The Packers aren’t a dominant team, but they don’t have a ton of must-fill glaring holes.
This gives them some flexibility to take the best player available and focus on premium positions.
Cornerback is a premium position with a lot of talent at the top of this draft.
In this mock, the Packers started with another corner to add to their pool.
Here are the results:
Round 1 Joey Porter, Jr – Cornerback
Profile: At 6’2 192, the lanky press corner can really knock receivers off their routes with hard hand jolts. Porter has great ball skills to go with big arm radius. He’s not a natural in off-man coverage, but when he locks up one on one, he goes long stretches where quarterbacks don’t even bother trying to throw at him.
Analysis: Porter may not be a perfect fit for the Packers scheme, but he’s too good to pass up. Last year, Joe Barry played a lot of off-man and didn’t have his corners get aggressive or press for the the first three-quarters of the season. Once he did, they played much better – Porter can do that.
Round 2 Luke Musgrave – Tight End
Profile: One of only 9 players at the Senior Bowl to break 20 mph, the 6’6 250 Musgrave is mostly a receiving tight end. He isn’t very strong for his size and lacks physicality, but he has soft hands great down the seam.
Analysis: Matt LaFleur uses a few different types of tight ends in his offense (primarily a receiver, inline blocker, motion blocker). Musgrave fills the role of primarily a receiver. As a 6’5 guy with good hands, he fits the trend of what top offenses have done.
Round 3 John Michael Schmitz – Center
Profile: A 6’4 320 center, Schmitz uses his wrestling background to gain leverage in the trenches. He’s not a dynamic athlete, but has strong anchor and good hand placement, which helped him show off with one of the better Senior Bowl performances for offensive linemen.
Analysis: Josh Myers has been good for stretches, but inconsistent over his first three years. In the final year of his rookie deal, the Packers may want to get another option in line. Schmitz fits the Packers center profile as a gamer. Big and consistent, without the dynamic athleticism, he can hold court in the middle of the line and bring steady performance.
The Packers really need a tight end, but shouldn’t reach for one. Waiting for Musgrave in the 2nd round allows them to go from a premium cornerback in the first. Getting JMS in the 3rd is solid value for a position the Packers may be looking to upgrade. The Packers would have to wait until Day 3 for a safety in this scenario, but they come away with good value.
For this mock, I drafted against the board from Draft Diamonds.
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