Green Bay Packers 3-Round Mock Draft 2.0

The Green Bay Packers have an opportunity to shift the narrative of this offseason in the 2022 NFL Draft. From fretting over whether or not Aaron Rodgers was coming back to the heartbreak of seeing Davante Adams go to the Las Vegas Raiders via trade, it has been an emotionally draining offseason.

The Packers can go a long way toward injecting some life and excitement back into the team while also making major improvements to a squad looking to win a Super Bowl.

With that in mind, here’s a three-round Mock Draft 2.0 for the Green Bay Packers.

Round 1, No. 22 overall: EDGE, Jermaine Johnson II, Florida State

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Defensive End Jermaine Johnson II #11 of the Florida State Seminoles during the game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish | Don Juan Moore/Getty Images

Many of the best wideouts in this mock draft were already taken by the time No. 22 rolled around. There’s certainly a possibility of a wide receiver run in the real draft, but all that it means is that a potentially elite prospect at another position could fall to the Pack with their first pick.

With Garrett Wilson (No. 12 to the Vikings), Drake London (No. 13 to the Texans), Chris Olave (No. 15 to the Eagles), and Jameson Williams (No. 16 to the Saints) all off the board, I don’t see the Packers taking a shot on a tier 1B wideout in Treylon Burks from Arkansas, especially with pick No. 28 in their back pocket.

Note: You can see how this particular mock draft played out here via the PFF Mock Draft Simulator.

On the other hand, Jermaine Johnson is a big-time EDGE prospect who checks in at 6-foot-5, 254-pounds and ran a 4.58 40-yard-dash at the NFL Combine.

If you read enough mocks, you’ll see Johnson going much higher. For instance, he went No. 7 overall to the New York Giants in a recent NFL.com mock.

He’ll be a steal here for the Packers as he looks and plays like a young Preston Smith. 

Round 1, No. 28 overall: WR, Christian Watson, North Dakota State

The Packers need to get a big-time wide receiver in this draft and Watson fits the bill. If they’re patient enough and believe he can fall to No. 28, there’s no reason to reach for another wideout at No. 22.

Watson is 6-foot-4, 208-pounds, so he fits Green Bay’s big wide receiver mold, but he’s also extremely fast and explosive. He ran a 4.36 40 at the NFL Combine, which was faster than even Garrett Wilson’s 4.38.

Watson is a big-play receiver who put up 800 yards and seven touchdowns in his senior season for a run-heavy North Dakota State University program.

He can instantly be a deep threat for Aaron Rodgers.

Round 2, No. 53 overall: TE, Trey McBride, Colorado State

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Colorado State Rams tight end Trey McBride (85) celebrates his third quarter touchdown against Wyoming in the third quarter at Canvas Stadium | Andy Cross/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images

Like it or not, the Packers still need a tight end. This is even though they re-signed Robert Tonyan this offseason and drafted Josiah Deguara in the third round a few years ago.

First of all, Tonyan is coming off an ACL tear. There’s no guarantee that he’ll ever be the same player he was in 2020 when he caught 11 touchdowns. It’s also worth noting that production has been an anomaly in his career so far. 

Deguara has shown a bit of promise, but he’s far from a sure thing and is more of an H-back that Matt LaFleur can move around than anything.

In McBride, the Packers would be getting a big tight end (6-foot-4, 260-pounds) who caught a whopping 90 passes for 1,121 yards last year for the Rams. Sure, he only snagged one touchdown, but he had eight over his first two seasons in Fort Collins, so we know he can find the end zone.

Round 2, No. 59 overall: DL, Phidarian Mathis, Alabama

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It’s never a bad idea to snag a player from Nick Saban’s Alabama program. They aren’t 100% guaranteed to translate, but more often than not, he gets his guys ready for the NFL.

Mathis is interesting for the Pack because he’s 6-foot-4, 312-pounds, and gives them a ton of big depth up front to go along with Kenny Clark and Jarran Reed inside.

Mathis is far from just a gap-plugger, though. He notched nine sacks for Alabama in 2021 and a forced fumble.

He’s a playmaker and could be an impact player for Green Bay.

Round 3. No. 92 overall: WR, Wan’Dale Robinson, Kentucky

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Kentucky Wildcats wide receiver Wan’Dale Robinson (1) reacts after a catch during the Vrbo Citrus Bowl game between the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Kentucky Wildcats. Robinson would be in intriguing slot option for the Green Bay Packers. | David Rosenblum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Packers need a receiver with speed and the ability to make people miss in open space, and Wan’Dale Robinson projects to be that guy at the next level.

He’s 5-foot-11, 185-pounds, but ran a 4.44 at the combine. He also filled up the stat sheet for Kentucky in 2021, catching 104 passes for 1,334 yards and seven touchdowns, averaging 12.8 yards per catch. He’ll be a steal as a third-rounder.

Robinson can learn from Randall Cobb (who also went to Kentucky, remember) in the slot and even immediately make an impact for the Packers on special teams, where they need a reliable kick and punt returner.

Stats courtesy of ESPN and Pro Football Reference. Contract information via Spotrac

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