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2017 NFL mock draft: It's real, and it's spectacular

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Yes, it's that time again! Mock draft time!

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The 2016 NFL Draft just wrapped up a few days ago, but that hasn't stopped SB Nation's draft visionary Dan Kadar from releasing his first mock for 2017.

Obviously, the process of projecting out the next draft at this point of the year contains has plenty of difficulties and flaws. Still, the exercise has value, giving us an early indication of both how teams might perform and which prospects have already found themselves on the NFL radar.

The Green Bay Packers end up with the 29th pick, a selection which they use Ohio State interior offensive lineman Pat Elflein.

For those unsure why the Packers might use a top draft pick on a guard when both Josh Sitton and T.J. Lang have played at or near an All-Pro level, both could depart next offseason in free agency. The selection of Elflein allows Green Bay to maintain quality along the line, a necessity for the 32-year-old Aaron Rodgers.

Here's what Kadar had to say about the selection:

29. Green Bay Packers: Pat Elflein, G, Ohio State

Josh Sitton and T.J. Lang are both free agents after the season, so the Packers could be on the hunt for a new guard. Elflein is widely considered the best in the draft next year.

Jason B. Hirschhorn is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and covers the NFL for Sports on Earth and SB Nation. He also serves as the senior writer and editor for Acme Packing Company, a Green Bay Packers blog.