Green Bay Packers: Dairyland Express mock draft battle 2.0

ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 26: A video board displays the text 'THE PICK IS IN' for the Green Bay Packers during the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT
ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 26: A video board displays the text 'THE PICK IS IN' for the Green Bay Packers during the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT /
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Gage Bridgford

Nasir Adderly, S – Delaware

Notable Players Available: Chris Lindstrom, Julian Love, Parris Campbell

I normally like waiting until Round 3 in my mocks to add a safety and it’s often been Virginia’s Juan Thornhill. In this mock, with Adderly still on the board, I couldn’t pass him up. Adderly can play sideline to sideline, and he gives the team another player on the back-end that can defend the run while also being able to pick up opposing pass-catchers. Adderly’s versatility gives defensive coordinator Mike Pettine another chess piece on the back-end.

Jacob Westendorf

Jeffery Simmons, DT – Mississippi State

Notable Players Available: Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, Nasir Adderley, Parris Campbell

The Packers continue to add to a vicious front seven. Simmons can afford to rehab his injury slowly due to the presence of Mike Daniels and Kenny Clark. Simmons is a top 20 talent in this class if not for the injury and concerns in his past regarding domestic violence. In this case, the Packers have done their homework and feel comfortable with the injury and the person that Simmons has become since that time. A front seven that includes Simmons along with the previously added Burns, Clark, Daniels, and the Smith’s would give nightmares to opposing quarterbacks in the NFC.

Brandon Carwile

Chris Lindstrom, OG – Boston College

Notable Players Available: Jeffery Simmons, A.J. Brown, Irv Smith Jr.

Lindstrom is just what the Green Bay Packers need in a guard. Athleticism, size, and the ability to contribute as a run blocker and in pass protection. He wouldn’t necessarily have to start right away, however, Lindstrom would be a nice insurance policy in 2019 and a good developmental prospect. Eventually, he would fill in seamlessly at right guard, which is the position he has been starting at since his days as a freshman. Because of his experience, his fundamentals are up there with the best in the class.

Mike Wendlandt

Nasir Adderley, S – Delaware

Notable Players Available: Josh Jacobs, Jeffery Simmons, Dexter Lawrence, Greg Little, Deebo Samuel

Every time I do a mock draft, over and over again it’s plain to see how much this draft classes strengths are perfectly set up for the Packers. It’s deep at edge rusher, tight end, offensive line, and safety, so the team gets another instant starter in the second round. A converted cornerback, Adderley has the range, ball skills, and intelligence to immediately start at free safety with Adrian Amos and set the Packers back-end up for success for the next half-decade.  And while I’m not expecting Adderley to be the next Nick Collins, it is interesting to think about. A rangy, athletic safety who moved from corner and played at a small school coming to Green Bay in the second round is almost word for word what was said about Collins when he was taken. Plus, the story of another Adderley in Green and Gold is storybook. Hopefully, he can get number 26 as well.