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APC selects Chris Godwin for Packers at #61 of SB Nation Mock Draft

A receiver in the second round? Yes, and we hope you’ll understand why when you read our rationale.

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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

Pick Team Player Position College
Pick Team Player Position College
1 CLE Myles Garrett DE Texas A&M
2 SF Malik Hooker S Ohio State
3 CHI DeShaun Watson QB Clemson
4 JAX Solomon Thomas DL Stanford
5 TEN (from LAR) Marshon Lattimore CB Ohio State
6 NYJ Jamal Adams S LSU
7 LAC Malik McDowell DL Michigan State
8 CAR O.J. Howard TE Alabama
9 CIN Leonard Fournette RB LSU
10 BUF Corey Davis WR Western Michigan
11 NO Derek Barnett EDGE Tennessee
12 CLE (from PHI) Mitchell Trubisky QB North Carolina
13 ARI Patrick Mahomes QB Texas Tech
14 PHI (from MIN) Reuben Foster ILB Alabama
15 IND Jonathan Allen DE Alabama
16 BAL Mike Williams WR Clemson
17 WAS Dalvin Cook RB Florida State
18 TEN (from LAR) John Ross WR Washington
19 TB David Njoku TE Miami
20 DEN Christian McCaffrey RB Stanford
21 DET Taco Charlton DE Michigan
22 MIA Haason Reddick LB Temple
23 NYG Ryan Ramczyk OT Wisconsin
24 OAK Zach Cunningham LB Vanderbilt
25 HOU DeShone Kizer QB Notre Dame
26 SEA Garrett Bolles OT Utah
27 KC Takkarist McKinley EDGE UCLA
28 DAL Jabrill Peppers S Michigan
29 GB T.J. Watt OLB Wisconsin
30 PIT Gareon Conley CB Ohio State
31 ATL Derek Rivers EDGE Youngstown State
32 NO (from NE) Evan Engram TE Ole Miss
33 CLE Budda Baker S Washington
34 SF Forrest Lamp G Western Kentucky
35 JAX Taylor Moton OL Western Michigan
36 CHI Obi Melifonwu S UConn
37 LAR Kevin King CB Washington
38 LAC Cam Robinson OT Alabama
39 NYJ Pat Elflein C/G Ohio State
40 CAR Tre White CB LSU
41 CIN Charles Harris DE Missouri
42 NO Quincy Wilson CB Florida
43 PHI Marlon Humphrey CB Alabama
44 BUF Marcus Williams S Utah
45 ARI Chidobe Awuzie CB Colorado
46 IND Sidney Jones CB Washington
47 BAL Carl Lawson OLB Auburn
48 MIN Dan Feeney G Indiana
49 WAS Caleb Brantley DT Florida
50 TB Josh Jones S NC State
51 DEN Antonio Garcia OT Troy
52 CLE (from TEN) Teez Tabor CB Florida
53 DET Tyus Bowser LB Houston
54 MIA Desmond King S Iowa
55 NYG Chris Wormley DT Michigan
56 OAK Fabian Moreau CB UCLA
57 HOU Adoree Jackson CB USC
58 SEA Jarrad Davis ILB Florida
59 KC Davis Webb QB California
60 DAL Jordan Willis DE Kansas State
61 GB Chris Godwin WR Penn State