Drafting is an inexact science.
Every pick is heavily dependent on the randomness that comes from the other 31 teams.
My most recent 3-round mock fell about as perfectly as I could have imagine.
That inspired me to put together my dream draft.
Without knowing how this will go, but projecting reasonably favorable picks from the other teams, I put together the best possible draft I could image potentially happening.
Here are the results:
Jaxon Smith-Njigba – Wide Receiver
He’s the only wide receiver worthy of a top 15 pick and he’s a perfect fit for the Packers. In a year where there are very few blue chip prospects, it might finally be time for the Packers to take a wide receiver in the 1st round.
Darnell Washington – Tight End
The most potential of all the tight ends in this draft, he’s already a great blocker and could become a great receiver. He could go earlier based on his high ceiling, but the Packers could get great value in the middle of the 2nd round.
Keion White – Edge Rusher
Another high potential player, White fits the Packers profile and would be a welcome addition to a position in need of reinforcements.
Jordan Battle – Safety
There’s a lot of question marks at safety for the Packers and this is not a strong class, but Battle is versatile and a great value late on Day 2.
Jake Haener – Quarterback
Haener doesn’t have prototypical size or a super-strong arm… but he has everything else you want in a quarterback. He’ll probably never be a long-term starter, but he could be the perfect backup… which is what the Packers need.
Moro Ojomo – Defensive Line
A quick penetrating disrupter with the widest wingspan in the class. Strong against the run and would bring much-needed depth to the defensive line rotation.
Bryce Ford-Wheaton – Wide Receiver
The Packers need more than one receiver and the 6’4, 220, 4.38 numbers make him great for a supporting deep threat role.
Chandler Zavala – Offensive Guard
Strong and mobile, Zavala is a great prospect who could fall because of a back injury. With four 7th round picks, the Packers could afford to stash him on the practice squad for a redshirt year.
Noah Gindorff – Tight End
Good tools with receiving and blocking skills. An exciting prospect who is only lacking premier competition.
Ameer Speed – Cornerback
Amazing size (6’3, 210) and speed (4.33) without a lot of ball skills or play time. A great practice squad candidate to develop for the future.
Jake Moody – Kicker
Maybe the best kicker in this class and he has cold-weather experience.
This class would potentially get 5 Day 1 starters in JSN, Washington, White (with Gary injured), Battle, and Ojomo (who might be a longer shot than the others, but definitely fills at least a rotational need), plus a new kicker.
It would also have a couple of potential star receiving targets in JSN and Washington.
All of these guys are drafted at or near the bottom of their consensus ranges, but if just a few of them slipped, I would be thrilled with this haul.
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