The Green Bay Packers are coming off of two consecutive NFC Championship exits. After a questionable draft last year, they are looking to continue their growth and hopefully reach the Super Bowl following a great 2021 draft. For this mock, myself, MJ Hurley and Chris Gallagher did the mock live on the simulator and reacted to how the board went during our third episode of “The Cheeseheads”. You can find the video of this mock here.
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Round 1, Pick 29: Zaven Collins, LB, Tulsa
The Green Bay linebacker room is not great, let’s just leave it at that. Collins is a perfect complement to what the Packers already have with Krys Barnes and Kamal Martin and provides the most complete skill set of any of the linebackers on the roster. Collins has outstanding coverage ability after playing safety during high school. The Packers desperately need help at their linebacker spot, and getting Collins at 29 is a steal. Green Bay has already had a visit with him in the pre-draft process, so this becoming a reality is closer than many may expect, even if it requires a trade-up.
For more on Collins, read our scouting report on him here.
Round 2, Pick 62: Tyson Campbell, CB, Georgia
Kevin King won’t be wearing green and gold next season, and even if he was, Green Bay would likely add a cornerback early in the draft. The Packers need a cornerback opposite of Jaire Alexander almost more than they need to add a linebacker. Campbell is a perfect partner to Alexander and would match Green Bay’s system, where they run a lot of man coverage.
For more on Campbell, read our scouting report on him here.
Round 3, Pick 92: Dyami Brown, WR, North Carolina
The Packers were one of only two teams to not take a receiver in the 2020 draft. This time, Brown falls right into their lap in the third round. If you watch the podcast, you can see all three of the guys in the podcast immediately point to Brown falling there. He can play in the slot or on the boundary and would be a perfect fit with Davante Adams, Allen Lazard, and Marquez Valdes-Scantling already on the roster.
Round 4, Pick 135: Brady Christensen, OT, BYU
The Packers cut Ricky Wagner a few weeks ago, opening a hole at their right tackle spot. While Billy Turner could fill that hole, he may be playing left tackle to start the season because of David Bakhtiari‘s injury. Green Bay spent three picks on the interior of the offensive line, so now it’s time to add to the offensive tackle depth. Christenson could be selected a lot higher than this, but he did a great job of protecting Zach Wilson‘s blindside for BYU.
Round 4, Pick 142: Bobby Brown III, IDL, Texas A&M
The interior of the defensive line needs work as well. Brown is a great developmental prospect that would team up with Kenny Clark to be a great one-two punch in the middle of the defensive line. Brown would be best used as a 1-tech in Green Bay. Adding both Collins and Brown in this draft gives the Packers more added reinforcements to help their run defense that hasn’t been good over the last few seasons.
Round 5, Pick 174: Tyree Gillespie, SAF, Missouri
While the Packers have Adrian Amos and Darnell Savage as their starting safeties, there is much-needed depth behind them. Green Bay may also use more three safety sets in 2021, with Joe Barry being named the defensive coordinator. Gillespie is a steal in the third round and offers a full skillset in the run game and coverage. He held Kyle Pitts in check and stood up Najee Harris at the goal-line a few times in the Alabama game. The Packers are getting a steal here in the fifth round.
For more on Gillespie, read our scouting report on him here.
Round 5, Pick 178: Jermar Jefferson, RB, Oregon State
Green Bay is set to lose both Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams to free agency. That leaves AJ Dillon, Patrick Taylor Jr., and Dexter Williams as the running backs for the Packers. Green Bay has already had a visit with Jefferson, and he fits perfectly for what Green Bay wants in a counterpart to Dillon. Jefferson has the long-speed and receiving abilities to pair nicely with Dillon.
For more on Jefferson, read our scouting report on him here.
Round 6, Pick 215: Marco Wilson, CB, Florida
The Packers double up on cornerbacks by selecting Wilson. He is the brother of Quincy Wilson and could provide some competition to Chandon Sullivan in the slot. Wilson primarily plays in man coverage and would be a great fit for the Packers in that regard as well.
Round 6, Pick 221: K.J. Britt, LB, Auburn
Green Bay doubles up on the linebacker position as well. The Packers have already had a visit with Britt, who was a solid performer during Senior Bowl week. The only issue with how he fits in Green Bay is that he should primarily play in a 4-3 scheme. For the Packers, he will likely be a special teams contributor early on in his career.
Round 7, Pick 250: Tarron Jackson, EDGE, Coastal Carolina
Jackson has 18 sacks and 26 tackles for loss in his last two seasons at Coastal Carolina. He can play in a variety of roles, including on the interior and as a stand-up linebacker off the edge that can cover. Jackson will be a developmental piece for the Packers behind Za’Darius Smith and Rashan Gary.