7-Round Green Bay Packers Mock Draft

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Green Bay Packers 7-Round Mock Draft

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The Green Bay Packers are loaded heading into this year’s draft with a whopping 10 draft picks. Granted, four of those are in the seventh round, but it still makes for a nice haul. Below is a complete 7-round Green Bay Packers mock draft as they retool both sides of the ball.

Obviously, the question hanging over the Packers’ head is who will be under center for the team in 2023. It seems all but certain that Green Bay will be moving on from Aaron Rodgers and finally starting the Jordan Love era.

While Rodgers could still be traded for 2023 draft picks before next Thursday’s draft (or before this is even published), I largely expect Green Bay’s draft strategy to remain similar to the one that I’ve mocked.

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Green Bay Packers 7-Round Mock Draft

The Packers are at a turning point in their franchise and a solid draft could go a long way in making that transition as smooth as possible. In this mock draft, the Packers add depth at several premier positions while addressing some key positions of need.

As a note, I’ve completed this mock draft under the assumption that Rodgers is traded at some point this offseason.

Round 1 (No. 15)

Pick: Lukas Van Ness, ED, Iowa

Taking Lukas Van Ness with their first pick is a rather safe pick, but one that the Packers can live with.

While he was never a full-time starter at Iowa, Van Ness is a 270-pound rock that generated 46 pressures and tallied nine sacks for the Hawkeyes last year (per PFF). Van Ness is also better against the run than most edge defenders, and rush defense is an area that Green Bay desperately needs to improve in (ranked 31st in rushing EPA per play allowed in 2022).

Round 2 (No. 45)

Pick: Sam LaPorta, TE, Iowa

Nothing like Green Bay taking two corn-fed Midwesterners to kick off their 2023 draft. After losing Robert Tonyan to free agency, tight end is one of the clearest positions of need for the Packers. LaPorta has been the focal point of Iowa’s passing game the past several seasons, posting back-to-back seasons with 50+ receptions. With his ability to split out wide, LaPorta would give Green Bay the versatility they need to have a solid passing attack.

Round 3 (No. 78)

Pick: AT Perry, WR, Wake Forest

Another year, another draft for the Packers without taking a wide receiver in the first round. But, it still is a position of need despite landing Christian Watson and Romeo Doubs last year.

Perry has a nose for the end zone as he scored 11+ touchdowns in his final two seasons (along with at least 1,000 receiving yards) at Wake Forest. At 6’3″, Perry could fill the X receiver role that Green Bay desperately needs.

Round 4 (No. 116)

Pick: JL Skinner, S, Boise State

Right now, safety Adrian Amos remains unsigned. Skinner has been a starter at safety for Boise State the past two seasons and boasted an 83.3 PFF coverage grade in his final season, which ranked 22nd among safeties in the FBS with at least 200 coverage snaps. He’s got the short-area burst you want while being able to track down ball carriers in space.

Round 5 (No. 149)

Pick: Dorian Thompson-Robinson, QB, UCLA

Regardless of what you think of Jordan Love, having a healthy quarterback competition with someone who has a lot of unknowns is never a bad thing. Thompson-Robinson also adds some much-needed quarterback depth to a roster that would otherwise only have Danny Etling as the only other option besides Love.

Round 5 (No. 170)

Pick: Cory Trice, CB, Purdue

Trice allowed just a 51.3 passer rating and 220 yards on 359 coverage snaps last season. He also added two interceptions and performed well in run defense. With cornerback being a weak-link system, taking more shots on them always helps.

Round 7 (No. 232)

Pick: Jordan McFadden, T, Clemson

David Bahktiari isn’t getting any younger and will incur a $40m cap hit in 2024. Jordan McFadden offers some upside at a position that Green Bay may need to fill sooner than they expect. McFadden was a three-year starter at Clemson with a 78.7 pass-blocking grade in his final year.

Round 7 (No. 235)

Pick: Jake Bobo, WR, UCLA

Jake Bobo is another bigger wide receiver at 6’4″, but only weighs in at 206 pounds, suggesting he could fit into a power slot role despite playing most of his snaps out wide. Bobo was a very reliable outlet for the aforementioned Thompson-Robinson, as Bobo converted 37.2% of his team’s passing third downs.

Round 7 (No. 242)

Pick: Cameron Young, DI, Mississippi State

As I mentioned, improving the Packers’ run defense is a must. Cameron Young had a 77.8 run defense grade (per PFF) in 2021 (fourth among SEC defensive tackles), but that, along with his draft stock, dipped to 65.4.

With some time, Young can become a rotational player on the Packers’ defensive line if he returns to his 2021 performance level.

Round 7 (No. 256)

Pick: Robert Cooper, DI, Florida State

Robert Cooper had a similar fall-off in production to Young, as he had his best year in 2021. With 31.25-inch arms (7th percentile), he doesn’t have the ideal length. But he did have a missed tackle rate of just 3.4% in college, which is an outstanding mark.

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Author: Sam Hoppen