The NFL Draft is 66 days away. It’s time for the first three-round Packers mock draft. Let’s take a look at the haul.
Are you annoyed with all the screenshots of mock draft results from mock draft simulators? If the answer is yes, don’t worry. I’m over them as well.
Since we are 66 days away from the 2021 NFL Draft I figured it was time to give you a look at my four-round Green Bay Packers mock draft results.
For this mock draft I use my big board and go through all the picks in a Google spreadsheet. Let’s crack open a beer and dive in.
1st RD – 29th pick: Alex Leatherwood, OL, Alabama
The Green Bay Packers recently cut Rick Wagner. With David Bakhtiari possibly missing the start of the 2021 season, that leaves a giant hole at offensive tackle for the Packers.
It’s probable that the Packers start Elgton Jenkins at left tackle and have Billy Turner start at right tackle.
Drafting a player like Leatherwood gives the Packers options. They could start Turner at left tackle and leave Jenkins at left guard, while having Leatherwood start at right tackle until Bakhtiari returns.
With his versatility, Leatherwood is an intriguing option for the Packers at 29. He can play tackle or kick inside to guard.
Leatherwood wins with his length. Once he gets his hands on you it’s over. According to Pro Football Focus, Leatherwood only gave up five sacks in 28 career starts at Alabama.
Four other options: Zaven Collins, LB, Tulsa. Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson Trevon Moehrig, DB, TCU. Tyson Campbell, CB, Georgia.
Not going to lie, passing on Collins would be difficult. If the Packers hadn’t just cut Wagner, he likely would have been the pick. However, this is a talented offensive tackle class and my guess is that Brian Gutekunst is going to want to get his hands on a premier one.
Etienne is an explosive playmaker and would be a perfect match with AJ Dillon. After spending a second round pick on a running back last season, it’s hard to imagine Gutekunst using a first round pick on the position a year later.
2nd RD – 62nd pick: Greg Newsome, CB, Northwestern
The top need for the Packers this offseason is cornerback. Outside of Jaire Alexander the cornerback depth chart at 1265 Lombardi Avenue leaves a lot to be desired.
Newsome was lockdown this past season. According to PFF, the Northwestern cornerback only gave up 12 receptions for 93 yards all season.
Four other options: Dyami Brown, WR, UNC, Ar’Darius Washington, DB, TC, Aaron Robinson, CB, UCF, Josh Myers, IOL, Ohio State.
Dyami Brown is one of my favorite wide receivers in this draft class. Passing on him was difficult. But, Newsome is a Top 10 cornerback in this class and the Packers would be hard pressed to pass on that kind of value with the 62nd pick.
3rd RD – 93rd pick: Alim McNeill, DL, NC State
The Packers need to surround Kenny Clark with more talent up front. Enter Alim McNeill, a run-stuffing nose tackle that would help take some pressure off of Clark.
McNeill is explosive off the ball. He’s great at the point of attack and would certainly help shore up Green Bay’s run defense.
Four other options: Demetric Felton RB/WR, UCLA, Seth Williams, WR, Auburn, Walker Little, OT, Stanford, Tay Gowan, CB, UCF
Felton would be a lot of fun in Matt LaFleur’s offense. Felton started his career at UCLA as a slot receiver before switching to running back. If Felton were to land in Green Bay he could take on the Tyler Ervin role in this offense and would be a perfect complementary back to Dillon.
4th RD – 126th pick: Robert Rochell, CB, Central Arkansas
Double-dipping at the cornerback position. If Rochell had played at a Power-Five school, we’d be talking about him as a Top 10 cornerback.
Instead, a team is going to get a steal on day three. Rochell is an athletic marvel. He was No. 12 on Bruce Feldman’s annual “freaks” list.
He’s a shade under 6-1 (6-0 7/8) and weighs 197 pounds. His coach Nathan Brown says he’s broad jumped 11-8 (!!) and has vertical jumped 41 inches. His 40 time is 4.38, and his short shuttle is 3.98. His 60-yard shuttle time is 10.98. Those are all big-time numbers. In 2019, he broke up 18 passes and intercepted five others.
Four other options: Chuba Hubbard, RB, Oklahoma State, Dez Fitzpatrick, WR, Louisville, Trill Williams, DB, Syracuse, James Wiggins, S, Cincinnati.
Hubbard is one of my favorites in this class. He reminds me a lot of former Green Bay running back, Ahman Green. In the end, Rochell this late in round four would be a steal.