Though the Green Bay Packers remained steadfast amid various injuries and embarked on a magical run that culminated in a trip to the NFC Championship game last season, several underlying deficiencies revealed themselves throughout the 2019 season. In order for the Packers to return to prominence, they must sufficiently address areas of need in the upcoming NFL Draft. This updated 7-round Packers mock draft below attempts to address those needs. Version 1.0 of our Packers mock draft can be found on page 2.

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Team Needs: WR, OT, ILB, G, QB

The 2020 NFL Draft will be a crucial test for the Green Bay Packers after their 2019 draft haul yielded them little production on the field. Rashan Gary is a questionable scheme fit and was a head-scratcher at 12, and as high as I am on Darnell Savage’s pro prospects, selecting him at 21 was a reach, even for me. Third-round tight end Jace Sternberger began his career on injured reserve due to a preseason injury but returned to appear in six games (one start). The rest of the class is little more than contributing depth pieces.

This year, it is imperative that Green Bay comes away with a viable second option in the passing attack with one of their first two picks, and they must make a concerted effort to add youth along the offensive line. While many of the building blocks that catapulted the team to a playoff berth still remain, there are glaring areas of opportunities that must be addressed in order to sustain success.

Round 1, Pick 30: Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor

Whether it has been Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Allen Lazard, or Jake Kumerow, Green Bay has struggled mightily to find the proper running mate opposite Davante Adams. Denzel Mims adds a different dynamic to the Packers passing attack, in that he possesses the requisite size and speed to defeat 1-on-1 coverage with regularity, to go along with the body control and catch radius to thrive in an offense with rocket-armed Aaron Rodgers and creative offensive mind Matt LaFleur at the helm. The Green Bay aerial attack will finally reach its full potential with this weaponry in place.

Related | Tony Pauline’s Scouting Report: Baylor WR Denzel Mims

Round 2, Pick 62: Prince Tega Wanogho, OT, Auburn

Rick Wagner is now on the wrong side of 30 and the team will likely look to land his replacement here. At 6’5″ and 308 pounds, Prince Tega Wanogho is a talented, albeit raw prospect that is a bit of a late bloomer to the sport. The Auburn product is a fluid-mover in space and has the athleticism necessary to eventually man the left post for the next decade. In Green Bay, however, he will have the luxury of learning on the job and not being thrown into the fire right away.

Related | Tony Pauline’s Scouting Report: Auburn OT Prince Tega Wanogho

Round 3, Pick 94: Logan Wilson, LB, Wyoming

Over the past two months, Logan Wilson has become one of the fastest risers of this draft class. At 6’3″ and 241 pounds, Wilson has the size and versatility to essentially play any of the three linebacker positions, but in Green Bay, he will man one of the two inside linebacker spots. Possessing lateral agility, range, instinctiveness, and rare coverage acumen for the position, Wilson has the makings of a three-down linebacker at the next level. Though the Packers recently added Christian Kirksey to their linebacking stable, his current running mate, Oren Burks, is best suited to be a rotational player. By my estimation, Wilson could conceivably come off the board anywhere from pick 75-100, so landing him here feels like tremendous value.

Round 4, Pick 136: James Morgan, QB, Florida International

The lack of a developmental arm behind Rodgers is mildly concerning, especially given his advanced age. The Packers may find his eventual successor in Green Bay native James Morgan. Morgan, who grew up idolizing Packers legend Brett Favre, has enjoyed an immensely productive pre-draft cycle, including standout showings at the East-West Shrine Bowl and the NFL Scouting Combine. Morgan’s big arm, innate leadership, and ability to make every throw makes him awfully enticing in this spot, and given his recent buzz, teams won’t be able to wait on Morgan.

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Round 5, Pick 175: Darryl Williams, G, Mississippi State

The Packers could stand to see a much-needed revamp in the trenches. While they won’t be able to initiate the full makeover in one offseason, adding a tackle at the top of this class and Darryl Williams, an interior mauler with tantalizing upside, feels like a good place to start. Williams, a three-year captain and three-year starter, put together a strong showing at the East-West Shrine Bowl. Not particularly heralded as a twitchy guard known for his lateral movement and burst, Williams is an experienced, savvy lineman that is physical at the point of attack and offers center versatility.

