With the Draft less than a week away it’s time we take a look at a new crop of potentials that “The Sizzler” could pull the trigger on this week. It’s been clearly documented that this team is in dire need of defensive playmakers at all three levels. But what if Ted goes ahead and doesn’t fully invest in defense? What if we get a little offense too? Sound crazy? Just R-E-L-A-X and let me break it on down for you:

 

With the 29th pick in 2017 NFL Draft the Green Bay Packers select:

Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee (6’3, 259 lbs)

To me, the safest bet at the position. Whether or not he lands at 29 to us is a whole other story. Its very possible he is gone in the teens. And it is also very possible that he lands right at 29 because you have a couple of knucklehead teams that flip the script. There are always a few that throw a curveball that starts the domino effect. Barnett could be a result of that. And he would be an excellent fit in Green Bay. Now, I know he doesn’t have the jump off the ball like Takkarist Mckinley, or the sheer athleticism of Myles Garrett, or the exciting name like T.J Watt, but he has a whole bag full of skills. He is probably the most NFL ready of all  the edge rushers. He will be your 7 sacks a year for 10 years’ kind of guy. He won’t win NFL Defensive Player of the Year, but he could be a perennial All-Pro.

With the 61st pick in 2017 NFL Draft the Green Bay Packers select:

Kevin King, CB, Washington (6’3, 200 lbs)

2nd Round and finally a corner. At this point in the draft, I am sure 20% of Packer fans have exploded due to lack of corners we have drafted. But here it is! My only concern with King in the 2nd is, is that I don’t know if King will be available in the 2nd. His teammate, Sidney Jones, who many had rated higher than King, unfortunately tore his Achilles while working out at his pro day. Jones has since undergone surgery and will probably drop to the second day of the 2017 draft after being a sure-fire first-rounder. King, on the other hand, skyrocketed up the draft boards which is why I don’t know for sure if he will be available in the 2nd. But if he is, he is a lock. At 6’3, he can match up with the bigger receivers that we will have to face this year in Julio Jones, Dez Bryant, A.J. Green, and Mike Evans. Happy? We got a corner!

With the 93rd pick in 2017 NFL Draft the Green Bay Packers select:

Pat Elfein, C/G, Ohio State (6’3, 303 lbs)

I know. I had this guy in the last mock. How original. But, here is the deal, he is the best fit for Green Bay and what we need. Elfein is an aggressive lineman with the ability to play multiple positions. He started at Ohio State at left guard, and finished at center. A think bodied lineman, he possesses a high level of quickness off the snap and shows good awareness when reading blitzes. With the loss of both T.J. Lang and J.C. Tretter, the Packers are in need of some help amongst the interior of the line. Someone who can fill in at both the positions of need would not only shore up some depth, but also be part of Ted’s MO.

 

With the 134th pick in 2017 NFL Draft the Green Bay Packers select:

 

Carlos Henderson, WR, Louisiana Tech (5’11, 199 lbs)

Let me preface this pick before you guys tear my head off with this: We NEED to consider the WR position in this year’s draft. Jordy Nelson, who will most likely have another 1,000-yard season and probably 10 TD’s is still turning 32 before the season starts. There is also an out for the Packers that can be taken. Davante Adams is entering a contract year, and if you have ever watched football, then you know that players strive to thrive during their contract year. So, expect Adams to have a monster year which in turn demands monster money. And at that point does Nelson become the casualty in order to spare some change. Or do we need to look at Randall Cobb, who like Nelson also has an out after this year. Cobb is set to make $8.6 million this year and could potentially make the same next year. That could be a large chunk to help lock down Davante. So basically, there is a possibility that Davante could be the only one of those three receivers back. Now that’s obviously a little crazy, but in the same breath, it’s possible. Henderson brings a diverse skill set at the slot position and could fill that need if Ted decides to go that route. Either way, I think one of those three receivers is not with us after next year. So, we need to get someone in place.

With the 174th pick in 2017 NFL Draft the Green Bay Packers select:

 

James Conner, RB, Pittsburgh (6’1, 233 lbs)

Conner is the feel-good story of the year. After he tore his ACL in 2015, he was diagnosed with cancer. It was a triumph for Conner to return to the field and find the end zone as much as he did in 2016. A lot of reports will focus on his lack of speed and that he is more of a power back than anything is a little disturbing. I watched many of his games and I can tell you that he is much more than a “power back”. With Ty Montgomery and Christine Michael on the roster, it’s easy to say that we need some depth at RB. Spending a pick any higher than this will be a stretch. There is a bevy of top talent even in the latter rounds.

With the 184th pick in 2017 NFL Draft the Green Bay Packers select:

Desmond King, CB, Iowa (5’10, 201 lbs)

Another one of those guys who I am just not sure will be there this late. So, don’t get on me too much here, but this guy is one of my absolute favorite players in the draft. And to be totally honest, he is/has been one of my favorites for the past couple years. One of the most consistent players in college football over that time. King is listed as a CB, but most scouts believe he will end up as a safety because of his lack of speed. That I am not sure of. I think game speed is much different that combine speed. And King has been nothing short of tremendous for the Hawkeyes. In fact, he reminds me a lot of another guy we had from Iowa who was a hybrid corner/safety. And that guy just ended up in Buffalo. We could use another guy who could slide into the slot and also drop back into the safety role considering that Burnett is up for contract and we all know how Ted is when it comes to resigning players after 28 years old.

With the 214th pick in 2017 NFL Draft the Green Bay Packers select:

Chase Roullier, C/G, Wyoming (6’4, 312 lbs)

My sleeper of the draft. Not highly touted on most people’s boards and unknown to the common fan, Roullier is a beast. Highly recruited by the University of Wisconsin (They are pretty legit when it comes to OL) he chose Wyoming and dominated the Mountain West conference. Started his career at both center and guard and then started at left guard during his sophomore and junior seasons only to return to center his senior season. Again, a versatile lineman who can move across the line. See the theme here? And if we want to look ahead, with Tretter gone, Linsley remains as the only real center on the team with any minutes. He will be a free agent at the end of the year, and depending on how Ted feels about him, he too could be gone. I love this kid. Thick lower body with big calves and thighs. Body is built to anchor. Well-schooled and technically sound. Generates momentum into down blocks and fork-lifts defensive tackles off their spots. Good power as drive blocker, but functional in space as well.

 

With the 249th pick in 2017 NFL Draft the Green Bay Packers select:

Josh Malone, WR, Tennesee (6’3, 208 lbs)

When we get to the 7th Round, it’s a toss-up. Ted could go anywhere here. I have him going for another WR option. A big target for Aaron to check in on. He was extremely successful in his senior season with the Vols, catching 50 passes for 972 yards and 11 touchdowns. And it was done quietly, as most of the attention in Knoxville was based around QB Joshua Dobbs and RB Alvin Kamara. Malone could end up going earlier than this but he could very well drop to UFA. Dobbs wasn’t the most consistent of throwers and tended to have a run first option which depleted Malone’s numbers. And those numbers were still pretty dang good. Imagine him with a legit passer. I don’t know…maybe someone like Aaron fricking Rodgers!


Alright folks! That is my Packers 7-Round Mock Draft 2.0. I know you have your issues with it. I am cool with that. I wanna hear them. Let’s talk about them. Leave some comments. We only got a few more days until this thing gets going! Let’s hash it out! #GoPackGo

 

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