Make the Packers GREAT AGAIN!!! Mock Draft

With time winding down until the start of the draft I figured why not have some fun.

In this exercise I will use Mel Kiper’s Final Big Board: Top 300 Prospect and I will choose a player who would theoretically still be around at each of the Packers picks.

For example players 1-26 are off limits for the Packers 1st Round Pick. I will then choose from the remaining field of whom I would select to MAKE THE PACKERS GREAT AGAIN. Too easy, right?

Packers Selections:

(Round/Pick) / Player / Ranking On Mel’s Big Board

(1-27) - Robert Nkemdiche  - DT - Ole Miss - (34th)

Nkemdiche is too talented for me to pass up at #27. In a draft with few elite talents I’m willing to take a swing on someone like Nkemdiche who actually seems to be more of a character as a person than actual locker room cancer. Nkemdiche has his flaws as a run defender but will be able to make a name for himself on passing downs right out of the gate.

 

(2-55) - Javon Hargrave - DT - South Carolina State - (73rd)

I was hoping to grab a MLB or DT here but unfortunately many of the players I was targeting were off the board. I know we already have Mike Daniels but you can never have enough pass rushers. Just like Nkemdiche, Hargrave is one of most explosive interior lineman in this class.

 

(3-88) - Austin Hooper -  TE - Stanford - (92nd)

Hooper isn’t the dynamic seam splitting TE that Packer fans are looking for but he’s the best all around TE in this class. Hooper has experience playing on the LOS and outside, is a pretty good run blocker and has some really impressive catches in traffic to his resume. I think he’s Richard Rodgers +.

 

(4-125) - Jaylon Smith - LB - Notre Dame - (139th)

Simply put, with three 4th Round picks the risk is definitely worth the reward here. Smith is a Top 10 talent in this class when healthy. He wont see the field in 2016 but looking at the big picture he could be an super important and super inexpensive piece of the defense a few years down the road.

(4-131) - Jeremy Cash -  LB/S - Duke - (140th)

I honestly am not sure what to think of Jeremy Cash at the next level. He’s an excellent run defender and adequate in coverage. My thought here was that he might be a nice replacement for Micah Hyde. Hyde is set to be a Free Agent of the season.

(4-137) - Keith Marshall -  RB - Georgia - (175th)

Keith Marshall has sprinter speed (4.31, 40YD) and would bring a serious home run threat to the running game. Marshall did have some trouble coming back from an ACL injury in 2013 but still showed promise as an all-around back in 2015. He’s got a great chance of having a better pro career than collegiate one. People may critique Marshall’s production over his time at Georgia but competing in a backfield with Gurley, Chubb and Michel is something else. He could have certainly transferred to any other school and put up numbers.

(5-163) - Will Redmond - DB - Mississippi State - (227th)

The Packers have lost House, Tramon and Hayward the past two offseason. The cupboards are barer than they appear. Redmond is one of the best DB in his class. He tore his ACL in October so they might have to ease him into action in 2016. Too much value here for me to pass up.

(6-200) - Joe Thuney - OG - NC State - (240th)

Thuney fits the Ted Thompson mold for offensive lineman; a “Day 3” pick who played tackle in the collegiate ranks. Thuney played all over the OL while at NC State and with Sitton and Lang contracts coming up it doesn’t hurt to have a backup plan in place.

(7-248) - Michael Thomas -  WR - Southern Miss - (283rd)

No, unfortunately this isn’t the Ohio State WR, but Mike Thomas from Southern Miss is no slouch either. Thomas is a lanky 6’1” WR who plays bigger than he’s listed. At Southern Miss he has shown the ability to stretch the field vertically as a deep threat and makes some of the most acrobatic catches you’ll see. Honestly would be a steal to get here.

 

Final Reaction:

I’m a little disappointed I wasn’t able to address the LB for 2016 because I would like to move Clay back outside but it wasn’t an option. Ragland didn’t last until 27 and there were much better options at 55 than OSU’s Joshua Perry. Also would've liked to have got a long term solution a NT to pair with Guion.

Outside of that I think the class I was able to get has tremendous upside. Maybe a little risky for some peoples likings but you can’t please everyone.

Option 2: 

(1-27) - Vernon Butler  - DT - Louisiana Tech - (48th)

(2-55) - Michael Thomas - WR - Ohio State - (67th)

(3-88) - Kentrell Brothers -  LB - Missouri - (97th)

(4-125) - Jaylon Smith - LB - Notre Dame - (139th)

(4-131) - Matt Judon -  Edge - Grand Valley State - (131st)

(4-137) - Devon Cajuste -  TE - Stanford - (174th)

(5-163) - Kolby Listenbee - WR - TCU - (224th)

(6-200) - Joe Dahl - OG - Washington State - (230th)

(7-248) - Ryan Smith -  DB - North Carolina Central - (281st)