The Packers disappointed us all this year, there is no way around that. Thankfully in pro sports in America, we have the draft to get excited for when our on field product is less than stellar. So I decided to do a small project, I’ll roundup all the big mock drafts and put them in one place. The Packers have holes at several positions, and three picks in the top 44 to try and fill them. For the purpose of this project I will cover the two first round picks, the Packers own pick at 12 and the Saints pick at 30 (all of the mocks used today will have the pick at 32, but after today it will be 30).

 

NFL.Com,  January 18th / Daniel Jeremiah


#12: Clelin Ferrell, Clemson, EDGE

Packers have needed punch off the edge and Ferrell definitely fits that bill. His last two seasons combined he had 21 sacks and 38 tackles for loss.


 

USA Today, January 17th / Luke Easterling

#12: Jachai Polite, Florida, EDGE

Two mocks in and we have a little bit of a trend, people really think the Packers need an EDGE rusher. Polite had a breakout junior season with 11 sacks and 19.5 tackles for loss.

CBS Sports, January 17th / R.J. White

#12: Jachai Polite, Florida, EDGE

Another mock with Polite to the Packers, the young talented Gator fits a need for the Packers. Is it a match that we will see in April?

SB Nation, January 14th / Dan Kadar

#12: Jachai Polite, Florida, EDGE

A third mock predicts Polite to the Packers. I believe the old saying is two is a coincidence, three is a pattern. One thing of note, each of the Polite mocks have Ferrell off the board already.

Bleacher Report, January 15th / Matt Miller

#12: Brian Burns, Florida State, EDGE

A third player emerges at #12, Brian Burns an edge rusher from Florida State. Fresh off a 10 sack 15.5 tackle for loss season. Burns also had a knack for forcing fumbles, doing so seven times in his three year career at Tallahassee.

ESPN, January 17th / Mel Kiper

#12: Clelin Ferrell, Clemson, EDGE

Kiper mocks Ferrell to the Pack, at this point EDGE rusher seems to be the consensus the who is the question. This is the 6th mock I’ve added to the project and so far none of the Mocks have Ferrell making it past the Packers at 12.

PFF, January 15th / Steve Palazzolo

#12: Deionte Thompson, Alabama, S

Another mock, another edge rusher  The Packers seemingly draft a defensive back in the first round every year, so why not again in 2019? Thompson had a great year at Bama, falling just short of a national championship. Not sure I can express Thompson’s value in one or two stats, but he would likely improve the secondary, I personally feel he is a reach at 12, but what do I know?

Pick 12 NFL.com USA Today CBS Sports SB Nation Bleacher Report ESPN PFF
Jan 20th Roundup Clelin Ferrell Jachai Polite Jachai Polite Jachai Polite Brian Burns Clelin Ferrell Deionte Thompson

 

NFL.Com,  January 18th / Daniel Jeremiah

#32: Noah Fant, Iowa, TE

The prospect of taking a tight end in round 1 might not thrill Packer fans, but Fant went for 500 receiving yards the last two years and at 6’5” could create mismatch problems with his athleticism.

USA Today, January 17th / Luke Easterling

#32: Mack Wilson, Alabama, LB

A LB prospect who racked up tackles and got 6 interceptions in his last two seasons at Alabama. Wilson would give the Packers some extra athleticism at the linebacker spot, but offers little in terms of pressure.

CBS Sports, January 17th / R.J. White

#32: Traded to Denver

Not sure how I feel about CBS trading a pick in a January mock, but here we are. 32 is often traded so someone can grab a QB, but that will not be the Packers pick so that fact is worthless right now. The Packers could trade down, but they need impact talent and the first round is usually the place to draft it.

SB Nation, January 14th / Dan Kadar

#31 (Not sure why Pack are 31): Noah Fant, Iowa, TE

Two mocks for Fant! The Packers have basically needed a tight end since Finley got injured, and the stop gaps haven’t managed to stick. Packers could find their long term answer this draft if they choose to spend one of their top three picks on it.

Bleacher Report, January 15th / Matt Miller

#32: Irv Smith Jr, Alabama, TE

Another mocked TE, but this one comes with SEC speed. Jokes aside, Smith went for 700 yards and 7 touchdowns this year. He blocked, caught, and just about did it all for Alabama this year. An athletic freak, Smith might be the rare tight end worth a first round pick.

ESPN, January 17th / Mel Kiper

#32: Parris Campbell, Ohio State, WR

Kiper picks a wide receiver to add to Green Bay’s young offensive core, not sure this is a need, but Gute and LaFleur will need to make that call before next season starts. If they do need one Campbell is a solid choice, he had 1000 yard receiving season at Ohio State last year.

PFF, January 15th / Steve Palazzolo

#32: Jace Sternberger, Texas A&M, TE

Similar to pass rushers at 12 we now have three different tight ends mocked to the Pack at 32. Sternberger had 800 yards and 10 touchdowns this year and any of these tight ends could give the Packers a mismatch guy, but combine 40 times will likely separate the prospects here.

Pick 32 (Except SB Nation) NFL.com USA Today CBS Sports SB Nation Bleacher Report ESPN PFF
Jan 20th Roundup Noah Fant Mack Wilson Traded Noah Fant Irv Smith Jr Parris Campbell Jace Sternberger

 

So three months from draft day the early mocks have the Pack going with an edge rusher at 12 and a tight end at the end of the round. Who those players will be though is up for some debate. Either way an influx of talent to Green Bay is likely this spring.

 

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