A recent seven-round mock draft from Pro Football Focus would be a dream come true for Green Bay Packers quarterback, Aaron Rodgers.
Despite the Green Bay Packers finishing the 2019 season 13-3 and just one game shy of the Super Bowl, their passing attack was one of the major weaknesses on this team. Although Aaron Rodgers 233.3 passing yards per game ranked 17th and wasn’t near the bottom of the league by any means, there were certainly plenty of times where moving the ball through the air was incredibly challenging.
Geronimo Allison was underwhelming and struggled with drops. Marquez Valdes-Scantling saw his playing time decrease, while Jake Kumerow didn’t do much either other than a play here and there.
So in order for the Packers to get over the hump and hopefully back to the Super Bowl, we know that adding at least one dynamic playmaker to this offense is definitely needed. And fortunately, this is a great draft class to do just that.
At this point, we have seen plenty of mock drafts released, but this recent seven rounder from Mike Renner, the lead draft analyst at Pro Football Focus (PFF), looks like one that Aaron Rodgers may have done himself.
Using PFF’s new mock draft simulator, Renner uses Green Bay’s first two picks to add some much-needed help at the wide receiver position. And both Jalen Reagor and Michael Pittman, bring a different skill set to this Packers’ offense.
While Reagor has shown that the can win downfield, he has the ability to pick up yards after the catch – which is desperately needed in Green Bay – and he can be used on jet sweeps, wide receiver screens, and he also has the potential to become a weapon in the slot.
Meanwhile, Pittman is a big-bodied, sure-handed possession receiver who won’t be as dynamic with the ball in his hands but he could become a favorite target of Rodgers in the red zone.
After those two selections, the Green Bay Packers land Jack Driscoll, who they hope will become their right tackle of the future and the incredibly versatile Antonio Gibson. Two more picks that Rodgers should be a fan of, especially Gibson who has the potential to be a real weapon in this offense.
Although 2019 was the only year that Gibson saw meaningful playing time, it’s very easy to see the potential that he has. As a running back he totaled 369 yards on the ground on just 33 rushing attempts and through the air, he hauled in 735 receiving yards primarily out of the slot. On top of that, he came away with 12 total touchdowns as well.
Under Matt LaFleur, Gibson would be the ultimate gadget player who could be used in a variety of different ways. Recently, Louis Riddick of ESPN said that Gibson should be used similarly to the way Kyle Shanahan used Deebo Samuel. Once again, this would be a welcomed skill-set in the Packers’ offense and it would give them an element that they just didn’t have in 2019.
Even Jauan Jennings in Round 6 comes with some upside and if anything, he’s another receiver to add to the mix. Which I’m sure is never a bad thing in the eyes of Rodgers.
While the additions of Reagor, Pittman, Driscoll, Gibson, and Jennings would have Rodgers swooning, on the defensive side of the ball, the Packers get some help as well.
Willie Gay Jr. would give the linebacker positions and the middle of this defense the speed and sideline-to-sideline coverage that they have been lacking. And three interior defensive line selections should provide Kenny Clark with the help he needs inside to hopefully help shore up the run defense.
Overall this would be a very solid draft for the Green Bay Packers but given those offensive selections and new weapons to pair with Aaron Jones and Davante Adams, I think Aaron Rodgers would be the happiest of all.