The 2020 NFL Scouting Combine is done and dusted. Now, scouts everywhere are returning to the tape to compare Combine performances to game performances. To welcome in this season of wild speculation and overreactions, I present my inaugural 2020 Packers 7-Round Mock Draft on Full Press Coverage Packers. This mock draft was conducted via the Mock Draft Machine from TheDraftNetwork.com. Without further ado, let’s jump into the Post-Combine Packers 2020 Mock Draft.
Round 1, Pick 30: Patrick Queen, LB, LSU
I’ll be honest here, I highly doubt Patrick Queen lasts this long by the time the Packers are on the clock on April 23. There are a number of LB-needy teams ahead of the Packers (Raiders at 19, Jaguars at 20, Ravens at 28), so to pick Queen in reality, Brian Gutekunst will likely have to trade up. If he’s there, however, the front office has to jump on the chance to add a complete linebacker with a sublime athletic profile and well-developed instincts to a defense that sorely needs one. Blake Martinez appears primed to leave via free agency, and even if he was retained, LB still needs to be addressed. Queen has the ability to be a Day 1 starter and the upside to be a Pro-Bowler by his 3rd year.
Round 2, Pick 62: Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor
Denzel Mims was a favorite in some secluded corners of NFL Draft Twitter. However, he exploded onto everyone’s radars due to his athletic testing at the Combine. With his 6’3″ frame, he ran a sub-4.4 40 Yard Dash, jumped 131″ in the broad jump, and completed the 3-Cone drill in 6.66 seconds (all in the 90th percentile for wide receivers). He has skyrocketed up big boards and positional rankings since that performance, but he still slides to 62 in this mock. His route running is underdeveloped and the explosiveness he showed at the Combine is not nearly as apparent on tape. He does, however, fit the Packers’ current size mold at WR and shows the ability to contort his body to shield defenders and make contested catches. He would immediately become the favorite for the WR2 job.
Round 3, Pick 94: Alohi Gilman, S, Notre Dame
Now, I know what you’re thinking: “Gute just drafted Savage and signed Amos last offseason, we don’t need another safety!” I’m here to tell you that you can never have too many capable defensive backs, especially in a Mike Pettine defense. Pettine is notorious for his high usage of the nickel package. After Raven Greene went down last year, it was a struggle to replace him. Alohi Gilman projects to that kind of role perfectly. He is a dependable tackler with remarkable instincts for making plays in the run game. With this pick, the Packers add another athletic, high-upside DB for Pettine.
Round 4, Pick 126: Antonio Gibson, RB/WR, Memphis
Matt LaFleur, when doing his interviews at the Combine, did not sound confident that the RB3 of the future is currently on the roster (RIP Dexter Williams). Antonio Gibson missed out on some of the rabid hype that his numbers warrant by testing with the WRs instead of the RBs. He’s incredibly versatile, playing both WR and RB at Memphis with a high volume at a high level. Gibson is a consummate team player, taking on whatever role was requested of him so he could get on the field. He’s an explosive athlete who made explosive plays and has the ability to make them at the next level in several roles. The Packers’ offense last season was lethargic and bereft of playmakers if Jones and Adams were bottled up. That becomes much harder to do with the additions of Mims and Gibson.
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Round 5, Pick 157: Jack Driscoll, OT, Auburn
The Packers have benefited from one of the best offensive tackle duos in the NFL for the last several years with Bryan Bulaga and David Bakhtiari. Bulaga is a free agent currently, and recent murmurs indicate the Packers might not bring him back. Even if they do, his injury history and age necessitate looking to the future. Jack Driscoll won’t wow you with his athletic profile, but he is technically sound in both his footwork and hand usage. He maintains his balance well, which helps him negate his lack of elite strength more often than not. If he can build on his solid technical base by adding more strength to his frame, he projects as a solid RT.
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Round 6, Pick 172: Javelin Guidry, DB, Utah
Javelin Guidry was one of the only athletes at the Combine that came close to challenging Henry Ruggs III for fastest 40-yard dash (and could likely qualify as an Olympic sprinter). He had a remarkable Combine, placing in the 90th percentile for DBs in both the 40-yard dash and the bench press. He’s a developmental project to be sure but could contribute on special teams immediately as he continues to hone his understanding of coverage. His size is his only athletic limitation.
Round 6, Pick 189: Benito Jones, DL, Ole Miss
The Packers defense was torched by the Niners’ rush offense in the NFC Championship game. That game was indicative of a season-long problem. Both the linebackers and defensive line shoulder blame for that problem, so both need to be addressed this offseason. Benito Jones won’t be the entire solution, but he will certainly help the defense be more stout against the run. Jones is a massive dude (his weight was in the 90th percentile for interior defensive linemen) who is extremely difficult to move from his spot. He doesn’t offer much as a pass rusher, but he’s a stout run defender, which is just what the doctor ordered for the Packers. Great value at this point in the draft.
Round 7, Pick 201: Lynn Bowden, RB/WR, Kentucky
Another shifty, multi-purpose athlete with great collegiate production. Lynn Bowden rushed for over 1,400 yards in his final season at Kentucky and even played option QB. He’s extremely difficult to contain in the open field because of his agility and burst. Bowden has good hands and has the tools to become a good route runner. Get the ball in his hands, and he’ll turn it into something spectacular. High upside as a returner as well. The Packers lacked offensive playmakers last season, and this draft aims to patch that hole.
Round 7, Pick 219: Levonta Taylor, DB, Florida State
At this point in the draft, picking up a player like Levonta Taylor is arguably a steal. He has starting experience at both perimeter corner, nickel corner, and safety from his time at Florida St. He came into college as the #1 CB recruit but a back injury in 2018 (that he played through!) set back his development. It remains to be seen if his athletic tools can return to their pre-injury form. He’s quick, fast, and a willing tackler, even at his size. You’d struggle to find someone who works harder or plays tougher than Taylor. He’ll be limited to scheme-specific implementation in the NFL because of his lack of size, but he has the traits to be effective in those scenarios. Absolutely worth a flier this late in the draft.
How does this draft class make the Packers better?
Queen and Mims could contribute immediately at a high level at positions of need. Gilman could slide into sub-packages on Day 1 and be a boon against the run and in short zone coverage. Bowden & Gibson would give LaFleur two remarkably versatile athletes to implement into an offense in desperate need of playmakers. Those two explosive athletes would give LaFleur the flexibility to get even more creative with his playcalling. Driscoll’s floor is a good rotational RT due to his refined technique and his ceiling is a reliable starting RT. Jones would help solidify the defensive front against the run immediately. Guidry and Taylor are both developmental projects with the traits to be solid contributors. This draft class would be a great mix of addressing needs with immediate-impact players and taking guys with high developmental ceilings.
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