For the second week in a row, it's Mock Draft Monday! It was an emotional week for Packers Nation, after Aaron Rodgers' appearance on Pat McAfee Show. If you missed last week's mock draft, from now all the way up until the 2023 NFL Draft, Let's Go Wisconsin will feature a seven-round Green Bay Packers mock draft right here every single Monday.
Without further ado, let's jump into our seven-round Green Bay Packers mock draft, which includes the Aaron Rodgers trade to the New York Jets. I used the PFF Mock Draft Simulator. While PFF is the furthest thing from accurate, we can get a very rough estimate about what types of players will be available at the given draft picks.
Projected Aaron Rodgers Trade to Jets
Jets Get: Aaron Rodgers, the best QB to ever play the game of football
Packers Get: 2023 Round 2 Pick, 2024 Conditional Round 3 Pick (can improve to Round 1 or 2 depending on performance and if he returns for 2024), WR Denzel Mims
So, for this Green Bay Packers mock draft, the Packers gain a second-round pick. Green Bay also gets a young wide receiver to add to a small, mediocre receiving corps. While Denzel Mims hasn't been great, his potential is high and the Packers need multiple receivers this offseason.
Green Bay Packers Mock Draft
Round 1, Pick 15 — Jaxon Smith-Njigba, WR, Ohio State
Green Bay never drafted an offensive weapon in the first round for Aaron Rodgers. So, in the first draft without him, this Packers mock draft projects a first-round wide receiver, since Brian Gutekunst needs Jordan Love to succeed.
Jaxon Smith-Njigba is an incredibly quick, savvy wide receiver that could really help this Packers offense. He played most of his snaps in the slot in college, so many analysts are saying he is only a slot in the NFL. That's not true, and these same people said the same about Justin Jefferson.
The Packers need a quick wide receiver that is capable of getting open and making plays on his own. Jaxon Smith-Njigba is that player.
Round 2, Pick 43 — Steve Avila, IOL, TCU
The next pick in our Green Bay Packers mock draft is one that makes too much sense. The Packers value versatility over everything else on the offensive line. Yes, even over actual talent. But while Steve Avila is the most versatile interior offensive lineman in the draft, he’s also really damn good.
While Avila is an anchor on the offensive line, he also has tremendous get-off. He’s strong, he’s fast, he’s a killer. Avila has some things that can easily be cleaned up with good coaching, like angles and a couple of footwork details. One knock people are giving him is small hands, but that mostly comes from inadequate people.
Round 2, Pick 45 — Luke Musgrave, TE, Oregon State
A knee injury limited Luke Musgrave to only two games last season. However, he totaled 11 receptions for 169 yards and a touchdown in those games.
He is an athletic freak, running a 4.61-second 40-yard dash, and he has a 36-inch vertical and a 10-foot-5 broad jump. Musgrave is a massive, athletic receiver that can stretch the field and be a matchup nightmare.
Musgrave also comes from a football family. He has a high football IQ and knows what it means to be a pro, which can go a long way.
Round 3, Pick 78 — Jammie Robinson, S, Florida State
Green Bay needs to add a safety, and we found a good one in the third round of this Packers mock draft. Jammie Robinson split his snaps between playing deep and in the box last season, and he also played nearly 200 snaps in the slot. This is the type of versatility that can be very useful.
Robinson will fly around and hit, and he also has the instincts and athleticism to make plays on the ball. He needs to add a bit of size, but he would be a very solid, needed addition to this defense.
Round 4, Pick 116 — Moro Ojomo, DL, Texas
Moro Ojomo has the build and skills to be a 3-4 defensive end. He is one of the best run-stoppers on the defensive line in this draft, showing damn near perfect technique. The Packers need to learn how to stop the run first in order to have any kind of defensive consistency, and picking Ojomo could go a long way in helping this. He will be a Day 1 early-down player for the Packers. Our next defensive line pick will complement Ojomo, as they thrive in getting after the passer.
Round 5, Pick 149 — Zack Kuntz, TE, Old Dominion
This is a deep tight end draft and, in this Green Bay Packers mock draft, Zack Kuntz fell too far. So, we have to take him here.
Kuntz is massive and massively athletic. Naturally, he is a solid blocker, but he also can absolutely stretch the field and be a weapon for Green Bay up the seam. Everything you’re hearing about these first-round tight ends, just apply it to Kuntz a few rounds later. Stop trying to make first-round tight ends a thing.
Zack Kuntz is a name you probably don’t know and a player you probably haven’t seen. If you want to get a brief look at his personality, watch his interview with Pat McAfee.
Round 5, Pick 170 — Kobie Turner, DL, Wake Forest
Kobie Turner is a wrecking ball on the defensive line. He has powerful hands, can shed blockers and has a motor that will not quit. Turner uses leverage to his advantage often in a way the Packers have not seen consistently since Mike Daniels. He could easily be a strong replacement for one of the Packers’ free agents likely leaving from the defensive line.
Round 7, Pick 232 — Mohamoud Diabate, LB, Utah
Green Bay loves to draft projects. Unfortunately, I haven’t picked many projects in this Packers mock draft (I like to draft players who can play). However, Mohamoud Diabate is the definition of a project, since he has all of the tools in the toolbox, he just doesn’t know which tool to use for which project.
Diabate is crazy athletic and rangy at the linebacker position. He is physical and will fly all over the field. Right now, Diabate has awareness issues, takes bad angles and he can be a liability in coverage. In other words, he’s similar to Quay Walker, except he went to Utah and is going to be drafted on the third day. He’ll be gone by Round 7, but it’ll still be the third day.
Round 7, Pick 235 — Jake Moody, K, Michigan
The Packers should not bring back Mason Crosby. In order to stay cheap at the position, Green Bay should draft a kicker, and Jake Moody looks to be the best in the 2023 NFL Draft. He won the Lou Groza Award (best kicker) in 2021 and was a finalist last season as well.
Moody made a 59-yard field goal against TCU in the College Football Playoff, but people say he doesn’t have a “booming leg.” He also has kickoff experience, which is needed for the Packers’ kicker replacement.
Round 7, Pick 242 — Hunter Luepke, RB, NDSU
You need some players on your team willing to do the dirty work and out-work is peers. That’s Hunter Luepke. From Spencer, Wisconsin, Luepke had a solid career as a versatile player in the NDSU backfield. He can run, catch and will hit people. The Packers could use him in a similar role to what Josiah Deguara has done for Green Bay, except also carry the ball a little.
Luepke also has a lot of special teams experience and would thrive in this area, making him a great seventh-round pick in this Packers mock draft.
Round 7, Pick 256 — Nick Saldiveri, OT, Old Dominion
It’s tough to find an offensive tackle this good in the seventh round, and I don’t think we will. However, if Nick Saldiveri somehow makes it to the final round, you take him over the other guys above.
Saldiveri has the size and build to play offensive tackle in the NFL, and he is tremendous in pass protection. It’s rare to find a player like him that you can trust to throw out there against NFL edge defenders, but I think you can. His knock is being inconsistent in the run game, but I think that can be cleaned up.
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