Mock Drafts: Defense, defense and more defense for Packers
The Packers and the NFL are a little over two weeks away from being on the clock for the 2018 draft and the media’s draft gurus are working overtime trying to figure out which college prospects will end up where after Commissioner Roger Goodell is done calling all the names on the night of April 26.
As we do every week, we’ve rounded up all the latest prominent mock drafts from all around the web to give you some kind of idea who the Packers could wind up drafting.
We’ll start over at Pro Football Weekly, where Arthur Arkush has Louisville cornerback Jaire Alexander landing with the Green and Gold:
New GM Brian Gutekunst pounces on arguably the top remaining cover man. Josh Jackson has better ball skills, but it's Alexander's speed and transition ability that makes him the better fit for Mike Pettine's scheme. The perception that the Packers only covet 6-foot-plus corners is overblown, and Alexander makes up for a lack of great size with his swagger and urgency.
Maurice Jones-Drew has the Packers trading up and landing arguably the best cornerback in the draft in Denzel Ward:
Ward falls to No. 11 and the Packers, who are dying for a lockdown corner, make a move to get what they need.
Luke Easterling has four rounds worth of mock draft for you over at Draft Wire. He sees the Packers going with edge rusher Harold Landry at 14:
Another defense that needs help at every level, the Packers can sit back and let the board dictate where the best value lies. In this scenario, the best fit is Landry, who backed up his stellar film with a strong combine workout, showing off the explosiveness and athleticism that made him the FBS sack king in 2016.
The folks at Barstool Sports have put together their first mock draft, and their draft guru Steven Cheah sees the Packers adding to their secondary with Alabama’s Minkah Fitzpatrick.
Regarded by some as the best defensive player in the draft, Fitzpatrick slips mainly due to a lack of a real position. In college he lined up mainly at Nickel CB, but also played Safety and Boundary CB. Green Bay just traded away a productive hybrid secondary player in Damarious Randall and this pick helps them fill that void.
ESPN’s Mel Kiper has three rounds' worth of picks for the Packers:
Round 1 (14): Marcus Davenport, DE/OLB, Texas San Antonio
Round 2 (45): D.J. Chark, WR, LSU
Round 3 (76): Duke Dawson, CB, Florida
I've been consistent in picking Davenport to the Packers, and I won't change now. It's a perfect fit for a team in need of young pass-rushers and a prospect in need of time to adjust to the speed of the NFL.
So long, Jordy Nelson; hello, another deep threat? Chark didn't put up huge numbers in college, but he has elite athleticism. The 5-foot-10 Dawson is one of the best slot corners in this class. Green Bay could also target a swing tackle on Day 2.
In Dan Kandar’s latest mock for SB Nation, the Packers snag Harold Landry once again.
Landry has been one of the big risers in the draft process and there are some who believe he could be a top 10 player. So if he’s available for the Packers with the 14th pick, new General Manger Brian Gutekunst shouldn’t take long to make his pick.
Over at NFL.com, Charley Casserly has the Packers going with Central Florida cornerback Mike Hughes:
Hughes might be the most complete cornerback in the draft.
Finally, Chat Sports has the Packers taking edge rusher Marcus Davenport in their latest video mock draft: