It’s early, yes, but not too early to start doing team mock drafts. We’ve done a few team 7 round mock drafts, but I hope to have at least one for every team between now and the end of the season and then one more between the end of the season and the draft. If you follow the Green Bay Packers you know two things: one they will draft for value on their board, and two they don’t address needs through free agency. With that in mind I’ll get to it. I can’t find otherwise, so I’m going to assume the Packers have one pick in each round. If that is wrong, please correct me.
1st round: Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina
Gilmore is more talented than the 32nd best player in this draft, but with the emergence of Morris Claiborne and the presence of Dre Kirkpatrick, Alfonzo Dennard, and Janoris Jenkins it’s possible Gilmore falls to this point in the draft. If he does the Packers should scoop him up. Gilmore is a good return man and plays both the run and pass well and would be a great value pick for the Packers.
2nd round: Bruce Irvin, OLB, West Virginia University
Last year Irvin had a dominating season and was considered a first round prospect heading into the season, this year the Mountaineers asked him to put on weight and play the defensive line position more than standing up and rushing the passer and his numbers have struggled because of it. His stock is down, but he hasn’t lost his pass rushing abilities they have just been undermined by the new use in the scheme the Mountaineers are forcing onto Irvin. He’d be good value in the second round here and would give the Packers another pass rusher to pair with Clay Matthews and third down rushing situations. Irvin is not much of a run stopper.
Guyton is a good solid player who has experience in the 34 and would instantly improve the talent on the Packer sline. Guyton’s an under-discussed prospect and one of the few 34 DL I actually like in this draft. Again the Packers would be getting good value here and also fill a need. The Packers have gone very defensive oriented in this draft, but that’s with good reason. The Packers offense has been unstoppable and the defense has struggled in a few games.
Winston Guy Jr. Could go higher than this, but strong safety types are devalued. Guy Jr. is just a good football player and would be excellent value here in the fourth round. I would feel comfortable taking him at any point in the third round. The Packers might not get back Nick Collins so they could be looking for a safety at some point in the draft .
5th round: Mitchell Schwartz OT, California
What are the Packers needs? I’m not sure, but it never hurts to add talent along the offensive line. The Packers offense has been unstoppable. The Packers have drafted Bryan Bulaga and Derek Sherrod in the first rounds the last two years. They are playing Bulaga at LT and Sherrod is going to be a guard for them. Schwartz has great size a 6-5 and 325 pounds. He could develop into the Packers RT of the future, or at worst provide quality depth incase of injury. Schwartz is very durable.
6th Round: Adrien Cole, LB, Louisinia Tech
He could go much higher than this, but I’m just throwing his name out there. The Packers could use more LB depth in the interior as well. There are no really glaring needs for the Packers that Aaron Rodgers can’t cover up based on the way they are playing so far this season, but defensive talent won’t hurt.
7th Round: Dryell Roberts, WR, Virginia Tech
The Packers have a lot of talent at WR, but Donald Driver is old and James Jones might not be a long term fixture. On top of that the Packers have to try and just find players who will make the roster at this point in the draft. Robert is a pretty talented player who is currently sitting out the season with a broken arm. He’s a senior so it’s likely he’ll be in the draft.
Thoughts Packers fans?
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