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Shawn’s Final 2021 Mock Draft: Packers nab secondary help at 29th overall

Green Bay adds a safety to help in the slot while providing package versatility for its existing secondary.

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Many years, a run on quarterbacks tends to dictate how the top of the first round will fall during the NFL Draft. This year is no different, but predicting when and to who those quarterback will be drafted is just as difficult in 2021 as it was back in 2017.

Just like that particular draft, there figure to be a number of in-draft trades by teams looking to move ahead of competitors. Recent quarterback trades by Carolina and Denver provide extra uncertainty about which teams are truly in the QB market. Therefore, making a mock draft free of trades is quite the challenge this spring. Yet, here is a final mock that attempts to do just that.

As the top half of the draft plays out, the Green Bay Packers will be eagerly awaiting their 29th pick (of course, if they do not trade it themselves) and a plethora of options to improve any number of positions.

Shawn’s Final 2021 Mock Draft

Pick Team Player Position College
Pick Team Player Position College
1 Jacksonville Trevor Lawrence QB Clemson
2 NY Jets Zach Wilson QB BYU
3 San Francisco Mac Jones QB Alabama
4 Atlanta Kyle Pitts TE Florida
5 Cincinnati Penei Sewell OT Oregon
6 Miami Ja'Marr Chase WR LSU
7 Detroit Jaylen Waddle WR Alabama
8 Carolina Rashawn Slater OT Northwestern
9 Denver Justin Fields QB Ohio State
10 Dallas Jaycee Horn CB South Carolina
11 NY Giants DeVonta Smith WR Alabama
12 Philadelphia Caleb Farley CB Virginia Tech
13 LA Chargers Christian Darrisaw OT Virginia Tech
14 Minnesota Trey Lance QB North Dakota State
15 New England Micah Parsons LB Penn State
16 Arizona Patrick Surtain CB Alabama
17 Las Vegas Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah LB Notre Dame
18 Miami Kwity Paye Edge Michigan
19 Washington Alijah Vera-Tucker OL USC
20 Chicago Greg Newsome II CB Northwestern
21 Indianapolis Jaelan Phillips Edge Miami
22 Tennessee Elijah Moore WR Ole Miss
23 NY Jets Teven Jenkins OT Oklahoma State
24 Pittsburgh Jamin Davis LB Kentucky
25 Jacksonville Christian Barmore DL Alabama
26 Cleveland Rashod Bateman WR Minnesota
27 Baltimore Zaven Collins LB Tulsa
28 New Orleans Asante Samuel CB Florida State
29 Green Bay Trevon Moehrig S TCU
30 Buffalo Azeez Ojulari Edge Georgia
31 Baltimore Terrace Marshall WR LSU
32 Tampa Bay Tyson Campbell CB Georgia

Quick Hitters

  • The Packers select TCU’s Trevon Moehrig in this mock, adding a valuable coverage safety who could also be used in the slot with regularity. Although the Packers would benefit from a cornerback, their depth at safety is also limited. Moehrig’s selection provides insurance at the position, while also freeing up a player like Darnell Savage for more slot opportunities himself and a playmaking role in Joe Barry’s defense. Still, a case could be made for the Packers to pick just about any of the players mocked from choices 23 to 29. The depth should be strong when Green Bay is on the clock.
  • Kwity Paye is one of the most fascinating names of the first round. Paye would not be a surprise selection at the 11th (New York) or 12th (Philadelphia) picks, but a number of other mocks have Paye slipping late in the first round. This mock places Paye in a more middle location, but his ranking among the edge rushers in this draft has remained hard to assess.
  • Denver may have just traded for Teddy Bridgewater to go along with Drew Lock, but a quarterback could still be in play as a longer-term answer. The Broncos have built a solid roster, but remain a “great” quarterback away from earning a pick outside the top 10 picks each year. They get their pick of Trey Lance or Justin Fields here, but opt for the more experienced passer.
  • Where the top cornerbacks will land is becoming more interesting by the day. Although Patrick Surtain might be the consensus top corner in most mocks, Jaycee Horn could be the first off the board, as could Caleb Farley. The order is one of the more interesting side stories of the first half of the draft, but should not impact the prospects available to the Packers later in the round. This mock has Horn leading the way at 10th overall to a Cowboys team starving for a feisty corner.
  • Micah Parsons has consistently been the top inside linebacker on the board throughout the draft process and remains the first one taken in this mock. However, it would not surprise if the speedy Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah or fast-rising Jamin Davis supplanted Parsons by the time the night is over. Davis has started to rise as far as ninth overall on some boards in recent days.