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Mock Draft 2019: Packers could add Mississippi flavor in first round

Green Bay may look at a pair of players from rival schools in the Magnolia State with its first round selections.

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Well, it’s here friends. NFL Draft day 2019. And while there is still a bit of unknown surrounding the Arizona Cardinals’ first overall selection, the Green Bay Packers are set to be on the clock twice in just a few hours.

It is only fitting to reveal my final mock draft on such an occasion as the Packers look to build upon a solid start to General Manager Brian Gutekunst’s draft career a year ago. Green Bay is in position to add a couple of instant playmakers on both sides of the ball on day one, including a pair of in-state rivals down south.

Here is how my final version played out.

Shawn’s Final 2019 NFL Mock Draft

Pick Team Player Position School
Pick Team Player Position School
1 Arizona Kyler Murray QB Oklahoma
2 San Francisco Nick Bosa DE Ohio State
3 NY Jets Josh Allen OLB Kentucky
4 Oakland Quinnen Williams DT Alabama
5 Tampa Bay Devin White ILB LSU
6 NY Giants Daniel Jones QB Duke
7 Jacksonville Jawaan Taylor OT Florida
8 Detroit Ed Oliver DT Houston
9 Buffalo Brian Burns DE Florida State
10 Denver Dwayne Haskins QB Ohio State
11 Cincinnati Devin Bush ILB Michigan
12 Green Bay Montez Sweat DE Mississippi State
13 Miami Andre Dillard OT Washington State
14 Atlanta Greedy Williams CB LSU
15 Washington Rashan Gary DT Michigan
16 Carolina Jonah Williams OT Alabama
17 NY Giants D.K. Metcalf WR Ole Miss
18 Minnesota Cody Ford OT/G Oklahoma
19 Tennessee Christian Wilkins DT Clemson
20 Pittsburgh Clelin Ferrell DE Clemson
21 Seattle TJ Hockenson TE Iowa
22 Baltimore Josh Jacobs RB Alabama
23 Houston Byron Murphy CB Washington
24 Oakland Noah Fant TE Iowa
25 Philadelphia Dalton Risner OL Kansas State
26 Indianapolis Dexter Lawrence DT Clemson
27 Oakland Drew Lock QB Missouri
28 LA Chargers Jeffery Simmons DT Mississippi State
29 Seattle Johnathan Abram S Mississippi State
30 Green Bay AJ Brown WR Ole Miss
31 LA Rams Chauncey Gardner-Johnson S Florida
32 New England Jerry Tillery DL Notre Dame

How Green Bay fared

While Montez Sweat’s stock has been dropping in recent days due to his heart condition being perhaps more serious than first thought, his ceiling remains too high for the Packers to pass up at pick 12. Sweat’s size, length, speed, and array of pass rush moves will get him on the field early and be a quality addition among Green Bay’s new cast of playmakers on the edge. If the medical staff clears Sweat — something that appears likely given new reporting today from Ian Rapoport — this would be a best-case-scenario selection.

I mocked A.J. Brown to Green Bay in my last version and he holds steady here. Despite the Packers drafting a trio of wide receivers in 2018, Brown would immediately join their multiple receiver sets. He has a thick, powerful body that does not give up speed or quickness, and he can separate from defensive backs in all areas of the field. Able to line up outside or in the slot, Brown would provide an excellent complement to Davante Adams and crack the starting lineup sooner rather than later.