Welcome to my third annual Packers Anti Mock Draft. This mock draft is not ordinary. It is a mock draft full of misfits for the Green Bay Packers. These players made their way onto this mock for a wide variety of reasons. You might see a player with a gruesome past on this mock draft, a player who simply cannot stay healthy, or maybe an offensive linemen who cannot pass protect & and everything in between. Lets get started…
Round 1: Pick 12 – D.K. Metcalf, WR – Mississippi
Honorable Mention: Rashan Gary, EDGE – Michigan
A lot of Packer fans really like D.K. Metcalf, however most seem to not want anything to do with him at number 12 overall. I recently tweeted a question asking my followers to respond with the draft prospects they dislike the most, and Metcalf was mentioned in nearly all of the responses I got. I will say that Metcalf is a very intriguing prospect. He is tall and strong and runs down field very fast. The problem with Metcalf’s athletic profile is that he tested very low in agility drills.
According to mockdraftable.com D.K. Metcalf tested in the 3rd percentile in 20 yard shuttle (4.5 sec) and the 2nd percentile in 3 cone time (7.38) for wideouts. There are concerns about Metcalf’s route running ability as well as his ability to catch the ball. On top of all that, Metcalf sustained serious injuries in 2016 (foot) and 2018 (neck) which could be a concern for his long-term health.
Round 1: Pick 30 – Daniel Jones, QB – Duke
After the Packers brought in Drew lock for a visit, there has been a lot of noise about the Packers drafting a quarterback early in this draft. The Packers were rumored to be interested in bringing in Jones for a visit as well, but that never materialized. The obvious argument for a quarterback at this spot is that “The Packers drafted Aaron Rodgers in this spot when Brett Favre was the same age as Rodgers is now”.
What is missing from that argument is that Brett Favre flirted with retirement early by that time in his career, and Aaron Rodgers has always stuck with the fact that he wanted to have a long career. I am a firm believer that you should not draft a player in the first round if you hope he doesn’t play for his entire rookie contract. The Packers will have Aaron Rodgers for the remainder of his contract. It is too early to be investing this kind of capital in a quarterback prospect, especially given all the holes Green Bay has in its current roster.
Round 2: Connor McGovern, G – Penn State
Connor McGovern has NFL ready size and strength, and is a real good run blocker. The problem with his game is that he is not an outstanding pass blocker. With Aaron Rodgers having some injury issues in the last few season, it is important to put him behind a line that can protect him well. McGovern is a good fit in the new zone running scheme, but is that worth a 2nd round pick? Probably not.
The Packers were luck to welcome back 2018 5th round pick Cole Madison after a year away from football. Brian Gutekunst recently described Cole Madison as “looking like the 6 foot-5 300 pounder we drafted last season” in his media availability. The Packers signed Billy Turner to be their starting right guard, and they have Madison, Justin McCray & Nico Siragusa as competition at guard as well. Round 2 is a little too rich for my blood for a guard in this draft.
Round 3: Damien Harris, RB – Alabama
I do not hate Damien Harris as a prospect for the Packers. He is a big and powerful runner. Harris would fit well in the zone running scheme the Packers will feature under their new head coach. Harris mostly makes this list because of his position. The Packers obviously have a wide variety of needs on both sides of the ball. Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams are living proof that you can get production at running back on day 3 of the draft. Aaron Jones led the NFL in yard per carry average last year, and Williams was no slouch either. This is simply not big enough of a need to spend a day pick on.
Round 4: Austin Bryant, EDGE – Clemson
Austin Bryant is the classic square peg in a round hole situation for the Packers. We saw it when players like Datone Jones and Nick Perry landed in Green Bay. Austin Bryant is a 4-3 defensive end at 6 foot-4 271 pounds. He is lacking in play strength and balance, so he found himself on the ground far too much in college. Bryant also struggles mightily against the run as well. His pass rush potential will be worth a day 3 pick for a 4-3 team, but not the Packers.
Round 5: Paul Adams, OT – Missouri
Fun fact, Paul Adams was coached by former Packers quarterback Ingle Martin in high school. Adams is listed as a tackle, but may be drafted as a guard. His strength is run blocking, but he has all sorts of issues in pass protection. This goes back to keeping Aaron Rodgers upright and on the field. A run blocking tackle is not what Green Bay needs right now, and they seem to have 2 or 3 similar prospects at guard behind starters Lane Taylor and Billy Turner.
Round 6: Austin Seibert, K – Oklahoma
I couldn’t put a punter or long snapper on here this year, so let’s go with a kicker. Mason Crosby is in the final year of his deal. He is coming off a season in which he had a meltdown game against the Lions, but bounced back for the remainder of the season. Young kickers lose games for their teams all the time, we saw it in an overtime game against the Vikings this past season. The Packers should stick with Crosby rather than going with Austin Seibert who is very inconsistent with kicks from over 40 yards.
Round 7: Lil’jordan Humphrey, WR – Texas
I would hate this pick for a couple of reasons. Firstly Humphrey ran a 4.75 40 yard dash at 6 foot-4 210 pounds, and is very much a slower possession receiver. I also would dislike this pick because the Packers have a plethora of developmental wideouts on their roster already. I think if the Packers pick a wideout, it should be before the end of day 2, otherwise I would not bother. Picking Humphrey would likely place him below guys like Jake Kumerow, Trevor Davis, and all 3 of the second year wideouts in addition to Davante Adams and Geronimo Allison. There is no reason to bury a wide receiver on the depth chart and risk losing him when he likely doesn’t make the roster.
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