Another mock draft dropped from one of the media’s longest-serving draft analysts on Wednesday morning, and this one has a familiar name going to the Green Bay Packers at 14.
In fact, Mel Kiper’s second mock draft has no change in his pick for the Packers from his first mock, as he projects Brian Gutekunst to select edge rusher Marcus Davenport from Texas-San Antonio with his first draft selection.
Here’s Kiper’s analysis of the pick:
Davenport was my pick for Green Bay in Mock Draft 1.0, and I don’t see a reason to change. There really aren’t many top-tier edge rushers in this class for the second half of the first round, and there’s a drop-off after Davenport. He had an OK week at the Senior Bowl but didn’t dominate. That was expected, however, as he’s a raw, quick-twitch athlete with a 6-6 frame and who lacks pass-rushing moves. Those should come in time, and he would get to learn the craft from Clay Matthews in Green Bay.
More interesting from Kiper’s mock is the continued belief he has in quarterback Josh Allen from Wyoming to go first overall to the Cleveland Browns. That pick also remains the same as Kiper’s first mock, but there is a big change at number two. This time, Kiper has the New York Giants selecting running back Saquon Barkley, whereas he previously projected UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen.
Barkley going to the Giants would be an exciting fit for new head coach Pat Shurmur, but it would still leave him without a potential successor to Eli Manning. That might set the table for New York to draft a QB should one of the potential early picks slip into the late stages of round one or down to round two.
For the Packers, however, Davenport continues to be a popular pick, as does Iowa cornerback Joshua Jackson. Kiper’s mock has Jackson slipping a bit, falling down to the Los Angeles Rams with the 23rd overall selection.