With just over a week until the NFL Draft drama plays out, there are still plenty of unknowns within the top 10 picks of the draft, much less the bottom of the first round where the Green Bay Packers will be selecting. As we near draft week, it’s time for the second chapter of Shawn’s mock.
The 2.0 version features a change within the top five since the original predictions, beginning a run on offensive tackles that changed the complexion of the first 15 selections. As the mock progressed, that run prevented any notable tackles from remaining on the board at the Packers’ 30 overall pick. However, a number of wide receivers remained in play for Green Bay and the team scooped one up.
Here is how it all played out.
Shawn’s 2020 NFL Mock Draft, 2.0
|2||Washington||Chase Young||DE||Ohio State|
|3||Detroit||Jeff Okudah||CB||Ohio State|
|4||NY Giants||Tristan Wirfs||OT||Iowa|
|6||LA Chargers||Justin Herbert||QB||Oregon|
|11||NY Jets||Mekhi Becton||OT||Louisville|
|12||Las Vegas||Jerry Jeudy||WR||Alabama|
|13||San Francisco||CeeDee Lamb||WR||Oklahoma|
|14||Tampa Bay||Henry Ruggs||WR||Alabama|
|15||Denver||Javon Kinlaw||DT||South Carolina|
|19||Las Vegas||Patrick Queen||LB||LSU|
|20||Jacksonville||Jordan Love||QB||Utah State|
|22||Minnesota||Yetur Gross-Matos||DE||Penn State|
|23||New England||Zack Baun||LB||Wisconsin|
|24||New Orleans||Kenneth Murray||LB||Oklahoma|
|30||Green Bay||Denzel Mims||WR||Baylor|
|31||San Francisco||Kristian Fulton||CB||LSU|
|32||Kansas City||Antoine Winfield Jr.||DB||Minnesota|
- Green Bay added Denzel Mims, the Baylor standout that appears to be of serious interest to the organization. Mims is the kind of size-speed athlete the Packers have coveted at the position under General Manager Brian Gutekunst. Although he has several areas of his game to improve, Mims has elite ball skills and can make contested and acrobatic catches. He may need a year to adjust to the NFL game, but the ceiling is high for Mims who makes it to pick 30 after being mocked to Minnesota last time around.
- Several new names entered the mix in version 2.0 near the end of round one, including Marlon Davidson, Kristian Fulton, Jaylon Johnson, and Antoine Winfield, Jr. Johnson, in particular, has been among one of the notable risers of the past couple of weeks and can be seen as high as pick 22 in several experts’ mock drafts.
- The New York Giants hold one of the biggest first-round wildcard picks in this year’s draft. The team probably wishes it had not selected Daniel Jones in the first round last year and waited for this draft’s strong trio of signal callers at the top. However, the Giants can really change the dynamic of the top 10 if they begin the run on tackles with Wirfs and pass on Clemson’s Isaiah Simmons. If that happens, where does the versatile Simmons land? He goes to Carolina at seven here, but his fall will also directly affect Auburn’s Derrick Brown and makes Cleveland have to pick between Brown and a tackle like Mekhi Becton. The drama all begins with the Giants.
- Henry Ruggs has been mocked all over the place depending on who you read. In this mock, he stays in the mid-first territory but moves up one pick to Tampa Bay with the offensive tackles off the board. There are many who believe Ruggs is the best receiver in this year’s deep class and he could be a spark plug for the Bucs’ Tom Brady-led offense.