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Packers 2024 Mock Draft Roundup: Green Bay is given tackle help

8 of 13 mock drafts this week have the Packers getting help on their bookends, a position that is very much up in the air.

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Welcome to another edition of our Green Bay Packers mock draft round-up. This week, 13 notable first-round mock drafts were published, 8 of which featured the Packers taking an offensive tackle in the first round.

While the assumption is that Zach Tom holds down the right tackle position for at least the remainder of his rookie contract, left tackle has been a question mark for the team virtually the entire 2023 season. David Bakhtiari played just the season-opening game before shutting down for the remainder of the regular season due to a knee injury. Since then, both Rasheed Walker and Yosh Nijman, a 2024 unrestricted free agent, have been rotating in and out of the lineup on Jordan Love’s blindside.

At least as of now, most prognosticators think an upgrade over Walker — with Bakhtiari’s future up in the air — is how Green Bay will choose to use their first-round draft choice in April.

The Tackles

Joe Alt, T, Notre Dame (#8 on the consensus draft board)

J.C. Latham, T, Alabama (#10)

Taliese Fuaga, T, Oregon State (#24)

Armarius Mims, T, Georgia (#26)

If you’ve read any of our previous mock draft round-ups, these shouldn’t be surprising names to you. These four tackles make up five of the highest-rated bookends on the consensus draft board, with the missing player being the fourth-ranked Olu Fashanu of Penn State.

Alt is something between a longer Jake Matthews and an Anthony Castanzo, a lengthy pass protector. Latham, Fuaga and Mims all play right tackle, but the hope is that one of them could flip to the left side for the Packers. Latham is probably the best all-around tackle out of the bunch, with Fuaga potentially fitting in as a high-level pass-protecting guard with an up-and-down motor in the run game. Mims hasn’t played a lot of quality competition, as his first start came in the playoffs last season. This year, Mims missed a majority of the regular season with a high ankle sprain that required surgery, though, he’s now back on the field.

The Non-Tackles

Laiatu Latu, EDGE, UCLA (#12)

Keon Coleman, WR, Florida State (#14)

Jer’Zhan Newton, DL, Illinois (#15)

J.J. McCarthy, QB, Michigan (#23)

Terrion Arnold, CB, Alabama (#41)

While the most popular picks for the Packers were chalk, the non-chalk selections seem to be off the wall. Why is Green Bay projected to pick a quarterback after Love’s best stretch of the season? Can the Packers afford to take a receiver when they already have four young mouths to feed at the position and can’t seem to find enough playing time for Dontayvion Wicks? Why would Green Bay take another edge defender when they already have Rashan Gary, Preston Smith and Lukas Van Ness? All three of those selections seem odd.

Jer’Zhan Newton is an interesting prospect, though, I think Packers fans would rip out their hair if they took another first-round defender. At the moment, the Illinois product is easily the highest-ranked defensive lineman in yet another weak crop of interior linemen that college football has produced. Per the consensus draft board, only two defensive tackles — Newton and Miami’s Leonard Taylor — are expected to be drafted inside the top 50.

Terrion Arnold is a player who is rising quickly. The redshirt sophomore has never been ranked higher than he is on the consensus draft board and only recently started appearing in first-round pick drafts. Meanwhile, The Athletic’s Dane Brugler had him coming off the board ahead of his Alabama teammate Kool-Aid McKinstry, who is ranked as the sixth overall prospect on the consensus board. With Jaire Alexander, Eric Stokes and Carrington Valentine under contract — and the team potentially re-signing slotback/returner Keisean Nixon — would the team really turn a first-round pick into a cornerback after the Rasul Douglas trade?

If a tackle that the Packers want doesn’t fall into their laps, it seems like there are more questions than answers for what general manager Brian Gutekunst will do on draft day in April. Green Bay’s weakest positions going into next year, aside from the uncertainty at left tackle, are probably running back and safety. The consensus board’s top running back is 63rd-ranked TreVeyon Henderson (Ohio State) and the highest-ranked true safety is Kamren Kinchens of Miami (31st). Good luck figuring that one out.