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For this mock draft, I used fanspeaks.com GM simulator for the draft and trades.  I used Buffalofambase big board.  NFL Draft buzz for scouting reports.

WATCH: Packers GM Brian Gutekunst sends message to fans in preparation ...

Gutekunst is all smiles after making this trade announcement.  

 

Packer's draft:

#4.  Arizona's on the clock.  Gute calls them up and offers the Cardinals this blockbuster trade.  fk8jypv57oxhsqtpjv6u.jpg ey9qwayowoscebrqies3.jpg xr93fr8s37zdnfmqwhn7.jpg Clark DT, Smith Edge, Watson WR with pick #25, to the Cardinals for izt1g9id4vcdbxeisbu8.jpg Baker S and picks #4 and #27.  Packer's make some noise about picking Marvin Harrison, LAC call with an offer to move up one to get their #1 WR.  Chargers offer pick #5 and #69 for #4.  Gutes is all smiles and accepts.

#5.  Packers select:

Family Business: Joe Alt is following his father’s legacy at offensive ...

Joe Alt LT Notre Dame

PASS BLOCKING:
 
99%
RUN BLOCKING:
 
97%

 

  • Boasts a prototypical blindside protector build, marrying a towering and long frame.
  • Exhibits former tight end-like athleticism with explosive first-step quickness, closing on defenders rapidly and mirroring edge rushers with ease.
  • Utilizes his wingspan and snap quickness to deliver jarring punches, displacing rushers with hip-generated torque and maintaining leverage against power moves.
  • Combines rare bend with his size and excellent pad level to dominate the point of attack, sustaining blocks with an ironclad base and active feet.
  • Employs a refined hand-fighting arsenal—successive punches and resets—to consistently gain the upper hand in trench skirmishes.
  • Adeptly picks up stunts and blitzes and shows an advanced understanding of pass-pro sets.
  • Dominates in the run game with a mauler mentality, leveraging defenders’ momentum to wash them out and create alleys for ball carriers.
  • Dominating pass protector, showcasing a balanced set and a strong anchor, with the lateral agility to wall off speed and bull-rushers alike.
 
 
 

 

 

#27.  Packers select:

Darius Robinson: A look at the Mizzou football defensive lineman

Darius Robinson DE/DT Missouri (Preston Smith's replacement.)

TACKLING:
 
69%
PASS RUSH:
 
87%
RUN DEFENSE:
 
90%

 

  • Exhibits powerful engagement at the point of attack, dislodging opponents with ease.
  • Advanced run defense skills, adept at stacking and shedding blockers to disrupt plays.
  • Effective use of rip and swipe techniques against both run and pass scenarios.
  • Boasts a versatile inside/out pass rush arsenal, making him unpredictable.
  • Heavy hands and strength to move tackles and pressure quarterbacks.
  • Exceptional at setting the edge and playing from the backside, showcasing athleticism.
  • Possesses significant arm length, utilizing it as a lever to gain advantages.
  • Demonstrates above-average change-of-direction capabilities for his size, enhancing pursuit.

 

#41.  Packers select:

Florida State's Braden Fiske excited for last game at Orange Bowl

Braden Fiske DT Florida St. (Clark's replacement.)

TACKLING:
 
59%
PASS RUSH:
 
79%
RUN DEFENSE:
 
80%

 

  • Displayed an incredible combination of size and speed with a 4.78 forty at 292 pounds. He also put-up elite numbers in vertical, and shuttle. He's a serious freak!
  • Displays exceptional athleticism and movement skills, crucial for a defensive tackle.
  • Quick off the ball, showing ability to penetrate with his get-off when timing the snap count effectively.
  • Effective in setting up pass-rush moves and demonstrates agility and quickness.
  • Exhibits upper-body strength and physicality at the point of attack against the run.
  • Outstanding explosiveness and snap timing, carrying high energy into contact.
  • Shows a strong motor, willing to chase plays across the field with relentless pursuit.
  • Has the strength and power to absorb and pry through double-teams, showcasing good leverage in run defense.
  • Utilizes a diverse set of pass-rushing moves, including a solid arm-over and powerful forklift moves.

