Restocking the defense with pass rushers has become one of the top priorities for the Green Bay Packers this offseason. If SB Nation’s latest mock draft serves as any indication, the team will land two of the top prospects in the first round.
12. Green Bay Packers: Jachai Polite, DE/OLB, Florida
Polite is the player the Packers need to get in the first round. He’s just behind Allen in terms of versatile edge rushers in this draft. Polite is speed and aggression around the corner, which is the type of player the Packers sorely lack.
Jachai Polite has become a popular pick for the Packers since the end of the season. His size and athleticism fit defensive coordinator Mike Pettine’s preferences, and his production at Florida suggest a high ceiling worthy of first-round consideration. A solid showing at the upcoming NFL Scouting Combine would solidify his status as one of the top defensive prospects on the board.
30. Green Bay Packers: (via New Orleans): Montez Sweat, Edge, Mississippi State
That’s right, the Packers doubling up on pass rushers in the first round again. This time it’s because Sweat is just too good to let fall out of the first round. Like Polite, he can play standing up or with his hand down. The combination of the two would open up a number of possibilities for defensive coordinator Mike Pettine.
In earlier versions of SB Nation’s mock draft, Montez Sweat actually went to Green Bay at No. 12. The Packers have previously double dipped at one position early in the draft, most recently selecting Jaire Alexander and Josh Jackson with back-to-back picks in 2018.