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
|2||San Francisco||Nick Bosa||DE||Ohio State|
|3||NY Jets||Josh Allen||OLB||Kentucky|
|5||Tampa Bay||Devin White||ILB||LSU|
|6||NY Giants||Daniel Jones||QB||Duke|
|9||Buffalo||Brian Burns||DE||Florida State|
|10||Denver||Dwayne Haskins||QB||Ohio State|
|12||Green Bay||Montez Sweat||DE||Mississippi State|
|13||Miami||Andre Dillard||OT||Washington State|
|17||NY Giants||D.K. Metcalf||WR||Ole Miss|
|25||Philadelphia||Dalton Risner||OL||Kansas State|
|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.