Green Bay Packers: Way too Early 2020 Mock Draft Roundup

BOULDER, CO - OCTOBER 25: Laviska Shenault Jr. #2 of the Colorado Buffaloes carries the ball for a 73-yard touchdown catch against the USC Trojans in the third quarter of a game at Folsom Field on October 25, 2019 in Boulder, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
BOULDER, CO - OCTOBER 25: Laviska Shenault Jr. #2 of the Colorado Buffaloes carries the ball for a 73-yard touchdown catch against the USC Trojans in the third quarter of a game at Folsom Field on October 25, 2019 in Boulder, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) /

The NFL season is only at the halfway point, but it is never too early to look ahead to the 2020 draft to see who the experts have the Green Bay Packers selecting.

The 7-1 Green Bay Packers are on a roll right now having won four straight games without their star wide receiver Davante Adams and have emerged as one of the top teams in the NFL. Although the season is just at the halfway point, as team’s weaknesses become more obvious with each passing game, this is a time of the year when mock drafts for the upcoming offseason are released.

From the Packers’ perspective, there are a few positions in particular that they will need to address in the offseason, including wide receiver, linebacker and potentially right tackle, depending on what they decide to do with Bryan Bulaga.

While it is a bit early and without a doubt, things will definitely change between now and draft night, let’s take a look at who the experts have the Green Bay Packers selecting in the first round of the 2020 NFL draft.

Ryan Wilson – CBS Sports

Jalen Reagor WR – TCU

"“You wouldn’t know it when you watch Aaron Rodgers but he could use more weapons at the wide receiver position. Reagor has gotten off to a slow start to the 2019 campaign (just 25 catches and four touchdowns through seven games and he’s yet to crack 100 receiving yards) but he is electric with the ball in his hands. A season ago he had 72 receptions with 11 total touchdowns and is also a threat in the return game.”"

Takeaway: As expected, the receiver position is going to be a common theme as you make your way through the rest of these mock drafts, but that is for good reason. While we have seen big plays from Packer receivers not named Davante Adams, overall the production from that group has been sporadic. As you can see from the clip above, Reagor is a fantastic athlete and if you can get him the ball in open space, he is more than likely going to turn it into a big play. I would love to see how Matt LaFleur would utilize him in this offense.

Luke Easterling – The Draft Wire

Creed Humphrey OL – Oklahoma

"“After loading up on defensive help this offseason, the Packers need to add some help for Aaron Rodgers this time around. Humphrey is a plug-and-play starter who would be a huge addition to an offensive line that needs reinforcements in a big way.”"

Takeaway: Regarded by many as the best offensive lineman on a stout Oklahoma offensive line, Creed Humphrey would be a nice addition to an already very good Packers’ offensive line unit. Humphrey is currently the center but would likely play right guard in Green Bay which would allow Billy Turner to take over at right tackle if Bryan Bulaga isn’t brought back. Even with all of the changes that have taken place in Green Bay over the last two offseasons, the name of the game is still keeping Aaron Rodgers upright.

Matt Miller – Bleacher Report

Laviska Shenault Jr. WR – Colorado

"“Get. Aaron Rodgers. Targets.It’s really that simple.The Green Bay Packers have one of the most talented quarterbacks of all time and are rolling him out with a ragtag cast of wide receivers while Davante Adams is injured. Even once Adams returns, the Packers are a far cry from full strength at a key position in head coach Matt LaFleur’s offense.Think of the Los Angeles Rams as the type of offense LaFleur wants to run. What he doesn’t have right now is anyone in the Brandin Cooks role as a playmaker who can beat defenses with speed. The Packers can add that by selecting Colorado’s explosive yards-after-catch phenom Laviska Shenault Jr.Shenault isn’t a prototypical receiver who will line up in the X position and run a basic route tree. Instead, he’ll line up all over the formation and dominate on jet sweeps and screen packages. He might need his touches schemed more than he’ll create them on his own, but that can work in LaFleur’s offense, and he would give Rodgers a playmaker much like he previously had in Randall Cobb.”"

Takeaway: Another receiver going to the Green Bay Packers but to put it simply, Laviska Shenault is a playmaker. Put the ball in his hands and big plays will happen. In 2018 he was a 1,000-yard receiver for Colorado and this year he is averaging over 15 yards per catch. His ability to line up out wide, in the slot and even in the backfield makes him an ideal fit for the Matt LaFleur offense and he would be an immediate weapon from day one.

Jordan Reid – The Draft Network

Tee Higgins WR – Clemson

"“Marquez Valdez-Scantling and the ensuing wide receiver depth have done an admirable job filling in for Davante Adams while he nurses a turf toe injury, but it’s clear that the team still lacks that go to option behind their star No. 1 receiver.Higgins is a long and lanky option that plays exactly to his size. With reliable hands and smooth routes, he has the game that fits in perfectly with Matt LaFleur’s offense and could flourish as a secondary option for Aaron Rodgers.”"

Takeaway: A long, physical receiver that will go up and get the football on downfield throws and possesses a big catch radius. With Higgins skill set he could very easily become the Green Bay Packers’ number two receiver right off the bat.

Trevor Sikkema – The Draft Network

Brycen Hopkins TE – Purdue

"“I wanted to get Green Bay a receiving weapon here, but I didn’t like any of the wide outs as much as I liked Brycen Hopkins for them. Hopkins gives me Evan Engram vibes, and pairing that kind of receiving talent at tight end with a guy like Aaron Rodgers would be deadly. We’ve seen how much Rodgers wants to force it to Jimmy Graham this season, especially when Davante Adams is out, but Graham just isn’t what he used to be.”"

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Takeaway: Green Bay just selected Jace Sternberger in the third round but with Marcedes Lewis and Jimmy Graham likely in their final seasons with the Packers, they’ll need to find someone to join Sternberger and Robert Tonyan in 2020. Enter Brycen Hopkins who is a tremendous athlete with very good hands and is dynamic with the ball. In fact, he averaged over 17 yards per catch in 2018 and already has 34 receptions for 441 yards this season. Hopkins is a modern tight end that is better utilized lined up out wide or in the slot rather than inline as a blocker.