Green Bay Packers: 4 Round Mock Draft Addresses Needs & Speed

LUBBOCK, TEXAS - NOVEMBER 16: Wide receiver Jalen Reagor #1 of the TCU Horned Frogs claps during the first half of the college football game against the Texas Tech Red Raiders on November 16, 2019 at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, Texas. (Photo by John E. Moore III/Getty Images)
LUBBOCK, TEXAS - NOVEMBER 16: Wide receiver Jalen Reagor #1 of the TCU Horned Frogs claps during the first half of the college football game against the Texas Tech Red Raiders on November 16, 2019 at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, Texas. (Photo by John E. Moore III/Getty Images) /

This four round mock draft for the Green Bay Packers addresses some major needs, provides depth at a key position, and adds some much-needed speed.

If you haven’t already noticed, mock draft season is in full swing and here at Dairyland Express, I’ve been covering the latest mocks for the Green Bay Packers.

Whether it’s an individual mock draft that I thought was a home run, one that I thought was a dud, or one of my mock draft roundups that are released every week or two, I’ve already given my thoughts on a number of mock drafts. And don’t worry, I’m going to continue doing so.

But for today and for the first time this offseason, I’ve gone through and done my own mock draft, courtesy of our friends over at The Draft Network with their mock draft machine. Now, before we dive in, there are a few things that I want to get out of the way.

First of all, free agency is obviously going to have a large impact on how Green Bay approaches the draft, so I want to be clear that in this scenario I made my selection based upon need and best available at each pick. Adding in pretend free agency signings just over complicates this whole process.

And second, I only drafted the first four-rounds because given the research and film work that I’ve done up to this point, that is where I felt comfortable in making these decisions. After that there would have been some guess-work involved.

So having said all of that, let’s dive in!

Pick 30: Kenneth Murray LB – Oklahoma

Blake Martinez is on his way out and as we’ve seen, the Green Bay Packers need an infusion of speed in the middle of their defense. So may I present to you Kenneth Murray who is one of the faster and more explosive linebackers in this class.

He’s shown an ability to make plays in the backfield with 30 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks over the last two seasons, his range allows him to blow up plays in the flats, and when playing downhill he’s a true force to be reckoned with.

Some areas that Murray will need to improve upon is his consistency as a tackler, which he did make strides in during his final season at Oklahoma, and his ability in coverage when the play isn’t in front of him.

With that said, finding the perfect prospect at 30th overall just isn’t going to happen and Murray provides this Packers’ defense with some much-needed speed and playmaking ability.

Pick 62: Jalen Reagor WR – TCU

Honestly, I was surprised that Jalen Reagor was available at this point but I suppose that’s the benefit of having an extremely deep wide receiver class.

To sum Reagor up in one word I would choose “electric.” He will give the Green Bay Packers the deep threat that they had hoped Marquez Valdes-Scantling was going to turn into and once the ball is in his hands, watch out. Currently, the Packers don’t have a player with Reagor’s skill set on their roster at the receiver position.

During his career at TCU, Reagor totaled over 2,200 receiving yards, including a 1,000 yard season in 2018. He also averaged 15.2 yards per catch with 22 touchdowns and had 35 rushing attempts as well. Although his numbers in 2019 did drop, that was more so because of the issues at quarterback. Reagor is a certified playmaker.

Pick 94: Ben Bartch OT – St. John

In what I perceive as a perfect world for the Green Bay Packers this offseason, they will re-sign Bryan Bulaga and then draft his eventual replacement with one of their first four draft picks. Tackle is a premier position in the NFL and it’s just far too important to ignore. So Bulaga gives them coverage in 2020 and Ben Bartch will hopefully turn into the long-term solution.

Bartch is a small school prospect having played at Division III St. John in Minnesota, but don’t hold that against him. In terms of his fundamentals he is extremely polished and was invited to the Senior Bowl where he held his own against some of the top pass-rushers that college football has to offer.

Perhaps the biggest knock on him is that he needs to get stronger, but overall at 6’6″ – 308 pounds, he has great size. And this is where sitting behind Bulaga for a year or two could really help his development.

Pick 126: Tyler Johnson WR – Minnesota

We all know that the Green Bay Packers need help at the wide receiver position so I am a big proponent of them drafting two within the first four rounds if the board falls that way. So after landing the dynamic Jalen Reagor in round two, the polished Tyler Johnson made a lot of sense in round four.

There may not be a more experienced receiver in this draft as Johnson has appeared in 43 games over his career at Minnesota and hauled in over 3,300 receiving yards at 15.5 yards per catch with 33 touchdown receptions.

Johnson can provide this Packer offense with two elements that they don’t have now. One, is as a reliable slot receiver, which is where many scouts are projecting him to be successful in the NFL. And another, is as a deep threat where Johnson caught over 70 percent of the deep passes thrown to him this past season according to Pro Football Focus.

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While he isn’t going to garner the attention that many of the receivers in this draft class will, as a fourth round draft pick, Johnson has the ability to step on the field and immediately provide the Green Bay Packers with a boost.