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2019 NFL mock draft: Packers again projected for Polite, Hockenson

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Mock draft season has become predictable with regard to the Packers, who once again landed Jachai Polite and T.J. Hockenson in the first round.

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The 2019 NFL Draft might prove one of the wildest, most entertaining drafts in league history. However, at least as it pertains to the Green Bay Packers, the mock drafts leading up to it haven’t yielded much variation week to week.

In yet another mock draft, SB Nation’s Dan Kadar projects the Packers to select familiar targets at each of their first-round picks.

12. Green Bay Packers: Jachai Polite, Edge, Florida

Offseason needs: Edge defender, tight end, guard, defensive line

Green Bay’s needs this offseason should easily be addressed due to having two first-round picks this year. After an edge defender, tight end, and guard, the rest of the Packers’ concerns are more about depth and looking beyond the 2019 season. That’s why some mocks have had Green Bay doubling up on pass rushers. Clay Matthews is likely gone, and Nick Perry isn’t living up to his massive contract.

Regular Acme Packing Company readers surely know the case for Jachai Polite by now. The Florida product offers top-flight movement skills and a track record for generating pressure. Especially with Clay Matthews set to hit free agency and Nick Perry a possible cap casualty, Polite fills an obvious need without sacrificing value at pick No. 12.

30. Green Bay Packers: (via New Orleans): T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa

Offseason needs: Edge defender, tight end, guard, defensive line

As good as of a prospect as Hockenson is, it’s hard to find good landing spots for tight ends in the first round. Especially after you get past the first 12 or so picks. That’s obviously a good thing for the Packers, who get one of the 10 best players in the draft near the end of the first round.

Iowa tight end T.J. Hockenson has come off the board far earlier in previous mock drafts, but he makes plenty of sense for Green Bay should he last until the end of the first round. New head coach Matt LaFleur uses multiple tight ends regularly, and Hockenson would immediately become the top blocking option for the Packers. As Jimmy Graham continues to decline, Hockenson can ascend to the top of the depth chart.