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2018 NFL mock draft: Packers pick up 2 defenders with top picks

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The Packers target defense again in this week’s mock draft, but some new names end up in Green Bay.

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While previous mock drafts have projected Virginia Tech linebacker Tremaine Edmunds to the Green Bay Packers, this week’s edition has the team looking at another defender with their top selection.

With the No. 14 overall pick, SB Nation’s draft guru Dan Kadar sees Green Bay targeting Boston College’s Harold Landry. Landry grades as one of the few coveted pass rushers in the class and might have gone in the first round had he declared for the draft a year earlier. The Packers, who could see Clay Matthews depart in free agency after the upcoming season and have only Nick Perry among the proven commodities at outside linebacker, need to find some new blood at the position this offseason.

Here’s what Kadar had to say about the Harold selection:

14. Green Bay Packers: Harold Landry, Edge, Boston College

An ankle injury literally slowed Landry down for much of the 2017 season. He’s a pass rusher with a game built around initial burst and speed. When he’s healthy, Landry is arguably the draft’s top pure edge-rusher.

Unlike in past weeks, Kadar extended this week’s mock to the second round. With the No. 45 overall pick, he gave the Packers Colorado cornerback Isaiah Oliver. Kadar kindly provided some additional analysis of the Oliver selection:

Oliver got overlooked some before last season because Colorado also had NFL defensive backs in cornerback Chidobe Awuzie and safety Ahkello Witherspoon. Oliver is a better prospect than Awuzie because he has good size and length and speed on the outside. He’s a corner who knows how to use his reach at the snap and disrupt routes, but if he gets beat he has really good over-the-top speed to recover. He’s ideally suited to play in man coverage. He needs to refine his footwork some, and will get hit on crafty moves in routes that open passing windows. But his size and speed make him an outside cornerback who is easy to project getting better.