Each year, the SB Nation writer’s mock draft brings our brethren from all the NFL blogs together to participate in one master mock in which each team blog makes the selection for each team. In this year’s mock, we selected outside linebacker T.J. Watt for the Green Bay Packers with the 29th pick of the mock.
Now, we are on the clock with pick 61, and we are disappointed to have seen all the cornerbacks we have graded as a first- or second-round value leave the board. Even the player who Jason Hirschhorn grabbed for the Packers in round two of the APC mock draft — Michigan DL Chris Wormley — was just scooped up a few picks ago.
Therefore, we are going against the grain a bit, as we decided to get some additional help for Aaron Rodgers.
With the 61st pick, we at Acme Packing Company selected wide receiver Chris Godwin from Penn State.
You might be thinking, "Really? A receiver over a running back or cornerback in round two?" The fact is, the Packers have always been more willing to spend high draft capital on wideouts than they have on running backs, and with the run on corners in round two, there aren't any on the board that we feel are good value and good fits in Green Bay. Godwin, on the other hand, is both.
He checks off all the boxes that the Packers tend to look for in a receiver — size, speed, quickness, and college productivity. In addition, he is young, having just turned 21, so he has room to continue to grow and progress under the tutelage of Mike McCarthy and company.
Finally, receiver is actually a sneaky need for the Packers this year. Jordy Nelson had a nice bounce-back season, but he will turn 32 next month. Meanwhile, Randall Cobb has so far failed to live up to his big contract and Davante Adams will be a free agent next spring. It's possible that any one (or more) of them might be gone in 2018, leaving a significant hole on the roster at receiver. In addition, Godwin can win on the outside, and he should provide a legitimate one-on-one deep threat that the Packers don't seem to have right now.
Here’s how the draft board set up with this pick, and be sure to let us know why this was a
brilliant horrible selection.
SB Nation Mock Draft
|1||CLE||Myles Garrett||DE||Texas A&M|
|2||SF||Malik Hooker||S||Ohio State|
|5||TEN (from LAR)||Marshon Lattimore||CB||Ohio State|
|7||LAC||Malik McDowell||DL||Michigan State|
|10||BUF||Corey Davis||WR||Western Michigan|
|12||CLE (from PHI)||Mitchell Trubisky||QB||North Carolina|
|13||ARI||Patrick Mahomes||QB||Texas Tech|
|14||PHI (from MIN)||Reuben Foster||ILB||Alabama|
|17||WAS||Dalvin Cook||RB||Florida State|
|18||TEN (from LAR)||John Ross||WR||Washington|
|25||HOU||DeShone Kizer||QB||Notre Dame|
|30||PIT||Gareon Conley||CB||Ohio State|
|31||ATL||Derek Rivers||EDGE||Youngstown State|
|32||NO (from NE)||Evan Engram||TE||Ole Miss|
|34||SF||Forrest Lamp||G||Western Kentucky|
|35||JAX||Taylor Moton||OL||Western Michigan|
|39||NYJ||Pat Elflein||C/G||Ohio State|
|50||TB||Josh Jones||S||NC State|
|52||CLE (from TEN)||Teez Tabor||CB||Florida|
|60||DAL||Jordan Willis||DE||Kansas State|
|61||GB||Chris Godwin||WR||Penn State|