The Packers have a lot of unknowns heading into the season, but no matter what happens, they’ll need help on defense, especially along the front seven, where depth is critical and starters could be upgraded.
In our second mock of the offseason, that’s exactly what we found.
Here are the results:
Jordan Davis – Defensive Line
Profile: At 6’6 345, Davis has the size to play nose tackle, but also the skills to play anywhere else on the line. A dominant bull rusher, he has explosive hands and the ability to walk double teams right back into the quarterback. Single blockers are simply tossed aside. With great lateral agility for size, he has a similar profile to Vita Vea, though not quite as athletic. He’s not perfect, lacking a lot of hand moves and raising questions about effort and conditioning, but he is as good of a prospect as we could hope for at a position of need while picking at 28.
Analysis: In the first mock draft of the year, I just missed Davis by one spot. This time, I got him, and I couldn’t be happier. He would easily be the most impactful player to ever line up next to Kenny Clark and could allow Green Bay to run with a legitimate 2 man line that would take at least four blockers. Having Clark and Davis next to each other would be an incredible start to any defensive alignment.
Tre Williams – Edge
Profile: At 6’5 260, Williams has a strong frame and, despite lacking ideal weight, shows the ability to plant and hold the edge against larger blockers. His quick reactions make up for some limited athleticism, but he is always giving maximum effort. Williams is a powerful run stopper who can also slide in and play the line.
Analysis: One of the Smith Brothers probably won’t be back this year and odds are close to nil that either of them is back next year. Rashan Gary needs a partner and Williams bear a lot of similarities to Preston Smith. The Packers like versatile edge defenders that can hold the point against the run instead of light, twitchy corner-bending edge rushers (think Rashan Gary over Brian Burns) – Williams brings that.
Tre Williams is a solid 2nd round pick to me and the Packers could use another young edge rusher. But Jordan Davis… that’s the kind of guy that late-drafting teams dream of. Picking him up would make my immediate draft grade an A for the Packers.
Four offensive tackles went in the top 9 this time.
Wide receiver Chris Olave went #12 overall to the Vikings.
For this mock, I drafted against the board from Gang Green Pallas – Jets Big Board.
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