It’s time to talk draft Green Bay Packers fans . . . draft picks, rounds, team needs, and prospects to watch.
by Nat L. Faybian • Senior Writer • @natlfaybian • nlfmockdraft.com • Feb 20, 2019 • Updated: April 6, 2019
For the first time since 2005 the Green Bay Packers have a head coach not named Mike McCarthy. Matt LaFleur is an interesting hire, because he hasn’t been anywhere long. One year with the Titans as their OC; one year as the Rams OC; two years as Atlanta’s QB coach; one year QB coach at Notre Dame; three years QB coach for the Redskins, etc… OC Nathaniel Hackett has worked with Doug Marrone for the past six years, so look for the Packers to implement a run-first offense. In DC Mike Pettine’s first year, the defense ranked 18th overall and 22nd against the run. Look for the Pack to pick up at least two new starters through the draft.
2019 draft picks
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The Packers have no Compensatory Pick.
- Tight End
- Defensive End
- Offensive Guard
- Wide Receiver
With a new coaching staff in town, look for the Packers to really pound the rock. To do that, they look to add a starter along the o-line. A massive mauler like Florida’s Jawaan Taylor would be a nice fit. Adding a bruising back might be a good option too. At wide receiver, they might look for a guy with good hands that can move the chains.
Defensively, the Packers have invested rather heavily in the defensive backfield over the past four years. While Kenny Clark has been getting better and better every season, he could use some help along the line. If a quality linebacker falls to them, like Josh Allen or Devin White, they might have a difficult decision.
Prospects to watch
Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida
Taylor is a well-built wide-body athlete whose raw power can move defenders off the ball. He’s started 30 games while at Florida, improving each year. He has played on both sides of the ball, but saw the majority of his time at right tackle, where he projects at the next level.
Damien Harris, RB, Alabama
Harris would be a nice addition to Hackett’s offense. He plays bigger and more physical than his size (5-11, 216) may indicate. He is a bruising back that runs with a low center of gravity and enjoys wearing down a defense. The senior posted 678 yards and seven touchdowns during the 2018 regular season and back-to-back 1,000-yard campaigns in 2017 and 2016.
Zach Allen, DE, Boston College
Allen arrived at the Senior Bowl with a lot of press. He showed off his ability to push offensive linemen backwards, but failed to show that he had moves other than a bullrush. Having said that, just turn on some game tape and it’s clear the young man has talent, he just needs some mentoring. Adding a player like Allen to the pass rush rotation, will help him develop the skills he needs to grow into a havoc wreaking lineman.
B.J. Autry, OG, Jacksonville State
Autry came in at 6-3/351 at the Senior Bowl with an amazing 83.5 wingspan – and enough tools for OL Coach Adam Stenavich to work with. Autry rose out of the JUCO ranks to be the top ranked guard in his class. He originally signed at Baylor before ending up in Jacksonville State.
Players to Watch: RB Nick Brossette, LSU; CB Blace Brown, Troy; CB Tim Harris, Virginia; WR Penny Hart, Georgia; OT Kaleb McGary, Washington; WR Jeff Smith, Boston College; and OT Oli Udoh, Elon.
General Manager: Brian Gutekunst | Head Coach: Matt LaFleur | Offensive Coordinator: Nathaniel Hackett | Defensive Coordinator: Mike Pettine
Recent Top Draft selections:
2018: R1 Jaire Alexander CB | R2 Josh Jackson CB
2017: R1 Kevin King CB | R2 Josh Jones S
2016: R1 Kenny Clark DT | R2 Jason Spriggs OT
R1 Damarious Randall CB | R3 Quinten Rollins CB