Round 6, Pick 192: Tyrie Cleveland, WR, Florida

Perhaps the most gifted of a highly-touted quartet of Florida pass catchers, Tyrie Cleveland was never able to emerge from the pack during his four-year career. Despite his size and downfield speed, Cleveland was never consistent enough to become a prominent fixture in the Gators’ offense. In fact, teams were enamored enough by Cleveland, that he became a late addition to the Senior Bowl roster as an injury replacement.

Cleveland enjoyed a good week in Mobile, winning many of his one-on-one matchups, showcasing his releases off the line and ability to track the ball down the field. Known as a special teams maven at Florida, Cleveland could be selected in this spot for that skill alone, but it’s his downfield presence that makes him an enticing addition to a Packers roster largely absent of speed.

Round 6, Pick 208: James Smith-Williams, North Carolina State

Even with the Smith’s entering their prime and young Gary waiting in the wings, the Packers could still stand to bolster their pass rush, and adding James Smith-Williams in the sixth-round is simply too enticing to pass up. Multiple season-ending injuries are the primary culprit responsible for Smith-Williams’ draft tumble, but the 6’4″ 265-pound edge rusher plays with imposing strength to anchor and set the edge against the run, and is patient when working his moves as a rusher. The intriguing edge rusher ran an impressive 4.6-second 40-yard dash and 7.35-second three-cone drill in Indianapolis, so there are some obvious athletic traits that would make him an attractive option as a low risk/high reward pick.

Round 6, Pick 209: Cheyenne O’Grady, TE, Arkansas

For Green Bay, the tight end position has become something of a carousel as of late. Richard Rodgers, Jared Cook, Jimmy Graham, and Marcedes Lewis are just a handful of the names that have lined up at the position in recent years. Cheyenne O’Grady, 6’4″ and 253 pounds, finished his Arkansas career ranked first in all-time touchdowns for tight ends. The athletic pass-catcher doesn’t have breakaway speed, but boasts next-level ball skills and is a terror after the catch. If he lands in the right system, O’Grady can be a contributing piece to an offense as a rookie.

Round 7, Pick 236: Tyler Bass, K, Georgia Southern

Mason Crosby turns 36 prior to the start of the regular season. While kickers tend to have a much longer shelf life than most players, the Packers will likely want to have his replacement in place sooner than later. Tyler Bass connected on 93 percent of his kicks from 30 to 50 yards last season and has enough leg to regularly boot the ball out of the end zone for touchbacks. If they don’t secure Bass with one of their final picks, they risk losing him as a priority free agent.

Round 7, Pick 242: Carter Coughlin, LB, Minnesota

Carter Coughlin, a Shrine Bowl participant, was one of the prominent players on a Minnesota defense that helped propel the program to an 11-2 record. A tad undersized for the edge rusher role that he occupied for the Gophers, Coughlin’s likely position will be as a linebacker in the NFL. The 6’3″ 236 pounder ran a 4.54-second 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine and appeared fluid enough during the on-field portion of the drills to feasibly make the transition. An ideal late-round flier, Coughlin possesses the frame and skill set to make his mark on special teams in training camp and can potentially graduate to a larger role in time.

10 COMMENTS

  1. I can see the rounds 1 & 2 being realistic, and maybe Logan Wilson if available in that late in the 3rd. However, I don’t see a DT on this list…how? Kenny played above average last season, and we had no one of note to fill his spot in rotation. I think Mctelvin Agim out of Arkansas would be a solid pick to develop for anywhere on the DL. Intelligent, quick, strong, he has tremendous upside. Very limited by coaching staff in college.
    I think O’Grady could be a huge success, but he has major maturity issues.
    I think we go 1. WR or OT, depending upon that it’s 2. WR, OT, or LB – 3. G or TE 4. WR, LB, or DT. and for the 5-7 a mix of the above positions with a RB in the mix.

    I agree with the others, no kicker. Mason is fine.

