The NFL Draft will be here in just a few short weeks. The Green Bay Packers have some needs to fill, we took a look at how they could fill those in a mock draft exercise.
Game On Wisconsin is at the controls again! We did a simulation of a mock draft and looked at how the picks turned out. We will do this every week until the draft hits and give our explanations for the picks we make. Since I subscribe to the theory that the draft is only five rounds long, we will only be doing the first five rounds.
We will be using the Pro Football Network Simulator for these exercises.
Here is how my draft turned out
1st round – Pick 29 Trevon Moehrig S TCU
Analysis: Moehrig comes in and immediately allows the Packers to play with their safeties. Adrian Amos can play in the box while Moehrig and Darnell Savage play deep. Savage can move closer to the line of scrimmage. Savage could also transition to the “star” role that the new defensive coordinator Joe Barry has said we cannot have enough of those guys.
It would be fun to pair KaDarius Toney with Matt LaFleur, but I like my chances later at grabbing someone like him. Jenkins could be a really good tackle, but the Packers have Billy Turner essentially locked in for the next two years. They don’t value off-ball linebackers, making this selection a simple one.
Moehrig is the pick.
Also Considered: KaDarius Toney WR Florida, Taven Jenkins OL OK State, Zaven Collins LB Tulsa
2nd round – Green Bay trades pick 62 and 135 to Baltimore for Pick 58 – Elijah Molden DB Washington
Analysis: A pick that will make our NFL Draft expert Brennen Rupp happy as can be. Molden is another player that could have some potential to play on the boundary, but would really excel in that slot role. Again – the defensive coordinator said you can’t have enough guys that can play the nickel. I certainly believe that and want to equip him as well as I can. Molden will give us that ability to play there, and could certainly supplant Chandon Sullivan early in camp.
Also Considered: Brevin Jordan TE Miami, Rondale Moore WR Purdue, Amari Rodgers WR Clemson.
3rd round – pick 92 Dyami Brown WR North Carolina
Analysis – While I’m over here making NFL Draft members at Game On Wisconsin happy, let’s add Nick Shibe to the mix. If it were up to Nick, he would take Brown in the first round. I didn’t have to do that and was able to get him in round 3. Brown adds to the WR corps. We like the guys in front of him like Lazard and MVS so we can afford to bring him along slowly while he gets acclimated to Aaron Rodgers and Matt LaFleur’s offense.
Also Considered: Trill Williams CB Syracuse, Tyson Campbell CB Georgia, Rashad Weaver EDGE Pittsburgh.
Pick 135 – traded to Baltimore to select Elijah Molden
Pick 142 – Drake Jackson – OC Kentucky
Analysis: I feel like my heart legitimately broke as Tommy Tremble went just a few slots ahead of where I ended up picking at 142. Had I not traded pick 135, I could have snagged Tremble. Alas, that was not the world we were living in.
Because of that, I attacked the offensive line. Corey Linsley just left. Drake Jackson is someone that could come in and potentially start for the Packers
Also Considered: Trey Hill OL Georgia, Chuba Hubbard RB Oklahoma State
Pick 173 – Tre Brown CB Oklahoma
Pick 178 – Jermar Jefferson RB Oklahoma State
Analysis: Finishing off the simulation with a third defensive back selected. Green Bay has triple dipped at one position every year since Brian Gutekunst became the General Manager. It only makes sense that they do that again this year with the defensive back room needing a significant overhaul.
Brown will be able to contribute on special teams and potentially push for a spot in the defensive lineup depending on how the rest of the offseason goes.
Jefferson is a fun player. I know that the Packers just re-signed Aaron Jones, but Matt LaFleur has said several times he wants three backs capable of carrying the ball. As of now, there are only two on the roster. Some competition for players like Mike Weber and Patrick Taylor will not hurt.
Also, Jefferson has that vision and home run hitting ability that will be incredibly valuable as a substitute for Aaron Jones should he miss some time.
What I liked: Getting three defensive backs was a big deal for a defense that certainly needs some help in the secondary. Moehrig is one of my favorite prospects for the Packers in this class just because of the versatility he provides the safety room. As previously discussed, the addition of Moehrig could help the cornerback room as well.
Molden in the 2nd round might be my favorite pick. He is one of my favorite players in this class, and I truly think he’s going to be a star as a nickel corner.
Dyami Brown in round 3 is a flat-out steal. So is Jermar Jefferson in the 5th.
Drake Jackson is a solid add in the middle rounds for some depth along the interior offensive line.
What I didn’t: This draft is light on trench players. The defensive line did not get anyone added to that room. The offensive line got one and he does not have the ability to play as an offensive tackle.
I didn’t add someone to play the boundary as an outside corner, so I’m really banking on Jaire Island remaining a big advantage for the defense, and essentially rolling all of my coverages over to the other outside corner.
I would have liked to add another pass rusher to groom since Preston Smith is likely gone in 2022, but this is not a great EDGE class and it was hard to justify taking one at any point.