As we inch closer to the day of reckoning, April 29th, we’re ramping up our Green Bay Packers Draft coverage.
Round 1 Pick 29: Green Bay trades pick 29 and 135 to KC for pick 58, 63 a 2022 2nd
I had a slew of options on the board, but getting a chance for 3 picks in the second round was something I could not pass up, so we are moving back!
Round 2 Pick 58: Elijah Moore WR Ole Miss –
A true slot receiver that has the potential to win on the boundary as well. He gives the Packers’ offense so many options that Matt LaFleur should be rejoicing if this is in fact the pick. He’s a little on the smaller side, so Gutekunst will have to go against his typical thresholds, but I am in charge today, not Gutey.
Round 2 Pick 62: Quinn Meinerz OL UW-Whitewater
#PoundTheRock Meinerz steps in and can immediately be the starting center. At the bare minimum, he gives the team some versatility along the interior of the offensive line. He’d be a nasty player and excellent addition for Adam Stenavich.
Round 2 Pick 63: Payton Turner EDGE Houston –
A sneaky long-term need for the Packers as Preston Smith is likely playing his final season in Green Bay. Turner steps in as the team’s fourth edge player with the long-term potential to eventually start on the opposite side of Rashan Gary.
Round 3 Pick 92 Nico Collins WR Michigan –
Collins was a 2020 opt-out but did flash as Michigan’s best receiver the previous two seasons. He is a tall, long athlete that Gutekunst typically loves. He does have some raw skills that will need to be developed, but if he’s selected in this spot, he’ll have an opportunity to develop behind MVS and Allen Lazard for a season before potentially working his way into the starting lineup.
Round 4 Pick 142: Divine Deablo S Virginia Tech
The cornerback group got thinned out right in front of me, so I was not able to go that route. Instead, I upgrade the third safety spot alongside Darnell Savage and Adrian Amos. Deablo gives the Packers an upgraded version of Raven Greene that has the ability to play deep if they decide they want to move Savage around as well.
Round 5 Pick 173: Shakur Brown CB Michigan State
On the board with a cornerback. On Thursday’s special edition of The Gold Zone, Tony Pauline of Pro Football Network told Alex Strouf and me that he really liked Brown. He has good ball skills and could be someone Green Bay takes a flier on later.
For a full description of Brown, check out that entire episode here.
Pick 178: Chuba Hubbard RB Oklahoma State
Rounding out the final part of the mock draft with a Day 3 running back. Hubbard has good vision and breakaway ability that Matt LaFleur will likely love. Hubbard at this point in the draft is someone that could be shelved for a season behind Jones and AJ Dillon before being fully unleashed as part of a three-headed monster in 2022.
What I Liked:
Obviously, I love the value I got via trade. My three second-round picks are all players that I think are really good even if they don’t hit some perceived positions of need. Moore and Meinerz are both likely to make an impact early in 2021.
I like how I have rebuilt the receiver room with high-end talent in Moore and Nico Collins. Both of those guys could be preferred starters alongside Davante Adams in 2022. Hubbard as I just mentioned is stealing at the back end of round 5.
I love the Deablo selection with my fourth-round pick.
What I Didn’t Like:
Obviously, I would have preferred to grab a cornerback earlier, but the opportunity never really presented itself.
I could have taken Elijah Molden in the second round, but I feel like I’ve taken him in every simulation, so in the interest of doing something different, I did.