balls. He shows explosiveness down the field with the ball in his hands. Good blocker.
Round 4, Pick 132: Ambry Thomas CB, Michigan
Ambry Thomas has good size. He probably needs to add some mass/muscle. He is best playing in press which fits what the Packers like. Thomas plays hard as well and is a willing tackler which is another attribute they like. Has good ball skills.
Round 5, Pick 137: Jermar Jefferson RB, Oregon State
Jemar Jefferson is a smaller back in the mold of Aaron Jones. He will probably never be a ‘bell cow’ running back, but in tandem with AJ Dillon? He would excel. Jefferson has a similar skill set to Jones, he can take it up the A gap, he can stretch it out, he can be split out. He does need work on his pass pro and could be a better route runner but that is the majority of college backs. A hard runner as well and will break some tackles.
Round 6, Pick 171: Alec Lindstrom IOL, Boston College
Alec Lindstrom brings the versatility they like. He can play both center and guard. Has NFL bloodlines from his father and brother. Plays hard and plays with power and can get out on the 2nd level. Could still add some weight to his anchor. Could start at center as a rookie or back up.
Round 6, Pick 175: Reed Blankenship S, Middle Tennessee