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Packers mock draft: The combine changed the draft, but Green Bay still lands Marcus Davenport

Marcus Davenport’s successful combine reinforces his draft projection to the Packers.

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Necessarily, the results of the NFL Scouting Combine alter the way teams see the incoming rookie class. Some players underperform expectations. In other cases, a player proves they have more burst and speed than expected, forcing personnel evaluator to dig into their film to figure out how they could have misread the situation. Overall, the machinations of the draft change as a result of the new information.

SB Nation’s draft guru Dan Kadar acknowledges those changes in his latest mock draft. However, for the Green Bay Packers, they end up with the edge rusher Kadar has long projected to them, UTSA’s Marcus Davenport.

14. Green Bay Packers: Marcus Davenport, Edge, UTSA

If the Packers manage to get Muhammad Wilkerson this offseason, as expected, that really opens them up to take an outside pass rusher in the first round. Davenport had a good combine, and kept himself ahead of fellow edge players like Harold Landry, Arden Key and Josh Sweat. New Packers defensive coordinator Mike Pettine could see him as a Bruce Irvin-type of situational pass rusher. Keep an eye on a wide receiver here too.

Why does Davenport remain the pick for the Packers? The pass rusher put together a solid composite via strong performances in the speed, agility, and jump tests at the combine, reinforcing his place as one of the top prospects in the draft. And as Kadar noted, Green Bay needs help pressuring the quarterback to help Mike Pettine succeed.

Granted, the Packers could ultimately select a different pass rusher at 14. Harold Landry also performed well in Indianapolis and could find himself in Green Bay as a result, a possibility Kadar notes in his mock. Regardless, it seems increasingly likely that the team will indeed find a new pass rusher at No. 14 overall to groom for the future.