PWW Mock Draft 2.0: Defense Rules The Day
The first installment of the mock draft series featured a top offensive talent in the first round. However, this time around, there was no such luck. Instead, I decided to trade back for multiple second round picks.
This draft is not the most likely outcome, but simply an aggressive approach to try and maximize the defensive potential. It would probably backfire if executed in the real world, but the offseason breads ridiculous speculation.
I loaded up on secondary talent for the new defensive coordinator Joe Barry. I put my faith in Aaron Rodgers and company repeating their historic performance, while also adding a few pieces that could contribute immediately. The Packers would likely need to cut/release Kevin King and Josh Jackson, while re-signing Jamaal Williams to make this draft work.
Round 2 – Pick 42: DT Daviyon Nixon, Iowa
Daviyon Nixon is a dominate, aggressive talent with a high ceiling that will provide depth on the defensive line. In a perfect world, the Packers would cut/release Preston Smith, Dean Lowry and Tyler Lancaster — and hopefully sign JJ Watt to a team-friendly deal. The combo of the veteran Kenny Clark and Watt, coupled with the young, exuberant talent of Nixon and Keke Kingsley would be devastating for offensive lines.
Round 2 – Pick 60: CB Elijah Molden, Washington
Elijah Molden is an aggressive slot/nickel corner who can immediately benefit from playing with Jaire Alexander. The Buccaneers in the NFC Championship game exposed every corner not named Alexander. Barry is going to bring in a new, aggressive mindset, and he needs guys like Modlen to make that strategy work. Molden had more interceptions (5) than touchdowns allowed (2) in four years at Washington.
Round 2 – Pick 62: CB Eric Stokes, Georgia
Eric Stokes played at a high level in the SEC for three years. A theme of aggressive, athletic cornerbacks is never a bad thing. Turnovers were a major part of the regression from the defense last year and Stokes could remedy that if he acclimates to the NFL the way many believe he will. Stokes had four interceptions in his final year at Georgia.
Round 3 – Pick 92: CB Greg Newsome, Northwestern
Greg Newsome projects much higher than outside the top 90. I think this is a real steal here. Even after two consecutive corners, I had to take the best available here. I’d hope the competition from having three rookies in a locker room with a real shot at starting for a Super Bowl contender would get the best out of this group. Not to mention a cheap option to pair along side the core of Adrian Amos, Darnell Savage and Alexander.
Round 4 – Pick 104: TE Tommy Tremble, Notre Dame
I traded a handful of 5th round picks to trade up and snatch the man-child Tommy Tremble. Tremble is the ideal player in Matt Lafleur’s scheme and even after investing in the TE position in each of the last two draft, you can’t pass up his talent. Marcedes Lewis and Robert Tonyan have been a fantastic duo for the Packers in recent years, and it would be wonderful if they were apart of the 2021 team. Even if they are, I still think Tremble can provide an immediate impact in a small role while building for the future of the position being Josiah Deguara, Jace Sternberger and Tremble.
Round 6 – Pick 221: RB Master Teague, Ohio State
Aaron Jones is likely gone, but I still have hope the Packers can sign Jamaal Williams to a team-friendly deal. If so, the duo of Jamaal and AJ Dillon would be sturdy, but Master Teague would provide some reliable depth — zero fumbles in 256 carries in three years at Ohio State.
Round 7 – Pick 254: OT Cole Van Lanen, Wisconsin
Cole Van Lanen’s 6′ 5 frame makes him as extremely intriguing developmental piece, much like Simon Stepaniak and Jon Runyan Jr. were last year.
I do think this draft address the most important need — cornerback opposite of Jaire — but it might have address that issue at the detriment of other positions. Either way, it was another fun one to write up.