Green Bay Packers: Mock Draft time

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The NFL season is at its halfway point. That means it’s time for a Mock Draft roundup from the Game On Wisconsin NFL Draft crew.

The NFL trade deadline came and went and the Green Bay Packers unsurprisingly did not make a move to address the wide receiver position or the defensive side of the ball.

That’s the bad news. The good news is the Game On Wisconsin NFL Draft writers got together to put together their own two-round mock drafts. Here are the results of those drafts for the Green Bay Packers.

As a reminder, these mock drafts are more for name recognition. It’s a chance for Green Bay Packers’ fans to get familiar with the names of players that could be on the board when the Packers are on the clock when the actual draft rolls around.

Brennen Rupp

29th pick: Elijah Molden, DB, Washington

Molden is the best slot corner in college football. He’s a playmaking defensive back with excellent instincts. The son of former NFL cornerback, Alex Molden has good short-area quickness and is excellent in run support.

When the Washington Huskies kickoff their season there is a good chance Molden shows off his versatility as he could play more of a hybrid role for head coach Jimmy Lake.

The guess here is that Molden will line up at nickel but really function as the do-everything DB that Rapp and Baker became in years past. He’ll likely cover the slot, but I expect him to help rush the passer and again be active against the run.

The Green Bay Packers need more playmakers on defense. Thus far, this season, they’ve only managed to record two interceptions. Last season as a junior, Molden picked off four passes and recorded 13 pass deflections. If the Packers re-sign Kevin King, a future trio at cornerback of Jaire Alexander, King and Molden would make life difficult for opposing quarterbacks.

61st pick: Walker Little, OT, Stanford

There is a lot of uncertainty surrounding the future of the offensive tackle position for the Packers. It would be shocking if Green Bay let’s, left tackle, David Bakhtiari walk in free agency. Even outside of Bakhtiari’s future contract, who will be the starting right tackle in 2021?

Enter Walker Little. The senior offensive lineman is one of the best pass blockers out West. Little missed out on the majority of the 2019 season after suffering a season-ending injury.

In 2018, Little started 12 games at left tackle. According to Pro Football Focus, Little gave up three sacks and seven pressures. Over the last six games, he gave up zero sacks and only one pressure.

Isaac Greig

29th pick: Nick Bolton, LB, Missouri

Bolton ’21! I’ve been pounding the table for his guy for about a year. Bolton is one of the best coverage linebackers in the NCAA. At 6’, 232-pounds, he may struggle against longer NFL tight ends but we haven’t seen him struggle in the SEC.

Why Bolton is still flying under the radar, is beyond me. He makes run-stops around the line of scrimmage and looks good doing it. He has three-down value, something that NFL defenses covet these days.

He will wear the ‘green dot’ on Sundays. Bolton is a perfect fit for Mike Pettine’s ‘I only rush four’ defense. Expect more Bolton related table-pounding in the future.

61st pick: Tylan Wallace, WR, Oklahoma St

‘The Green Bay Packers didn’t select a wide receiver in the 2020 NFL Draft’. This narrative has followed the Packers for the last six months. Let’s write the final chapter of this story. 

Tylan Wallace is a fringe first-rounder in any other draft class, aside from 2020. Wallace can win deep and at the catch point, and he’s dangerous with the ball in his hands. At 6’, 190-pounds, Wallace may not be a number one in the NFL but he will be a solid number two.

That’s what the Green Bay Packers need. We all love Allen Lazard but he doesn’t scare NFL defenses. Wallace has the kind of speed that strikes FEAR into NFL defenses.

Even if Wallace isn’t making his presence known in the box score, he’s pulling attention away from other receivers. Hello Davante Adams. Wallace is the wide receiver the Green Bay Packers need.

Andrew Mertig

31st pick: Daniel Faalele, OT, Minnesota

Faalele is 6’8″ 400lbs. You read that right, 400lbs. The assumption would be that he’s solely a road grader, but he has surprisingly good feet and shows a great ability to get to the second level.
He’s new-ish to football, as he was discovered as a massive rugby player from Melbourne, Australia. Faalele was a guy I thought could rocket up draft boards with another year of great tape for the Golden Gophers but has yet to play this season due to COVID-19 concerns.
I’m making the assumption the Packers find a way to resign David Bakhtiari, but regardless, there’s a need at right tackle moving forward. Faalele could make an immediate impact in the running game and develop his pass protection technique as he plays.
49th pick: Terrance Marshall Jr, WR, LSU
I’m using the Green Bay Packers 2nd (63) and their second 4th round pick to move up to pick 49. Marshall is 6’3″ and 200 pounds and is going to put up some impressive combine results.
Basically, I’m anticipating he is going to fit right into that high RAS score Brian Gutekunst covets. He does a great job at using his hands to get through press coverage, he’s good at varying his speed on routes, and he is really good in contested catch situations.
He needs to work on his route running, but my biggest concern with Marshall is he is going to shoot up draft boards, ala Justin Jefferson.

Nick Shibe

29th pick: Jackson Carman, OT, Clemson

With a lot of uncertainty at the tackle position heading into 2021, Jackson Carman would clear a lot of that up. Carman is a massive man at 6’5 340 lbs and plays with a mean streak.

He may be the most physical tackle in this class. Carman can also get to the second level of the defense with ease. I really appreciate Carman’s anchor in pass protection. No rusher will bully him around.

61st pick: Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR, USC

The moment you’ve all been waiting for, the Green Bay Packers snag a wide receiver for Aaron Rodgers. With Davante Adams and Allen Lazard as primarily boundary receivers, St. Brown provides a much-needed spark in the slot for Green Bay.

I really appreciate his separation and YAC ability. His physical playing style reminds me of Deebo Samuel a bit. Just put the ball in his hands and let him get to work.

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