PWW 3 Round Mock Draft – Alex Strouf
1.30: Jordan Love – QB – Utah State
There’s no shortage of rumors, praise, and criticism surrounding Utah State’s Jordan Love heading into draft week. Look, I don’t expect Love to drop to pick 30, but in a world where virtual drafts are front-and-center and scouting takes a dramatic twist, we have to believe there’s at least a slim possibility that Love is overlooked and takes a fall in a draft class known for its offensive depth. When Brett Favre was 35 years old, the Packers scooped up a quarterback that fell to pick 24 in the 2005 NFL Draft. His name was Aaron Rodgers. Now that Aaron Rodgers is 35, could a different general manager in Brian Gutekunst take a similar approach with another California-bred quarterback? Statistically Love digressed in his senior campaign for the Aggies, but with ideal stature, hand size, and speed, the future is bright for the Utah State product. Assuming he’s there at pick 30, don’t be surprised for Gutekunst and Co. to pull the trigger.
ON THE BOARD: Jonathan Taylor – RB – Wisconsin, JK Dobbins – RB – Ohio State, Ezra Cleveland – OT – Boise State, AJ Epenesa – DL – Iowa
2.62: Laviska Shenault Jr. – WR – Colorado
Wide receiver is the deepest position in the draft, and they aren’t easy to rank in the middle of the pack. If Colorado’s Shenault, Jr. falls this deep into the second round, not only would we be collectively shocked, but also thrilled, as Green Bay’s wide receiver room would jolt in another direction with the addition of such a multidimensional threat. Although Shenault’s speed doesn’t jump off the page, he makes up for so much with his physical gifts. I’d be all for snagging Shenault in the first round, and especially if he’s available at 62.
ON THE BOARD: Jonathan Taylor – RB – Wisconsin, Tee Higgins – WR – Clemson, Clyde Edwards-Henaile – RB – LSU, Willie Gay Jr – LB – Mississippi State
3.94: Cam Akers – RB – Florida State
Yeah, yeah, yeah—I hear you. There’s no way the Packers go quarterback, wide receiver, and running back their first three picks. I don’t think it’s likely either, unless this is the board you’re staring at. Akers, a projected second-round pick, was consistent and noisy despite having a lack of talent up front and throughout the Florida State squad he’s been with the last few years. Despite a 12-17 record in Akers’ three years in Tallahassee, he broke Dalvin Cook’s rushing record in 2017 as a freshman, had an underwhelming sophomore campaign, and rebroke it that record again this past season. While his ball security is often called into question, and understandably so, Akers is still a workhorse back that would be a solid addition to the Packers running back room which includes swirling questions about Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams’ impending free agencies.
ON THE BOARD: Cole Kmet – TE – Notre Dame, Jonathan Greenard – LB – Florida, Ben Bartch – OT – St. John’s