We are back again for Green Bay Packers Mock Draft Monday! And again, we will have to project an Aaron Rodgers trade in our mock draft, as that has not taken place yet. However, after the New York Jets made a move to improve their draft capital, could we be getting clarity on the potential returns for Green Bay?
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Without further ado, let's jump into our seven-round Green Bay Packers mock draft. I used the PFF NFL 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
I believe the Aaron Rodgers trade in last week's Packers Mock Draft is more realistic. However, a major hang-up right now, I am hearing, is that Green Bay wants multiple early draft picks for this year while the Jets would like one of those picks to be conditional for next season. This means the pick changes value depending on Rodgers' status/performance with the team.
The trade I mentioned was something I heard from a source. However, after the Jets traded Elijah Moore and a third-round pick, many are now thinking the Packers get two second-round picks. For the sake of conversation, that is what we will make the projected Aaron Rodgers trade this week, as we do our seven-round Packers mock draft.
Jets Get: Aaron Rodgers, the best QB to ever play the game of football
Packers Get: 2023 Round 2 Pick (No. 42), 2023 Round 2 Pick (No. 43), WR Denzel Mims
Green Bay Packers Mock Draft
Rd 1, Pk 15 — Quentin Johnston, WR, TCU
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.
It seems to be unlikely that Quentin Johnston falls to the 15th pick, the Packers should absolutely pull the trigger if he is there. Johnston is an athletic freak that will make plays all over the field in this offense. If Gutekunst wants to give Jordan Love the best chance to succeed, adding Johnston gives him the best chance to do so.
Rd 2, Pk 42 — 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.
Rd 2, Pk 43 — Antonio Johnson, CB/S, Texas A&M
In our second pick from a projected Aaron Rodgers trade in this Packers Mock Draft, Green Bay makes a much-needed addition to the secondary.
While Brian Branch is my favorite versatile safety in the draft, Antonio Johnson is just behind him and he can be taken a round later. Last season, Johnson played roughly half of his snaps in the slot, a quarter in the box and a quarter deep. The Packers' defense need a true slot player for the star role, and I would love for Johnson to play that role. This allows Green Bay to move Rasul Douglas back.
However, if Green Bay doesn't want to play Johnson where he would be best (which is a typical Packer defense thing to do), the Packers desperately need help at safety anyways and he would surely be an upgrade.
Rd 2, Pk 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 — Nick Herbig, EDGE, Wisconsin
Packers fans always love to see a Badger wear the Green and Gold. Unlike many of the previous Wisconsin picks, Nick Herbig is actually a great player who would have an impact in his rookie year.
While some believe Herbig is too small to play on the edge, his technique makes up for his lack of length. He will get around blocks and make plenty of plays in the backfield. However, analysts are correct that Herbig could also play well as an off-ball player, which gives the defense some versatility with packages.
With Rashan Gary possibly not being ready to start next season, the Packers will need more depth on the edge, and Herbig would fill this role.
Rd 4, Pk 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.
Rd 5, Pk 149 — Ronnie Hickman, S, Ohio State
With our first safety pick in this Green Bay Packers Mock Draft, we took Antonio Johnson, who is better in the box or playing the slot. Ronnie Hickman, is another player who is versatile, playing a bit in the slot, but he mostly split his snaps between the box and playing deep.
Hickman is willing to come up and make hits, but he can still thrive in coverage. He is incredibly smart and processes plays well, which is why he may be better in a true safety role where he can see the field and make plays.
Rd 5, Pk 170 — Jalen Moreno-Cropper, WR, Fresno State
In this Packers mock draft, they select a wide receiver out of Fresno State. Feels good, right? In this case, that wide receiver is Jalen Moreno-Cropper.
Moreno-Cropper is a tremendous athlete, shown by his 1.55-second 10-yard split at the NFL Combine. He can beat press, is a talented route-runner, can pick up yards after the catch and he is versatile. Moreno-Cropper has two passing touchdowns, has played well when used on jet sweeps and he also has some kick return experience, which is always nice to have. With Aaron Rodgers is gone, so is Randall Cobb. Jalen Moreno-Cropper can help fill many of those slot snaps.
Rd 7, Pk 232 — Stetson Bennett, QB, Georgia
The Green Bay Packers are in the market for a backup quarterback. While it seems unlikely Stetson Bennett makes it to the final round, if it happens as the PFF Mock Draft Simulator had here, the Packers have to take him.
There isn't much about Bennett's game that blows you away. However, he is a winner and he is smart. This comparison is lazy, but there's a decent amount of Brock Purdy in his game, except Bennett has won more. The Packers like their Georgia players and they seemingly don't care about how they act off of the field, so this seems like a natural pairing.
Rd 7, Pk 235 — 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.
Rd 7, Pk 242 — 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.
Rd 7, Pk 256 — 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.
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