Packers 3-Round Mock Draft With New Information from Justus Mosqueda, Albert Breer

Feb 28, 2023; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Green Bay Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst during the NFL combine at the Indiana Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 28, 2023; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Green Bay Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst during the NFL combine at the Indiana Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports /

With all the news and rumors surrounding Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers floating around, I wanted to talk about something unrelated to the 39-year-old quarterback….except it really isn’t. Today I wanted to take you through a three-round mock draft using two new pieces of information we have recently learned.

The first piece of information is per Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated, telling us that the Jets won’t necessarily have to give up a first-round pick to nab Rodgers.  Considering his contract and age is a huge piece, according to Breer, and he doesn’t believe the Packers would necessarily receive a first-round choice, but rather a second and a conditional pick.

Ultimately, this would make sense because of his age, exorbitant contract, and the Packers’ relative lack of leverage in the situation. Green Bay has no choice but to ultimately move Rodgers for whatever they can get, assuming they want to move on to Jordan Love.

The second piece of news was reported by Justus Mosqueda of Acme Packing Co. This was a quote from a Green Bay representative at the combine saying the Packers hold Tennessee wide receiver Jalin Hyatt in “high regard” despite his size concerns.

For the sake of this news, I ended up trading Rodgers for a second-round pick in this year’s draft and a conditional draft choice. Let’s take a look at a mock draft that takes these two pieces of news into consideration.

First Round, Pick 15- Jalin Hyatt WR Tennessee

Jalin Hyatt has been my guy since day one of this draft season, but you never truly know where a player could rise or fall following their combine performance. Hyatt checked in on the smaller side, at six feet tall and just 176 pounds.

Typically the Packers’ threshold for weight has been 195 pounds for receivers, but Mosqueda reports Green Bay views Hyatt in the same light as Chris Olave in last year’s draft. This year I believe Green Bay will stick at 15 and select the final piece to a dynamic young receiving corps.

Watching Hyatt on film is a joy; anybody with concerns should watch his tape against Alabama. He scored five touchdowns in that game, destroying guys like Brian Branch, who are considered no-doubt first-round talents.

Hyatt is a star to me; his athletic testing was through the roof. He ran a 4.41 40-yard dash, and I believe he will run even faster on his pro day. His RAS was over 9, and I believe the Packers will fall in love with him and select him in the first round.

His athletic testing, combined with his Billetnikoff award-winning season is enough, he is a star and a great fit in this offense.

Round 2, Pick 43 (from NYJ): Sam LaPorta TE Iowa

I love LaPorta, and I believe his willingness to block and upside as a receiver ultimately lands him in Green Bay. LaPorta put up an 80.1 PFF grade in his final season as a Hawkeye, but there should be much more in the tank for the 22-year-old.

PFF has him as one of their highest-graded tight ends in the era of PFF grading college football players. He is a smaller tight end, checking in at close to six foot one and 245 pounds, but he is explosive with the ball in his hands.

He isn’t a red zone threat or a contested catch player, but he can make plays with the ball in his hands and his athletic testing suggests there is more in the tank once he can be freed from the limitations of the Iowa offense.

Round 2, Pick 45: Anton Harrison T Oklahoma

Again, Harrison is on the smaller side for his position but makes up for it in athleticism and skill. Checking in at close to six foot one and 312 pounds, Harrison is viewed as a no-doubt tackle prospect at the next level.

Green Bay will love his athletic testing, although he may need to put on some functional strength similar to Zach Tom. I believe if the Packers liked Tom they will love Harrison, although he may not make it to pick 45.

Round 3, Pick 78: Mike Morris EDGE Michigan

Morris may not last until the third round, but was a really nice player for a very good Michigan defense last season. He put up great testing numbers at the combine, checking in with a RAS over 8.

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Stepping in for Aidan Hutchison is no easy task, but Morris took it on. He should be a very nice player in the league for many years. He is also huge, checking in at six foot six and 290 pounds, which is something the Packers have liked in the past.

He is likely an edge, but could play multiple spots across a defensive front.