The Packers lost a heart breaking NFC Championship Game to Tom Brady and The Tampa Bay Buccaneers on some questionable calls by the refs and head coach Matt Lafleur. The Packers will be heading to a tough off-season with Pro-Bowlers Aaron Jones and Corey Linsley becoming free agents. Jamall Williams, Kevin (Burnt Toast) King, Mercedes Lewis and Tyler Ervin will all be free agents. The Packers have already committed to long-term contracts with with All-Pro David Bakhtiari and Pro-Bowler Kenny Clark. The Packers won't have much if any to work with, Spotrac projects the packers to be $25.79 Million over the cap in 2021 assuming that the cap stays at $175 Million. The Packers won't be able to do much if anything in free agency this year meaning the draft will be HUGE for them. I will be using the Draft Network Draft Simulator for Packers 7 Round Mock.
ROUND 1 PICK 29: Asante Samuel Jr. CB FSU
No doubt the packers have a true number one lockdown corner in Jaire Alexander but if you have a lockdown corner chances are your second corner is going to get picked on. The main reasoning behind this pick is the packers have to get faster on defense and that was proved versus the buccaneers when Chris Godwin got matched up Chandon Sullivan or Kevin (Burnt Toast) King. Asante Samuel was best corner and fastest corner left on the board when the packers picked in this simulation.
ROUND 2 PICK 61: Dillion Radunz OT NDSU
While Billy Turner was a unsung hero for the Packers and played good Right Tackle for most of the year before he was asked to move to Left Tackle after the injury of David Bakhtiari. Billy Turner isn't going to be getting any younger and his contract is up in two years. Dillion Radunz would be a good pick who can sit and learn behind Bakhtiari and Turner. Then take over at Right Tackle and replace Turner.
ROUND 3 PICK 92: Dyami Brown WR North Carolina
Well this is a pick a lot of people will like the Packers finally get Aaron Rodgers a Wide Receiver and yes Aaron Rodgers will be the Packers QB next year. But Dyami Brown is a top 3 receiver that plays from both the slot and out wide and can definitely improve the Packers offense.
ROUND 4 PICK 133: Anthony Schwartz WR Auburn
Let's double up on Wide Receivers. Anthony Schwartz has blazing speed and would fit really well in Matt Lafleur's offense. Schwartz would give Rodgers the ability to stretch defense's deep down the field. I think Aaron Rodgers would like this draft class so far.
ROUND 4 PICK 140: Pooka Williams RB Kansas
Aaron Jones is more than likely not returning to the Packers and it's uncertain wether Jamal Williams will be back. I doubt the Packers would make AJ Dillion the bell-cow back. They will mostly likely go with a good combo of backs with speed and power, Dillion would obviously be the power and Pooka Williams would be the speed.
ROUND 5 PICK 172: Joshua Kaindoh Edge FSU
Kaindoh has tremendous physical traits good strength and power, ideal size with long arms. Kaindoh is an amazing Athlete with tremendous physical traits who will be a great developmental piece for the packers. If Kaindoh can figure out the technical issues of the game he could be a good pass rusher in the NFL or at least a good rotational third down pass rusher.
ROUND 5 PICK 178: Marco Wilson CB Florida
Shoe throwing aside Marco Wilson is a prospect with a lot of tools and just needs someone to teach him how to utilize them on a more consistent basis. Wilson would fit well into the Packers defense as a Slot or Nickel Cornerback replacing Chandon Sullivan.
ROUND 6 PICK 209: Tuf Borland LB OSU
Well the names describes him Tuf Borland is tough as nails in 2018 he played through a still recovering Achilles. Borland would a good developmental base MIKE linebacker. The Packers linebacking core has improved over this year, but Christian Kirksey's contact is up next year and Kamal Martin will more than likely replace Kirksey. But Borland could take Martin spot as a run down linebacker.
ROUND 6 PICK 217: Luke Farrell TE OSU
The Packers will be losing their best blocking tight end in Mercedes Lewis to free agency, but Farrell could make that loss seem a lot easier. Farrell is not afraid to do the dirty work, Farrell is a tough and really good blocker.
ROUND 7 PICK 252: Eric Burrell S Wisconsin
Eric Burrell is a great athlete and very versatile player. Wisconsin would put him as a single-high, deep 1/2, man-to-man in the slot, box-safety, he’d blitz off of the edge and more. I think this a player Mike Pettine or whoever the Packers Defensive Coordinator will be next year could really play around Burrell and use him everywhere.