With round one of the 2017 NFL draft in the books, we Packer fans still haven’t seen anyone drafted by our team. The Packers front office made a trade with the Browns, acquiring the first pick of the second round in addition to the first pick in the fourth. I liked the move personally. Most of the players I was really high on were off the board, except Reuben Foster of course. The Packers essentially will get the same caliber of player at the beginning of the second round, and add a quality player early on in the fourth round.
Today we will see rounds 2 through 3 picked, this is where Ted Thompson finds his draft gold people. Rounds 2 through 5 are Teds absolute sweet spot, and really the time Packers fans should be paying the most attention. There has been a lot of chatter today about trading back in the second round again, and the move could be a reality.
This draft is deep at all the positions of need for the Packers, so I think they should take advantage by getting as many picks as possible. One underrated move the front office might try is trading up in the second or third round to grab a player they really like. They have been know to do just that in the second round. There is just so many possibilities in this draft for Green Bay, so I thought I’d explore some of them with a rounds 2-4 mock draft. Hold onto the fake dairy products on your heads lady’s and gentlemen, this ones gonna be wild early.
Day 2 of the 2017 NFL Draft is Open, The Green Bay Packers are on The Clock………For now.
RD 2 Pick 7 (From The NY Jets)
The Pick: CB, Chidobe Awuzie- Colorado (6′ 202Lbs.)
Yes, I do believe there’s a high possibility that the Packers trade out again. In fact, it is more likely that they trade out than pick any prospect I could mock to them with the first pick in the 2nd round. The Jets move up to select a quarterback in Deshone Kizer from Notre Dame, the Packers get their second round pick, and a late third round comp pick in return.
I’d like to start out by saying I like Awuzie at no. 29, so I would be very glad to have him at pick number 39 instead. Chidobe Awuzie is that quick guy (4.43 40) with good size the Packers need in their cornerback room. He is great in press man from outside and in the slot. Shifty receivers do not give this guy nightmares, which is important based on what they did to the defense last year. You can utilize him on corner blitzes. Despite being poor against the run, Awuzie has all the things he needs to be that shutdown corner this defense needs.
RD 2 Pick 29
The Pick: RB, Joe Mixon- Oklahoma (6’1 226Lbs.)
You might be saying to yourself that you don’t think Mixon will be there at the end of the round, but believe me it is a possibility. I considered having them trade up for him, but I simply do not think Ted would go out of his way to trade up for a player with character issues. I do no condone what Joe Mixon did, I have to be clear on that. I have been adamant about the fact that I think Mixon is better on and off the field than Dalvin Cook. Mixon’s one big issue was years ago, and he really hasn’t done much since to make me think he’d do something so horrible again. I wasn’t a fan of his early on. The statements of the victim in his assault really swayed me in a big way, check them out if you haven’t already.
Moving on to Mixon as a player…he is the next David Johnson in my opinion. He can do so many things besides running for an offense. He’s great in the passing game both as a catcher and a blocker, and that is very important in this offense. He ran a 4.5 40 at his pro day, which is blazing fast for a man of his size. I watch his tape and it is just astounding. He really is a perfect fit for what the Packers do on offense. Look out for this team if they add this dynamic threat at running back…
RD 3 Pick 20 (From Tampa Bay)
The Pick: EDGE, Derek Rivers- Youngstown St. (6’4 248Lbs.)
Ted likes Rivers, so he hops ahead of Detroit and selects him. The Bucs receive our 4th rounder in return. Derek Rivers falls into the mid third, and Green Bay gets a steal. Rivers has great length, size, and a lot of raw athleticism. His 4.6 40 time coupled with his physical attributes offer him pro bowl potential. He brings it on every play. Rivers will have a lot to learn from Clay Matthews and Nick Perry about playing the position well, but if he figures it all out we may be looking at a our next great edge rusher.
RD 3 Pick 43 (From The NY Jets)
The Pick: CB, Ahkello Witherspoon- Colorado (6’3″ 198Lbs.)
The Packers front office liked what the saw of Witherspoon when they were scouting Awuzie, so they decided to keep the talents together. Ahkello Witherspoon is criminally underrated because of the depth at corner in this draft. I’ve been saying for weeks that he reminds me of Kevin King from Washington, but you could get him in the third. Witherspoon’s athleticism is ridiculous for that of a guy who is 6’3. His vertical jump of 40.5″ made him the top performer at cornerback in at the combine. I can only imagine his range at 6’3″ with 33 inch arms and such a high vertical. He also finished 4th in the 60 yard shuttle and ran a 4.45 40. Scouts rave about his high football IQ. He can struggle to tackle, and could stand to gain some mass. This is an A+ pickup in my opinion, without question my favorite on this mock.
RD 4 Pick 1 (From Cleveland)
The Pick: EDGE, Ryan Anderson- Alabama (6’2″ 253Lbs.)
The Packers double dip at both corner and edge because of their abundance of picks. I’m higher on Ryan Anderson than most. He was very productive at Alabama. He plays the run a lot better than most prospects you’d find in the early fourth round. His ability against the run is solidified by how well he plays in terms of leverage. He has a few moves that he does very well, but needs to develop more at the next level. Another concern is his ability to cover, but he wont have to do too much of that in Green Bay. Ryan Anderson is a guy who could develop into a quality starter, this I am sure of.
We made it through the next four rounds, making some trades along the way. What can you say about Ted Thompson? The man has sizzle, especially in the middle rounds. Who’s your guy at Number 33? Think they should they trade out of number 33? Like/hate a guy on this list? Think they should pick someone else? Let us know in the comments, or tweet at us @PTTF_Podcast. You can tweet at me directly @TrackOnPack. Thanks for reading, and happy draft day!