The NFL Draft is now just a few weeks away, so let’s take a look at what a seven-round draft for the Green Bay Packers could look like.
After making some free agent additions at positions of need while also re-signing a few of their own free agents, the Green Bay Packers are likely done making any new signings for the time being.
At this point, any new signings that they do make will likely be after the draft as they fill out their 90-man roster. So that means that any significant upgrades are going to happen through the draft which is now just a few weeks away.
Over the last month or so a Sunday tradition for me has been putting together my own seven-round mock drafts for the Packers. And this week I decided to use Pro Football Network’s mock draft simulator which provided a bit of a different board than what I had recently seen from The Draft Network. Meaning, things ended up a bit differently but overall I was quite happy with the results.
So as always, I will go through each selection and provide my reasoning for why I chose that prospect. Let’s dive in!
Pick 30: Josh Jones OT – Houston
The way I see it, Josh Jones is the fifth-best tackle in this class and after him, there is a bit of a drop-off in talent. So when I saw that he was still available at pick 30, it was a no-brainer for me.
Rick Wagner will start the year at right tackle for the Packers but he is coming off a down season where he missed a few games with injuries and realistically, he may only be in Green Bay for the 2020 season. Jones will provide them with their long-term answer at the position.
Pick 62: Brandon Aiyuk WR – Arizona State
Of the receivers that will likely be available to the Green Bay Packers, Aiyuk is easily one of my favorites. His ability to create after the catch is an element that this passing game just didn’t have in 2019 and on top of that, he can be a weapon in the return game as well. Overall, Aiyuk will give this offense some much-needed juice.
Pick 94: Damon Arnette CB – Ohio State
Outside of Jaire Alexander, there are quite a few questions marks surrounding this Green Bay Packers’ cornerback room. Not to mention that Kevin King is a free agent after the 2020 season and there is certainly no guarantee that he will be back. Arnette is a player that can step in and make an impact right away during his rookie season.
Pick 136: Leki Fotu IDL – Utah
It’s no secret that the Green Bay Packers need to find Kenny Clark some help inside in order to help shore up the run defense and Leki Fotu is just the guy for the job. Although at this point he may not be a three-down player given that he needs work as a pass-rusher, he can still step in and be a run stuffer right away.
Pick 175: Quintez Cephus WR – Wisconsin
Given how loaded this wide receiver class is and the need that the Green Bay Packers have at the position, I wanted to leave this draft with two if the opportunity presented itself. As we saw at the combine, Cephus may not be the fastest but he was a very reliable target at Wisconsin and without a doubt, if he was in a more pass-happy offense, his college numbers would have been much more eye-popping. And in Round 5 as a potential WR3 or WR4 candidate, I’m willing to take a swing.
Pick 192: James Robinson RB – Illinois State
Both Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams are free agents after the 2020 season and while I’m not saying that we should expect Robinson to be able to step in and produce as they have at the NFL level, he is an extremely accomplished back with over 4,400 rushing yards and 46 total touchdowns at Illinois State. He has also shown that he is a willing blocker and has the potential to become a factor in the passing game.
Pick 208: Calvin Throckmorton OL – Oregon
Throckmorton has plenty of college experience and has shown that he can play both inside and at the tackle position. However, at the NFL level he will be a guard or a center and drafting him provides Green Bay with another potential option at center in 2021 as Corey Linsley is a free agent and there is no guarantee that he will be back.
Pick 209: Tanner Muse S – Clemson
Under Mike Pettine the Green Bay Packers primarily play with three safeties on the field, so adding a versatile player like Tanner Muse to the mix is never a bad option. At Clemson, he was more often than not lined up as the deep safety but he has shown that he can play down in the box as well and potentially line up in the slot.
Pick 236: David Woodward LB – Utah State
Some might be upset that I waited this long to select a linebacker but the opportunity never truly presented itself. With that said, landing Woodward in Round 7 is very good value as long as he can stay healthy. Not to mention that with some added reinforcements at safety and defensive tackle, that should help take some of the burden off of the linebacker position.
Pick 242: Cheyenne O’Grady TE – Arkansas
At this point in the draft, every pick is a lottery ticket, so I decided to go with the upside that O’Grady potentially brings to the passing game. While he won’t make an impact in 2020, Green Bay could use more tight end depth and the hope is that he continues to develop.