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Packers Mock Draft 2019: Green Bay gets instant contributors at LB and WR

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Green Bay holds an intriguing pick at number 12 that could go many different ways, but finding a day-one playmaker is critical.

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Much has changed in one month as pro days have come and gone in preparation of the 2019 NFL Draft. And while not everything has changed since version one of my mock draft, the Green Bay Packers’ two selections have.

Green Bay has a medley of routes it could go with both picks, especially its first. But the Packers have a unique opportunity with the 12th pick to draft a prospect with both a high ceiling and the ability to see the field right away. In version two of my mock draft, Green Bay was able to net two playmakers that could make a quick impression on the 2019 squad.

Shawn’s Mock Draft, Version 2

Pick Team Player Position School Previous
Pick Team Player Position School Previous
1 Arizona Kyler Murray QB Oklahoma No Change
2 San Francisco Nick Bosa DE Ohio State No Change
3 NY Jets Josh Allen OLB Kentucky Quinnen Williams
4 Oakland Quinnen Williams DT Alabama Josh Allen
5 Tampa Bay Ed Oliver DT Houston Dwayne Haskins
6 NY Giants Dwayne Haskins QB Ohio State Jawaan Taylor
7 Jacksonville Jawaan Taylor OT Florida Rashan Gary
8 Detroit Montez Sweat DE Mississippi State No Change
9 Buffalo Brian Burns DE Florida State D.K. Metcalf
10 Denver Drew Lock QB Missouri No Change
11 Cincinnati Devin White ILB LSU No Change
12 Green Bay Devin Bush ILB Michigan Brian Burns
13 Miami Clelin Ferrell DE Clemson No Change
14 Atlanta Greedy Williams CB LSU No Change
15 Washington Rashan Gary DT Michigan Garrett Bradbury
16 Carolina Andre Dillard OT Washington State Jonah Williams
17 NY Giants D.K. Metcalf WR Ole Miss Johnathan Abram
18 Minnesota Cody Ford OT/G Oklahoma Ed Oliver
19 Tennessee Noah Fant TE Iowa No Change
20 Pittsburgh Chauncey Gardner-Johnson S Florida Devin Bush
21 Seattle TJ Hockenson TE Iowa No Change
22 Baltimore Josh Jacobs RB Alabama No Change
23 Houston Jonah Williams OT Alabama Andre Dillard
24 Oakland Byron Murphy CB Washington Deandre Baker
25 Philadelphia Garrett Bradbury C NC State Cody Ford
26 Indianapolis Christian Wilkins DT Clemson No Change
27 Oakland Dexter Lawrence DT Clemson No Change
28 LA Chargers Nasir Adderley S Delaware No Change
29 Kansas City Deandre Baker CB Georgia Byron Murphy
30 Green Bay AJ Brown WR Ole Miss Greg Little
31 LA Rams Dalton Risner OL Kansas State Jaylon Ferguson
32 New England Jerry Tillery DT Notre Dame No Change
  1. The Packers are one team that holds a card early in the draft that could change the trajectory of the first round. Green Bay could opt for one of the draft’s top tight ends, one of the top edge rushers available, an upper-tier offensive lineman, or a rangy inside linebacker. Perhaps this year more than any other, the Packers’ selection is a mystery. If the draft falls the way I anticipated, Green Bay will be in a predicament of having to overdraft a player. However, Bush is an ascending commodity in recent weeks and could be a player that helps the Packers’ defense immediately with his speed and ability to cover the field on third down.
  2. Yes, Green Bay does go wide receiver in round one for the first time since Javon Walker in 2002. Again, plenty of options exist for Green Bay including Dalton Risner, a versatile offensive lineman rising up my board, or even a safety like Chauncey Gardner-Johnson if available. But if Green Bay can add a receiver like AJ Brown, who could contribute in the slot without Randall Cobb in 2019 or line up outside, the team would really benefit. Brown is a more complete package at this point than his teammate D.K. Metcalf.
  3. Quarterbacks are a tricky proposition in the 2019 NFL Draft. I feel confident that Arizona, New York, and Denver would draft the players I’ve given them, but will the latter two teams have to trade up? And will Duke’s Daniel Jones sneak into the later portion of round one?
  4. One of my biggest risers since the last mock draft was Ed Oliver. Now that the cloud over the Houston disruptor has passed and his pro day has highlighted his athleticism, expect Oliver to jump into the top ten or even top five. If not, Green Bay could come calling at 12.
  5. Washington State’s Andre Dillard could be one of the draft’s biggest surprises depending on how individual teams rank the top offensive line prospects. Jawaan Taylor is the top tackle in my mock, but I would not be shocked to see Dillard’s name called first with his feet and quickness to stop edge rushers.
  6. Iowa’s two tight ends - Noah Fant and TJ Hockenson - stay where there were last time in pick-20 territory. However, there is a part of me that could see either player go much higher if certain teams see the right schematic fit. They make up two of the tougher players to predict this draft season.