Saturday, May 20, 2023

Green Bay Packers 2024 NFL Mock Draft Roundup 1.0

Throughout the year and leading up to the 2024 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.

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

EDSFootball - Kevin Hanson (5/9)

8. Kool-Aid McKinstry, CB, Alabama

While Alabama didn't have any first-round defensive backs in 2023, the Lions got a steal with Brian Branch in the middle of Round 2. Assuming he declares after his junior season, McKinstry would be a virtual first-round lock and the early favorite to be CB1. The former five-star recruit has an enticing blend of size, athleticism, instincts and ball skills, and he's also an outstanding punt returner (15.8 yards per return in 2022).

CBS Sports - Josh Edwards (5/8)

13. Calen Bullock, S, USC

Green Bay's safety play has been underwhelming so it adds competition.

ESPN - Todd McShay (5/4)

13. Jer'Zhan Newton, IDL, Illinois

Newton has great tape. He's a very powerful and active 3-technique with upper-body snap, and he would immediately plug into the middle of the Packers' defense. Green Bay lost Jarran Reed and Dean Lowry off the defensive line, but I could see Newton working well alongside Kenny Clark to fill against the run and penetrate the backfield. He had 18 run stops last season while adding 13.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks.

27. Calen Bullock, S, USC

No, this pick isn't quite under the Packers control just yet. But if the Jets are picking at No. 27 and making the playoffs, I think it's a safe bet that Aaron Rodgers played 65% of the snaps in the 2023 season, the qualifier for the second-round conditional pick to become a Day 1 selection. So we're giving this one to Green Bay, who lands a 6-foot-3 playmaker in the secondary here. Bullock has seven interceptions over two years, including five in 2022. Darnell Savage, Tarvarius Moore and Rudy Ford are all playing out the final years of their current deals, so there's a hole at safety.

The Athletic - Dane Brugler (5/2)

13. JC Latham, OT, Alabama

As the Tide's starting right tackle, Latham consistently pitched shutouts in pass protection last season — he didn't allow a sack in his first year as a starter. With improvements as a run blocker, he will earn starting-level grades from scouts.

CBS Sports - Ryan Wilson (5/2)

13. Cooper DeJean, CB, Iowa

The ball-hawking DeJean might have been Iowa's best player last season.

Fox Sports - Rob Rang (5/1)

24. Kingsley Suamataia, OT, BYU

Now that Aaron Rodgers will be taking his snaps elsewhere, it may not take much longer for the Packers to reshuffle the deck elsewhere, including finding a long-term replacement for current left tackle David Bahktiari. Suamataia is a former five-stat recruit who began his college career at Oregon, turning down the likes of Alabama, Georgia and Ohio State to sign with the Ducks prior to his transfer to his home-state BYU.

The 33rd Team (5/1)

7. Jer'Zhan Newton, IDL, Illinois

The Green Bay Packers almost always go defense with their first draft pick. Newton is a versatile interior defensive lineman with production against both the run and the pass. He had 5.5 sacks last year, 61 total tackles and received a variety of second-team All-American awards. The Packers continue to get younger up front.

27. Zion Nelson, OT, Miami (FL)

The Packers got this pick from the Jets and select the talented Zion Nelson from Miami. Nelson has the size (6-foot-5, 318 pounds), length and movement skills teams look for in an offensive tackle. Scouts like his punch, strength and toughness to get movement in the run game. He should be a plug-and-play offensive lineman who will start for several years.

PFF - Max Chadwick (5/1)

8. Emeka Egbuka, WR, Ohio State

The Packers have now gone 21 straight drafts without taking a wide receiver or tight end in the first round. That ends here with Egbuka, who was the second-most valuable Power Five receiver last season according to PFF's wins above average metric. The only one more valuable was his teammate, Marvin Harrison Jr.

Among returning Power Five receivers, only Harrison tallied more receiving yards and touchdowns than Egbuka. He's a smooth receiver who should be one of the top weapons immediately for new quarterback Jordan Love.

27. Kamren Kinchens, S, Miami (FL)

The Packers acquire the Jets' first-round pick if Aaron Rodgers plays 65% of the snaps in 2023. Unless disaster strikes for New York, this will be Green Bay's pick.

Kinchens led all safeties in the country with a 90.0 grade and a 90.7 coverage grade. Kinchens' six interceptions were also tied for the most in the Power Five.

For the Win - Christian D'Andrea (4/30)

16. J.T. Tuimoloau, EDGE, Ohio State

The Packers love spending first round picks on defenders and love dropping Day 1 assets on guys who were formerly highly touted blue chip recruits. Tuimoloau, 2021's No. 2 overall prospect and a 277-pound monster capable of filling multiple positions up front, fits both categories.

USA Today - Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz (4/30)

14. JC Latham, OT, Alabama

Brian Gutekunst began the Jordan Love era by going the defensive route in the first round before reconfiguring the quarterback's crew of pass catchers on Day 2. Still, some additional assistance up front would be nice. The 6-6, 335-pound Latham has been remarkably clear in pass protection at right tackle, not allowing a single sack on 517 pass block snaps last season, according to Pro Football Focus.

27. Kamren Kinchens, S, Miami (FL)

Let's assume that Aaron Rodgers will take at least 65% of the Jets' snaps in 2023, bumping up the pick being sent back to the Packers from a second-rounder to a first. Though he doesn't have the physical tools of fellow Hurricanes safety James Williams, the 5-10, 202-pound Kinchens displayed his coverage prowess with six interceptions in 2022. His skill set would come in handy for the Green Bay defense's back end, which already looks iffy.

MORE TEAMS: All NFL Team Mock Draft Roundups

Check out more of our content:

Keep track of our site's updates: (1) follow us on Twitter, (2) like us on Facebook and/or (3) subscribe to our newsletter.