Sunday, March 7, 2021

Pre-Free Agency Green Bay Packers 2021 NFL Mock Draft Roundup

Throughout the year and leading up to the 2021 NFL draft, we will update our Green Bay Packers Mock Draft Roundup showing picks for the Green Bay Packers from several prominent sites and draft analysts.

For a more inclusive lists of mock drafts for the Green Bay Packers, check out our 2021 Green Bay Packers Mock Draft Database.

The following are picks in recent mock drafts for the Packers:

EDSFootball - Hanson (3/5)

29. Kadarius Toney, WR, Florida

While I'm reluctant to give the Packers a wide receiver here (last two iterations of my mock have been defenders), the addition of an electrifying playamker in Toney's mold would give Aaron Rodgers, the reigning NFL MVP, the type of weapon not currently on the roster. Toney had 70 catches for 984 yards, 19 rush attempts for 161 yards and 11 total touchdowns in 2020.

ESPN - McShay (3/4)

29. Levi Onwuzurike, IDL, Washington

Sure, Green Bay could look at receivers Elijah Moore (Ole Miss) or Rashod Bateman (Minnesota), or even Clemson running back Travis Etienne if it were to lose Aaron Jones to the open market. But the Packers have continued to look elsewhere in Round 1 during the Aaron Rodgers era, which suggests they might do so again. And lining up Onwuzurike (another opt-out) next to Kenny Clark on that defensive line forms a problem for opponents.

Rob Demovsky on his fit with the Packers: It's not enough to just change defensive coordinators. The Packers now have to give Joe Barry some players. They have done that recently when they've changed DCs. Dom Capers got B.J. Raji and Clay Matthews when he arrived in 2009, while Mike Pettine got Jaire Alexander in the first round when he came here in 2018.

CBS Sports - Trapasso (3/3)

29. Zaven Collins, LB, Tulsa

Collins is a hulking linebacker with high-end coverage and blitzing ability.

The Athletic - Beat Writers (3/1)

29. Tyson Campbell, CB, Georgia

With starting outside cornerback Kevin King likely to sign elsewhere in free agency, the Packers need someone to pair with second-team All-Pro Jaire Alexander. The NFC Championship Game served as a harsh reminder that no matter how much Alexander locks down one side of the field, a competent offense can exploit the other. Campbell stands 6-foot-2 and 185 pounds, which if he starts from Day 1, would give Green Bay a nice contrast in body types between him and Alexander. Says The Athletic's Dane Brugler of Campbell, “All the talent is there for him to grow into an NFL starter.” Campbell wouldn't have to start right away if the Packers sign a veteran like Richard Sherman or Xavier Rhodes in free agency, but targeting a future starting outside cornerback is paramount in this year's draft, nonetheless. -- Matt Schneidman

Touchdown Wire - Farrar (2/26)

29. Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue

Aaron Rodgers wanted new offensive weapons last season, and though the Packers' offense performed well without them, there were issues. In the 2020 season, Davante Adams led the NFL with 14 touchdowns when facing single-high coverage. When facing two-high coverage, he scored just one touchdown.

Opposing defenses were able to double Adams with impunity with deep safeties because there was nobody to force those defenders into the box as underneath weapons in the passing game. The addition of Rondale Moore would be huge for Matt LaFleur's offense because Moore is so dynamic on screens, slants, and other quick routes. Combined with Green Bay's pre-snap motion concepts and play-action game, having a weapon of Moore's caliber, especially after the catch, would give the Packers an entirely different (and much-needed) dimension. - Casserly (2/25)

29. Zaven Collins, LB, Tulsa

Collins fills a big need for the Packers. Offensive tackle and cornerback are possibilities here, too. - Meinke (2/25)

29. Asante Samuel Jr., CB, Florida State

Yes, the junior of that Asante Samuel. This might be a little high for him -- most projections fall somewhere around the second round -- but I just really like his game. And while Jaire Alexander was an All-Pro cornerback last season, Green Bay was abused on the other side of the field.

San Diego Union Tribune (2/24)

29. Kadarius Toney, WR, Florida

They will get Aaron Rodgers a wide receiver this time around if the Packers front office knows what is good for them. Toney's explosiveness would pair nicely with All-World Davante Adams.

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