The Green Bay Packers made a somewhat surprising move by re-signing Aaron Jones in what turns out to be a pretty team-friendly deal. Although that move took away from money to bring in other players at positions of need, it did shore up their running back room for next season.
With the Jones signing official, it also somewhat changes Green Bay’s draft strategy, especially in the middle rounds. Before, they almost certainly had to add a running back through the draft or free agency, but now they can simply take a late Day 3 flyer on one if the right guy is available.
For this version of our mock draft, I used PFF’s Mock Draft Simulator and I’m very pleased with how it turned out. For the most part, I felt I was able to address the Packers’ biggest needs early on and come away with some playmakers throughout the draft. So, without further ado, let’s dive in.
Following the Green Bay Packers re-signing of Aaron Jones, let’s complete a 7-round 2021 NFL Mock Draft without having to worry about a running back.
Packers’ mock draft round 1 (29th overall): Alijah Vera-Tucker, OT, USC
Although this may not be the Packers’ biggest need, offensive tackle is certainly up there on the list. When my turn came around, Alijah Vera-Tucker was the best player available so it was an easy choice in the first round. He’s an athletic player who played left tackle throughout his entire collegiate career. His future may be at guard, but that flexibility is something Green Bay values. He’d be a good filler right away while David Bakhtiari recovers from his torn ACL and then the coaching staff can decide what to do with him long-term.