Alright guys, this mock, I am calling it the Brian Gutekunst special!
So what we have seen from him in his short time as GM is that when he finds a position to be a weakness he throws multiple draft picks at it. I did that in this draft where I drafted multiple players at positions of weakness. So check it out!
Round 1, Pick 29 Greg Newsome II, CB, Northwestern
I had mock Newsome to GB in my first mock back when most had him as a 2nd or 3rd round pick. Now all the sudden everyone has him as a 1st round pick. He is still a great fit for the Packers and there has been talk of him going even earlier. Newsome is a bit raw, but would still have a good chance at starting as a rookie if not being the nickel back.
Round 2, Pick 62 James Hudson, OT, Cincinnati
Hudson is somewhat similar to Newsome. He has really come on since the senior bowl. Still a bit raw with tons of upside. If he came in and hit the ground running he would have a shot at starting at RT as a rookie. He fits the Packers style of offensive linemen. Hudson would be, at worst, the swing tackle.
Round 3, Pick 92 Alim McNeill, IDL, NC State
McNeill is a powerful interior lineman who has played well against the run. He has shown a developing pass rushing skill set. Reminds me a little of Davon Hamilton from last years draft. With his ability to stop the run he would probably start next to Kenny Clark.
Round 4, Pick 135 Ambry Thomas, CB, Michigan
Another big upside guy. Thomas has skills and upside. He just opted out of last season, so he’s been kind of forgotten. Physical press man cover corner. He has OK speed, but a good overall athlete. At least he would be the dime back and contribute on special teams. He has more upside and athleticism than that of Chandon Sullivan.
Round 4, Pick 142 Brady Christensen, OT, BYU
Christiansen is almost the opposite of Hudson. He has been a three year starter and uses good technique. He just doesn’t have Hudson’s upside. Christensen would probably be the #4 tackle. There is a chance he could see more playing time as a rookie if Hudson just isn’t ready yet. Its doubtful that he could play left tackle in the NFL. Christensen would be a good option as a back up RT. With some development he could become a starting right tackle level player.
Round 5, Pick 174 Josh Palmer, WR, Tennessee
Palmer is one of three picks that did not really fit as a position of weakness. I just wanted to get a receiver since all the Packers receivers will be free agents after next season. He also fits their profile. Tall, physical, good blocker, good all around athlete. He would be looking at being the #4 or #5 receiver as a rookie.
Round 5, Pick 178 Bobby Brown III, IDL, Texas A&M
Brown is just a pure run stuffing nose tackle. His motor runs a little hot and cold when asked to pass rush. He could replace Lancaster and be an upgrade as a rookie.
Round 6, Pick 215 Chris Evans, RB, Michigan
I wanted to get a running back earlier, just like in the actual draft, it just doesn’t always work out. Still Evans has upside. He has good size, contact balance, and agility. Evans can also catch the ball. He can also play on 3rd downs. He would have a good shot at being the #2 back and especially 3rd down back.
Round 6 Pick 221 Micheal Clemons, EDGE, Texas A&M
Depth pick. Packers need depth with the expected release of P. Smith. The Packers do not have much behind Z and Gary. He could be the #3 or #4 edge. He fits their style. Big, strong, long arms, and physical players with some athletic upside.
Round 7 Pick 250 Camryn Bynum, CB, California
Bynum was kind of just a best player available pick. He has size that the packers like. Bynum also is a physical player. His speed is just ok. I actually think he could move to safety or at least be used at both spots. Kind of like a Micah Hyde role.
Well there you go. Let me know what you guys thinks. and Go Pack Go!