The NFL Draft is upon us. This exercise is designed to take a look at guys I would pick in the first round in any sort of scenario.
The NFL Draft is here my friends. We’ve made it through the doldrums of the offseason and have gotten to the main event. This is one of the biggest drafts in the recent history of the Green Bay Packers as they’re trying to find their way over the hump and back into the Super Bowl.
They have some holes that need to be addressed, and I believe they will. Wide receiver, EDGE, tight end, offensive tackle, just to name a few.
They have four picks in the first two rounds, and 11 picks in total.
What will the Green Bay Packers do once they’re actually on the clock? That’s anyone’s guess.
What would I do? Here’s a glimpse.
Who I would trade up for
There have been some whispers that Thibodeaux could see a small drop. I’m not suggesting Green Bay give up a massive trade to go get him, but if he were to slip outside of the top 10, that’s a price that is absolutely worth paying. Thibodeaux is second in this draft only to Aidan Hutchinson for me on the edge.
Jameson Williams and Chris Olave are both guys I would make a small move up for. I think the Packers have sniped at the receiver position in recent years, and to secure their guy, they may have to do something like that.
On the big guy front – two SEC guys – Evan Neal and Jordan Davis. Neal is someone that could have some medical issues but is worth the risk if he were to slip a little bit.
Davis is someone that I can’t get a firm grasp on where he’s going to end up. If he fell to 22, it wouldn’t surprise me. If he went in the top-10 that wouldn’t come as a shock either.
It’s a luxury pick for sure, but Davis could fundamentally change Green Bay’s defense.
Who I would pick (22)
Any of the aforementioned players
This list is relatively small, but I think it’s somewhat targeted as well. If there’s an EDGE that was to fall there like Karlaftis, take him. He’s my third EDGE guy behind Hutchinson and Thibodeaux.
Burks is the next receiver on my list after the guys listed above that could fall.
Hill and Cine are guys that could step in and play a role for the team immediately.
Who I would pick (28)
Any of the aforementioned players
This net is a bit wider. If there’s a player on this list that you think is a second-round player, that’s fine. My question is what’s the difference between 28 and 33? Especially if they think the guy won’t be there at pick 53.
Zion Johnson would be a plug-and-play starter for a decade. Trevor Penning gives them insurance along the offensive line.
Linderbaum is a center-only prospect, but he’s really good.
Dean is my favorite of the linebackers, and if the board fell a wonky way, he’s a good consolation prize.
Travis Jones always gets mocked later in these simulations, but I won’t be surprised if he’s a first-round pick. I would even take him in the first round as you can see.
Ebeketie is a little older, but I don’t even care. He’s so good.
Of course, there’s a receiver there too. Pickens is a guy that could be the best in the entire class by the time it’s all said and done a few years from now.
Who I’d be comfortable with in a trade back scenario
John Metchie III
If the board were to fall a certain way and the Packers opted to trade back, there is a chance for them to own the second day of the draft.
Pitre and Brisker are good day two options if they were to miss out on Hill/Cine on the first day. Logan Hall is a defensive lineman that seems like someone Green Bay is going to like. Metchie and Pierce are my favorite receivers after where guys like Pickens and Burks might fall.
Ojabo could be someone Green Bay targets late in the first round, and I’ll understand it, I just couldn’t do it. Achilles’ injuries terrify me.
Who would upset me?
Lloyd is a nice player on film, but his age (turns 24 soon) and durability concerns (discussion of medical red flags) would be a massive concern to me. Add in that he is a player that plays a position that would be a complete luxury pick. For that to work, the player has to be someone like Jordan Davis for me to get on board.
Drake London, I have talked about him a lot. I just get some very scary vibes off of him. If Green Bay takes him I’ll be very happy to be wrong, but that’s not someone I’m particularly interested in until pick 28 at the earliest.
Christian Watson and Jahan Dotson have both been connected to Green Bay at various times through this process. I wouldn’t take either until the 2nd round.
Devonte Wyatt is older and has character concerns.
Mafe is older and has concerns about his production until his final season in college. I just don’t see it with him.
Raimann is 25 and still a project. No thank you.