Defense, defense, defense. In this mock, I stuck with mostly defensive players. The idea for this one is: Gutekunst may approach the draft with emphasis on the fact that the Packers had the #1 offense last season, so it may only need a couple tweaks. I used Profootball Networks mock draft machine.
The PFN doe not include comp picks.
You can read my previous mock here
I did trade down a few times. This is a pretty deep draft. I could definitely see the Packers trading down regardless. On to the draft!
Round 2, Pick 38. Eric Stokes, CB, Georgia
To my surprise, Stokes slipped to the 2nd. Once the actual draft comes around he probably won’t be. At least not at pick 38. He has good size. Can play press. Gets a little too physical sometimes which may draw some PI calls. He can play zone also. Doesn’t have elite physical traits. Could improve his technique. Has a high floor, but also has some upside. Stokes would probably start as a rookie or end up as the nickel corner.
Round 2, Pick 63. Dylan Moses, LB, Alabama
Knowing how the Packers don’t value linebackers, it’s questionable they would pick one here. Very good value though at the end of the 2nd. Coming off a torn ACL in August of 2019, Moses played in 13 games in 2020. Before the torn ACL he was viewed as a very high draft pick. Has good size at 6’3 240. Athletic. Long arms. Has sideline to sideline range. Physical. Has shown to be a good blitzer. He would be a prime candidate to slide into the weakside spot next to Barnes.
Round 3, Pick 92. Jermar Jefferson, RB, Oregon State
One of the few offensive picks I made. This is under the assumption that Jones and Williams walk. He would be a great compliment to Dillon. Jermar Jefferson brings a similar skill set to Aaron Jones, with a little more size at 215. Athletic, agile. Shows some good contact balance. Usually lands forward when tackled. Needs to develop his route running like most college running backs. He can take it to the house, but is not a speed demon. He will probably run in the high 4.4-4.5.
Round 4, Pick 105. Marvin Wilson, DT, Florida State
Great value in the 4th. He would probably start next to Clark. Can stop the run and get in the back field and effect the passer. good size, over 315. Good quickness. Shows good power when he uses good technique. Needs to play more square to the line. Gets turned too easily. Could probably rework his body a little.
Round 5, Pick 129. Daelin Hayes, EDGE, Notre Dame
With Preston Smit as a possible cap casualty being cut, the Packers will need a #3 edge rusher and Garvin showed some flashes, but not enough. Bigger guy with long arms. Still has upside as a pass rusher. Can play at the POA and stop the run. Career high in sacks is only 3. Probably will never be a great pass rusher, but he could be ok if he developed his moves a bit more.
Round 5, Pick 130. James Wiggins, S, Cincinnati
If healthy Wiggins is amazing value. Going into his junior year, he was looking to be a early declare candidate, but he tore his ACL in practice before the first week of the season. He then tore his meniscus during his rehab which set him back. A great athlete when healthy. Has great ball skills. Plays physical. Versatile. He can play deep, he can play the slot, zone. Needs work on his tackling. If he can get completely healthy can be a pretty good true free safety. Wiggins would be the #3 safety if healthy.
Round 5, Pick 137. Austin Watkins, WR, UAB
JUCO transfer. Big play threat. Looked good at the senior bowl practices. Great hands. Needs development in his route running. Fluid. Shows the ability to get some YAC. Good speed. Could probably return kicks. would probably slide into the #4 receiver role and add some explosiveness the group is lacking.
Round 6, Pick 192. Olaijah Griffin, CB, USC
Sone of rapper Warren G. He slipped a little further than expected. Chandon Sullivan struggled in the NFC championship game, and struggled a little during the regular season as well. The Packers could look at bringing in some competition. He is a willing tackling against receivers and running backs. Plays press coverage. Has long arms. 6’1 but a little undersized around 175. Probably will show up for pro day a little heavier. So he could use an offseason working in a pro strength and conditioning program. Has some experience is zone as well. More than likely would start out as the dime and special teams.
Round 7, Pick 222. Jimmy Morrissey, OC, Pitt
Depth for center. Possibility he could develop into a starter. Should develop into a decent back up at least. Hanson is coming off an injury so who knows with him. Morrissey is a 3 year starter. Shows good technique. Plays hard. Bends at the knees. Rarely on the ground. Uses his hands well. Strength is average. Not a power blocker, rarely pancakes guys. Struggles sometimes against quicker defensive linemen.
There you have it. A defensive heavy draft.
Go Pack Go!