Packers mock draft roundup: Expect defense
With the NFL scouting combine having come and gone, NFL draft talk is starting to kick into overdrive.
Of course, you can’t talk draft and not look at the many mock drafts floating around the web. So we thought we’d round up a bunch from across the web and take a look at the players draft experts are eyeing for the Green Bay Packers now that they’ve had a chance to watch them perform in Indianapolis.
We start with USA Today’s latest mock, which has the Packers addressing the cornerback position with the 14th pick:
14. Packers — Mike Hughes, CB, Central Florida: An unsuccessful bid to pry Kyle Fuller from the rival Bears highlighted Green Bay's desire to repair a precarious outlook at cornerback. At 5-11, 191, Hughes just barely clears the minimum size requirements the Packers have typically demanded at the position, but he thrives with a physical approach.
Elsewhere, Joel Klatt has the Packers going cornerback in his mock for Fox Sports:
NFL Media’s Chad Reuter has five (yes, five) rounds of mock draft, in which he has Alabama star Minkah Fitzpatrick falling to the Packers in the first:
Malcolm Jenkins went 14th overall in the 2009 draft when teams weren't sure which position he would play in the secondary. The Packers could be the beneficiaries of similar thinking this year.
Bucky Brooks has the Packers looking at edge rusher Marcus Davenport in his latest :
Disruptive edge rushers with length, athleticism and sack production are always coveted at a premium. The Packers need to find another explosive sack artist to neutralize the quarterbacks in the NFC North.
Jacob Infante has the Packers snagging Davenport as well in his latest mock for Draft Wire:
Green Bay is likely going to be competitive as long as Aaron Rodgers is their quarterback. Last year, though, they discovered what life could be like without him. The rest of the Packers’ roster has several holes, so they could go down a handful of avenues in the first round. The best choice, though, would be to fix their pass rushing unit.
Davenport is still a raw prospect, but he has the physical tools to excel in the pros with development. He’s a great athlete who has great bend and explosiveness off the snap. He’s a valuable pass rusher, and he’s more than serviceable as a run defender, as well. His pad level and hip fluidity could use some work, but that can be improved with coaching.
The Packers need youth on both sides of the ball, but their defense is arguably in worse shape than their offense. By drafting Davenport, they would be picking a player with the potential to be a dangerous edge rusher in the NFL.
Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer has Brian Gutekunst going with Hughes:
Green Bay tipped its hand with the offer sheet for Kyle Fuller—and it totally makes sense. Mike Pettine’s scheme demands man-cover corners. The fast-rising Hughes can be that guy.
Over at The Ringer, Danny Kelly has the Packers taking cornerback Jaire Alexander:
After trading away Damarious Randall, Green Bay finds itself in the same boat as the Redskins: desperately needing to add talent to a depleted cornerback group—especially with the Vikings adding Kirk Cousins and the Bears adding wide receiver Allen Robinson. Alexander boosted his stock at the combine with an intriguing combination of speed and quickness (he posted a 6.71-second three-cone—13th among all players—and a 3.98-second short shuttle). Paired with the team’s top pick from last year, Kevin King, he would make an impact from day one.
NFLRT has the Packers taking edge rusher Harold Landry: