Green Bay Packers: Post-Senior Bowl seven-round 2021 NFL mock draft

2021 NFL Draft prospect Rondale Moore #4 of the Purdue Boilermakers (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
2021 NFL Draft prospect Rondale Moore #4 of the Purdue Boilermakers (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images) /
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Daviyon Nixon, 2021 NFL Draft
2021 NFL Draft prospect Daviyon Nixon #54 of the Iowa Hawkeyes (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images) /

The 2020 NFL Draft saw a lot of drama when the Green Bay Packers traded up to take quarterback Jordan Love with the 26th overall pick instead of drafting a wide receiver in the first round. In fact, the Packers went the entire draft without taking a wide receiver and have not drafted one since they took J’Mon Moore in the fourth round of the 2018 NFL Draft.

Going into this year’s draft there is a lot of talk about Green Bay taking a wide receiver again in the first round, but like last year, I think they will use their 2021 first-round pick on another position. Let’s dig deep into the Green Bay Packers with a complete seven-round 2021 NFL mock draft for the team.

Round 1: Daviyon Nixon, DT, Iowa

The Green Bay Packers decided to address their defense-first in this mock draft by taking a defensive lineman with the 29th pick. The team decides to go in this direction to finally get help on the interior defensive line for Kenny Clark, which will hopefully free him up more next year. The only other defensive lineman the team has that has been somewhat productive is Kingsley Keke, but he has shown more flashes instead of consistent play.

In Iowa defensive tackle Daviyon Nixon, the team gets one of the most athletic defensive tackles in the 2021 NFL Draft. Last season at Iowa, Nixon recorded 13.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks. As a prospect, Nixon shows a very quick first step out of his stance, and the agility to make plays behind the line of scrimmage on a consistent basis. One other positive with Nixon is that he still has plenty of room to improve. This is due to the fact the former JUCO defensive lineman only started for one year at Iowa.

I would look for Nixon to fight to win a spot at defensive end for the Packers next year. With the athletic ability, Nixon has shown he has the ability to move over to this spot. Plus, the Packers will likely have an open spot if they cut Dean Lowry which they are expected to do.