The Green Bay Packers front office essentially has one job in the 2021 NFL draft…appease Aaron Rodgers. What does that mean? Well for starters, don’t at any point draft another quarterback. It also means spending that pick on someone will be playing directly alongside your reigning MVP. Don’t spend the pick on defense, even if it would make some sense. Shore up the offensive line, especially after the loss of Corey Linsley, or even better yet get him a legitimate number two option to play opposite of Devante Adams.
In our Packers mock draft 2.0, we project the pick to be offensive tackle Teven Jenkins.
At the end of the first round, the Packers are way out of contention to land a Penei Sewell, Elijah Vera-Tucker, or Rashawn Slater, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t secure a pillar at the tackle spot for years to come. Jenkins At almost 6-5 and 320 pounds, he could be used at either tackle spot or even moved inside to guard. He played multiple games at all of those spots in his time at Oklahoma State.Embed from Getty Images
His arm length is on the shorter side, which is why many project he will be a mainstay at guard. He’s well balanced as he’s solid in pass protection and run blocking. Obviously, this isn’t the number two target most Packers fans would like to see them add to their offense, but it does give them a very talented and versatile offensive lineman.
In the second round of our Packers mock draft 2.0, we see them taking defensive tackle Daviyon Nixon.
Obviously, this isn’t another player to play alongside Rodgers, but Nixon’s impact in the middle of their line could be great considering the Packer’s talented edge rushers in Za’Darius Smith, Preston Smith, and Rashan Gary.
At 6-3 and 305 pounds, Nixon has very quick hands and feet, which allow him to be an above average pass rusher. They’ll need to slow down backs like Dalvin Cook and passing attacks like the Bucs, if they’re eyeing a Super Bowl in 2021. They’re able to create massive pressure of the edge but there is nothing quite like being able to disrupt a play from the inside. In a historically deep draft at several positions, interior defensive line may be the greatest exception. This is an unbelievably thin class and the Packers could land one of the more highly rated prospects.
It Is tempting to go with receiver here, but that position class is very deep and it can be addressed in round three. I can’t imagine too many complaints in two of the first three picks are allocated to offense.
A position that they could address would be the center spot due to Corey Linsley’s departure. They would probably have to do so in the first round as that position class is also rather thin. We see Landon Dickerson off the board prior to their pick, but Creed Humphrey is still available. The question is whether or not they would rather bring in a tackle/guard or a center.
In our Packers mock draft 2.0, we project them to give Rodgers more protection by selecting Teven Jenkins in the first round and then following that up with defensive tackle Daviyon Nixon to help dominate the line of scrimmage.