Packers post-combine, free agency mock draft roundup
It took a while, but we’re back with our second look at who the experts around the web think the Green Bay Packers will select in the upcoming NFL Draft.
We waited a bit because this year the combine and the start of free agency were so close together, so might as well wait until we got past all that.
We did. So here were are.
You’ll definitely see some differences from our first mock roundup, and when using a mock which we had last time the previous pick(s) are denoted.
There will certainly be a lot of good choices for Green Bay at pick No. 29 — do the Packers go outside linebacker, offensive line (i.e. guard) or cornerback? Or another position entirely?
Wisconsin Badgers fans can note both T.J. Watt and Vince Biegel appear below.
The draft is still more than a month away so be sure we’ll have more updates between now and then.
Here’s the second roundup of mock drafts from around web. I dare you to find a more complete list anywhere on the internet (listed in order of most recent to oldest; any mocks from before free agency and/or the combine not included):
Dieter Kurtenbach of FOXSports.com (March 16): Round 1 — Takkarist McKinley, DE, UCLA. “The Packers also need pass-rush talent, despite keeping Nick Perry this offseason, and McKinley is a perfect scheme fit in Green Bay. He can stand up or play with his hand down and is arguably the second-best fast-twitch pass rusher in this class behind the No. 1 overall pick.”; Round 2 — Ethan Pocic, C, LSU. Previously: Round 1 — Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford; Round 2 — Kevin King, CB, Washington.
Luke Easterling of The Draft Wire (March 16): Round 1 — Alvin Kamara, RB, Tennessee. “Keeping some of their own would-be free agents helped address some big needs on defense, so the Packers replace Eddie Lacy with a versatile back in Kamara.”; Round 2 — Chidobe Awuzie, CB, Colorado; Round 3 — Dawaune Smoot, DE/OLB, Illinois; Round 4 — Isaac Asiata, G, Utah; Round 5a — ArDarius Stewart, WR, Alabama; Round 5b — Jarron Jones, DL, Notre Dame; Round 6 — Riley Bullough, LB, Michigan State; Round 7 — Damarius Travis, S, Minnesota.
Will Brinson of CBSSports.com (March 16): Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama. “If the Packers are going to get a pro-ready corner in this draft, they’re probably not going to be bad off by grabbing one out of a Nick Saban system.”
Emanuele Addondi of Draft Breakdown (March 16): Adoree’ Jackson, CB, USC.
Chris Burke of SI.com (March 15): Tre’Davious White, CB, LSU. “A name to keep in mind here: Pat Elflein, the Ohio State center, who could push Corey Linsley and help a suddenly thin Packers O-line anywhere. But there are a lot of cornerback and pass-rushing options to be had, too, which is good news for Green Bay. White is a strong man corner who has demonstrated consistent, marked improvement.” Previously: Takkarist McKinley, OLB, UCLA.
Walter Cherepinsky of WalterFootball.com (March 15): Round 1 – Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio State; Round 2 — Tyus Bowser, DE/OLB, Houston; Round 3 — T.J. Logan, RB, North Carolina; Round 4 — Howard Wilson, CB, Houston. Previously: Round 1 – Sidney Jones, CB, Washington; Round 2 — Jeremy McNichols, RB, Boise State; Round 3 — Ryan Anderson, DE/OLB, Alabama; Round 4 — Isaac Asiata, G, Utah.
Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com (March 15): T.J. Watt, OLB, Wisconsin.
Todd McShay of ESPN Insider (March 15): Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio State. “Conley had a standout performance at the combine — 4.44 40 and 10-foot-9 broad jump at 6-foot, 195 pounds. His tape isn’t quite that good, but he has a lot of natural ability. The Packers learned last year that you can never have too many capable cornerbacks.”
Eric Edholm of Yahoo Sports (March 15): Forrest Lamp, OL, Western Kentucky. “The interior of the line has been gutted via free agency, and at least one of those starting positions is likely to be filled with a player not currently on the roster (assuming Jason Spriggs stays at tackle, where he’s best). Enter Lamp, a college tackle whose dimensions make him a more ideal fit inside. This would be a steal at this point if he’s still around. Lamp might be from the west coast of Florida by way of Bowling Green, Kentucky, but he would fit right in with Green Bay and this team with his no-nonsense, blue-collar approach.”
Steve Palazzolo of Pro Football Focus (March 15): Sidney Jones, CB, Washington. “After Jones tore his Achilles at his pro day, Green Bay looks to the future as they eat the redshirt year in hopes of getting a potential top-10 cornerback down the road. Jones was slated to go much earlier in the draft before the injury, as he has good size and press-man ability—two things that didn’t go unnoticed among Pac-12 offensive coordinators, who targeted him only 48 times last season, tied for 201st in the nation.”
Eric Galko of The Sporting News (March 15): Round 1 — Dan Feeney, G, Indiana. “The Packers lost TJ Lang in free agency, and GM Ted Thompson’s commitment to ignore free agency as much as possible resulted in another top offensive lineman leaving. Feeney fits the Green Bay prototype well.” Round 2 — Isaiah Ford, WR, Virginia Tech. Previously (Round 1 only): Mike Williams, WR, Clemson.
Chad Reuter of NFL.com (March 15): Round 1 — Forrest Lamp, OG, Western Kentucky; Round 2 — Fabian Moreau, CB, UCLA; Round 3 — D’Onta Foreman, RB, Texas; Round 4a — Vince Biegel, OLB, Wisconsin.