  2. Kyle Snyder you are so correct about the Tremaine Edmunds selection over Jaire Alexander 😄 considering how much Alexander helped the Packers stop the 49’ers running backs in those games 🤣🤣🤣

  3. “I didn’t like it when Gute passed on drafting LB Tremaine Edmunds in the 1st RD. The Packers are feeling the effects of those decisions.”

    You DO realize that the Packers picked Jaire Alexander AFTER Edmunds, right? So in order for this to be right, you’d have to argue that not only is the MLB’er BETTER than Alexander despite playing a position that’s MUCH-MUCH less valuable and important, but that he’s SO much better, we’s worth an ADDITIONAL 1st and 5th round pick(what we got to drop back 4 to pick behind Buffalo).

    That’s…just a laughable argument to make in my opinion. Savage was a bit up and down last year, but he showed how much upside he has. And Alexander….he’s a All Pro caliber player.

    As for Gary…well, I love the pick. He may end up missing, but I’d prefer that the Packers go for the high upside talent than play it safe. And Wilkins is a solid DE, but not really a guy who moves the needle. We DO need another DE though, but the real mistake we made was in letting Mike Pennel leave his in-season visit last year and remain unsigned until the Chiefs picked him up. We just need a guy who can eat up some blockers, something that Lancaster cannot do. But Gary was playing as a 5 technique. He showed his raw ability on speed rushes and bull rushes, but he showed how raw he was as he didn’t have any counters. If the guy has a good work ethic, he’ll be a stud.

    So…I understand wish we’d have picked someone other than Gary. I do NOT get wish we could give up Jaire Alexander+a 1st and 5th round pick for a player who is less valuable.

  4. “The Packers could stand to see a much-needed revamp in the trenches.”

    Whaa?? The Packers need a RT and they let Bulaga go for a relatively cheap number, so injuries and age must have been why, but they hit a HR on Jenkins(a pick I didn’t like, but one that definitely worked out better than we could have hoped). Bahk is a All Pro LT, Linsley is one of the better centers in the NFL…and while he’s a FA next year, he is a CENTER. We definitely don’t need a turnover on the OL outside of..again, RT. And who knows, Yosh Nijman has the talent to develop there. I’d love to see Veldheer brought back and then Wagner wouldn’t be relied upon to start.

  5. Very good first 3 picks. I doubt there would be dimishing returns with all three of those guys. While I love Logan Wilson, it has become clear that the Packers devaluing of the ILB position leads me to believe their could be another option which intrigues them more in the third round, such an another Edge player or cornerback. Gutes last draft class is miles better than his first so I’m hoping that trend continues. This is a draft where I’d be comfortable trading back in RD 1 to pick up another top 150 player as well.

  6. Rashan Gary was a draft pick I didn’t like from the start, and in the draft before that, I didn’t like it when Gute passed on drafting LB Tremaine Edmunds in the 1st RD. The Packers are feeling the effects of those decisions. We are short by one good DT/DE, and there was a good DL/DE named Christian Wilkins that was still there on the board when R. Gary was selected. We’re also short by 3 starting LBs because of free agency.

    I guess, what I’m saying is… I’m expecting Gute to pull another unorthodox move/trade that may not be in the Packers best interest. I don’t have much faith in his judgment, so I think he might pick a WR named Shanault or Reagor, instead of a WR named Mims or Higgins. I want him to prove me wrong because the health of the Packers is more important than my pride.

  7. I really like the first 3 selections. Denzel Mims reminds me of James Lofton. He’ll become the #1 receiver on the Packers, imo. If OT Ezra Cleveland is still there at #62, I’d rather have him than the Prince. ILB Logan Wilson would be a very good pick at #94. The Packers will need another LB in this draft, also. Don’t need any TEs drafted… especially, since there’s a possibility of new WR, Devin Funchess, to be playing TE next season.

  8. Packers just signed Crosby for 3 more years with guaranteed money. You don’t draft a kicker of the future.

    2020 is overrated by Packer fans but Savage was good and Jenkins was great. I haven’t given up on Gary but didn’t like the pick. Sweat and Burns will always be compared to him.

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