Wait, what the hell? When did the Packers become such a hard team to mock for?! Between ten draft picks in 2019 and the fact that the team spent eleventy billion dollars to bring in Za'Darius Smith, Preston Smith, Adrian Amos and Billy Turner to effectively address each of their pressing needs...this was a bear. It's not often I encounter a team that I hit a Day-2 pick and say "well shoot, who the hell do I pick?"
Yet that's where we stand with the Packers. This is a huge opportunity for the Packers to re-stock the shelves and gear up for another run at a second Lombardi Trophy for Aaron Rodgers. Let me know how I did! You can file all complaints to me on Twitter, @TheJoeMarino.
Round 1, Pick No. 12: Ed Oliver, DL, Houston
Hallelujah! The buzzy option is on the board! It's always an "edge of your seat" experience when you fire up Mock Draft Machine and know who you'd *like* to pick but not know if he's actually going to be there.
Lo and behold, Oliver slides to 12 and this is a home run selection. Oliver's bowling ball frame and penetrating style gives this Packers defense a disruptive force up front that is used to playing in the trenches but can also get into the mesh point.
Round 1, Pick No. 30: Noah Fant, TE, Iowa
Ahem. Hallelujah! The b--you get the point. I'm pumped to see Fant available and get him in the locker room with Jimmy Graham for a hot sec. Fant is such an explosive threat in the middle of the field, I love his red zone ability both above the rim and as a move piece. Fant can come in right away and take reps from an aging Graham to keep this passing offense potent.
Round 2, Pick No. 44: Deebo Samuel, WR, South Carolina
Did someone say "potent passing offense"? Yes, hello. I am here to conquer the NFC North. Fant and Samuel into a group that has Aaron Rodgers, Davante Adams, Jimmy Graham, Aaron Jones and a few young, promising wide receivers? Let's strap up and go at it right now.
Samuel is the Randall Cobb replacement and *whispers* he's better.
Round 3, Pick No. 75: Michael Deiter, OL, Wisconsin
The Packers afforded themselves some flexibility with the Billy Turner signing. With that said, Billy got paid. Good for Billy. Deiter brings more flexibility to this group. Guard, tackle, center? Where ever you need him, he can step in and do an admirable job. I would have liked to get a true tackle to push Bulaga at right tackle, but I wasn't going to force a need. Deiter can play there in a pinch and he can cover for Lane Taylor (or Billy Turner) on the inside before becoming a starter down the road.
Round 4, Pick No. 114: Sione Takitaki, LB, Brigham Young
One of the few true needs on this roster is at ILB. With Oren Burks, Blake Martinez and James Crawford, there's just not a lot of proven production at this position group. Takitaki had a strong pre-draft process and I like his athletic ability on this Packers' defense.
Round 4, Pick No. 118: Justin Hollins, EDGE, Oregon
Speaking of athletic ability, the Packers have a group of pass rushers that now feature Za'Darius Smith, Kyler Fackrell and Preston Smith. Not a lot of true explosiveness here. Add in Hollins and let him learn the finer points of playing OLB from this group and you might have a nice little player in 2 or 3 years.
Round 5, Pick No. 150: Bobby Evans, OT, Oklahoma
A ha! A true offensive tackle! Of course, Evans played left tackle at Oklahoma but this is really just a best player available type of pick at 150. Evans does come at a position of need and the Packers would be wise to see if they can flip him over to the right side. He's got some technical deficiencies with his hand punch to work through, but Evans has an athletic foundation.
Round 6, Pick No. 185: Armon Watts, DL, Arkansas
If some is good, more is better, right? Watts this late is a steal, he's got some great flashes of disruption on film and he can hopefully stick and add further depth on a Packers defensive front that is loaded with talent but could use all the reinforcements they can get in depth.
Round 6, Pick No. 194: Devine Ozigbo, RB, Nebraska
Speaking of steals, the running back position this year is filled with middle round guys who can play. Ozigbo is no exception and if his Combine snub is any indication, he may not be super high on team's radars. Ozigbo is more of a blended runner than the quickness of Jones and the power of Jamaal Williams. He's be a perfect add to compliment both of their individual skill sets.
Round 7, Pick No. 226: Hjalte Froholdt, C, Arkansas
Championships are won in the trenches, don't let anyone tell you differently. Can Froholdt be a starter? Probably not. But he's great interior depth and would be a nice finishing touch on an off-season dedicated to protecting the quarterback and pressuring the opposing quarterback.