Dan Kadar of SB Nation/Mocking the Draft (March 14): Forrest Lamp, OL, Western Kentucky. “Lamp would be a smart pickup for the Packers. Instead of shuffling pieces on the roster, Lamp could slot into the right guard spot vacated by T.J. Lang.” Previously (3 rounds): Round 1 — Takkarist McKinley, OLB, UCLA; Round 2 — Kevin King, CB, Washington; Round 3 — Kareem Hunt, RB, Toledo.
Danny Kelly of The Ringer (March 14): Takkarist McKinley, DE, UCLA. “Green Bay hung onto Nick Perry with a five-year, $60 million contract, but after losing Julius Peppers to the Panthers in free agency, the Packers still need to add talent on the edge. McKinley’s raw as a pass rusher but has the size, speed, and motor to be a situational contributor early in his career.”
Josh Norris of Rotoworld.com (March 14): Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin. “The Packers draft left tackles and shift them to other positions.” Previously: Sidney Jones, CB, Washington.
Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press (March 14): Takkarist McKinley, DE, UCLA. “A shoulder injury will keep him out till training camp, but he’s still one of the draft’s best pass rushers.”
Nick Klopsis of Newsday (March 14): Quincy Wilson, CB, Florida.
Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com (March 13): Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan. “The Packers lost Julius Peppers in free agency; Charlton has the tools to develop into a double-digit sack artist at the next level.”
Drafttek (March 13): Round 1 — Charles Harris, DE/OLB, Missouri; Round 2 — Chidobe Awuzie, CB, Colorado; Round 3 — Adam Bisnowaty, OT, Pittsburgh; Round 4 — Jeremy McNichols, RB, Boise State; Round 5a — Jelani Hamilton, DL, Miami; Hardy Nickerson Jr., OLB, Illinois; Round 6 — Marquel Lee, ILB, Wake Forest; Round 7 — Corey Levin, OG, Chattanooga. Previously: Round 1 — Takkarist McKinley, OLB, UCLA; Round 2 — Bucky Hodges, TE, Virginia Tech; Round 3 — Chidobe Awuzie, CB, Colorado; Round 4 — Daeshon Hall, DT, Texas A&M; Round 5 — Lorenzo Jerome, S, St. Francis (PA); Round 6 — Paul Magloire, OLB, Arizona; Round 7 — Josh Toupu, DLT, Colorado.
Rob Rang of NFLDraftScout.com (March 13): Forrest Lamp, OG, Kentucky. “The Packers may be ready to absorb the losses of former Pro Bowl guards T.J. Lang and Josh Sitton with young players already on the roster but GM Ted Thompson could see Lamp as a plug and play solution here. Lamp starred at left tackle for the Hilltoppers but made a seamless transition inside to guard at the Senior Bowl.” Previously: Takkarist McKinley, OLB, UCLA.
Dane Brugler of NFLDraftScout.com (March 13): Forrest Lamp, OG, Kentucky. “The Packers lost several offensive linemen to free agency and now have strong question marks at offensive guard. A four-year starter at left tackle, Lamp is a plug-and-play guard in the Zack Martin mold.” Previously: Sidney Jones, CB, Washington.
Charlie Campbell of WalterFootball.com (March 13): Round 1 — Kevin King, CB, Washington; Round 2 — Demarcus Walker, DE, Florida State; Round 3 — Brian Hill, RB, Wyoming; Round 4 — Jonnu Smith, TE, Florida International. Previously (3 rounds): Round 1 — Charles Harris, DE/OLB, Missouri; Round 2 — Shelton Gibson, WR, West Virginia; Round 3 — Jeremy McNichols, RB, Boise State.
Brent Sobleski of Bleacher Report (March 13): Previously: T.J. Watt, OLB, Wisconsin. Forrest Lamp, OT, Kentucky.
Connor Riley of SECCountry.com (March 13): Round 1 — Teez Tabor, CB, Florida; Round 2 — Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio State. Previously: Round 1 — Tre’Davious White, CB, LSU; Round 2 — Conley.
Dan Duggan of NJ Advance Media (March 13): Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford. “It might make more sense for the Packers to pick a defensive player here, but it’ll be impossible for them to pass on the versatile McCaffrey.”
Xavier Cromartie of College Football Metrics (March 13): Chidobe Awuzie, CB, Colorado. “GB needs 3 CBs, but of course Thompson will never sign one in FA. Awuzie has CB/S versatility. He also, critically, plays in the Pac-12, where GB drafts all their players. This pick is almost certain to be a CB. GB has very terrible CBs.”
Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram (March 13): T.J. Watt, OL, Wisconsin.
Tab Bamford of Chicago Now (March 11): Round 1 — Forrest Lamp, OG, Western Kentucky; Round 2 — Jordan Willis, OLB, Kansas State; Round 3 — Matthew Dayes, RB, North Carolina; Round 4 — Dawuane Smoot, DE, Illinois.
Eddie Brown of the San Diego Union-Tribune (March 10): Round 1 — Forrest Lamp, OG, Western Kentucky; Round 2 — Cordea Tankersley, CB, Clemson; Round 3 — Samaje Perine, RB, Oklahoma; Round 4 — Connor Harris, ILB, Lindenwood. Previously: Round 1 — Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford; Round 2 — Dorian Johnson, OG, Pittsburgh; Round 3 — Rasul Douglas, CB, West Virginia.
Jared Dubin of CBSSports.com: Teez Tabor, CB, Florida. “Green Bay’s corners are young, inexperienced, and often injured. Tabor could add another talented body and give the Packers more options.”
Johnny Valencia of Breaking Football (March 10): Round 1 — Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio State; Round 2 — Jamaal Williams, RB, BYU; Round 3 — Dorian Johnson, G, Pittsburgh.
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