 

#57.  Packers select:

Matchup within the matchup: Zach Frazier vs. BU’s Siaki Ika | WBOY.com

Zach Frazier C W. Virigina

PASS BLOCKING:
 
85%
RUN BLOCKING:
 
82%

 

  • Fires out of his stance with a good pad level, consistently winning at the point of attack.
  • Solid positional run blocker who flashes the nasty demeanor and killer instinct scouts covet.
  • Exhibits good patience in pass protection, sitting back in his set rather than leaning and lunging.
  • He’s a coordinated athlete who can win at the point of attack in the run game, and Frazier can also move to consistently land blocks at the second level.
  • Exhibits a high degree of leverage and grip strength, a byproduct of his wrestling background, which translates into effective control over defenders.
  • Displays exceptional intelligence and awareness in the passing game, adept at diagnosing stunts and seamlessly managing transitions.
  • Superior run blocker, utilizing quick off-the-ball movement and low pad level to gain leverage against opponents.
  • Powerful at the point of attack, able to generate movement and create running lanes through his strength.
  • Brings versatility with experience at both guard and center, offering teams flexibility in lineup configurations.
  • Demonstrates a potent combination of play strength and competitive toughness, enhancing team dynamics pre- and post-snap.
  • His wrestling-derived hand techniques ensure sustained engagement and control over defenders, critical in both run and pass blocking.
  • Exudes a grinder mentality, with a consistent finisher's approach that maximizes play outcomes.

 

#69.  Packers select:

Tennessee Vols RB Jaylen Wright makes decision about transferring - A ...

Jaylin Wright RB Tennessee

RUSHING:
 
94%
BREAK TACKLES:
 
94%
RECEIVING/HANDS:
 
70%
PASS BLOCKING:
 
68%
RUN BLOCKING:
 
59%

 

  • Wright runs with violence; he’s capable of thrashing through tacklers, and Wright has the natural balance to withstand contact.
  • He keeps his pads low and consistently falls forward. Unlike most backs his size, he has the lateral movement and stop-start ability to make defenders whiff. He has breakaway speed in the open field.
  • Made Bruce Feldman's Freak's List - ranked #24. He wrote " The 5-11 Wright is up to 200 pounds but displayed some serious juice this offseason, clocking 23.6 mph in practice. Beyond that, Wright vertical-jumped 44 inches and did a 10-8 broad jump."
  • Exhibits patience and decisiveness, allowing blocks to develop before hitting holes with explosive speed.
  • He gets low and rarely absorbs significant contact, and he shows a nice blend of quickness and patience, maximizing his blocking.
  • Proven ability as a receiving threat out of the backfield, adding dimensions to his game.
  • He is a natural playmaker, at his best with the ball in his hands.
  • He shows good vision and good explosion up field once he plants his foot. Wright has lateral movement skills and enough speed to threaten big plays. He’s excellent in the passing game, capable of flexing out as a receiver and creating mismatches against linebackers, and he’s a solid back in the screen game.
  • Displays impressive burst and acceleration, capable of outrunning defensive angles.
  • Fits a zone system, can sift through oncoming traffic and explode through tiny creases and cutback lanes. Elite, darting stop-and-go acceleration. Dangerous in the open field.
 
 
 

#88.  Packers select:

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Jaden Hicks SS Washington St.

QB RATING WHEN TARGETED: 94.0
TACKLING:
 
69%
RUN DEFENSE:
 
72%
COVERAGE:
 
80%
ZONE:
 
73%
MAN/PRESS:
 
79%

 

  • Highly versatile, displaying proficiency in multiple alignments with minimal drop-off in effectiveness, a sought-after trait in the NFL.
  • Exhibits advanced ball-hawking skills, with a natural ability to disrupt passes and secure interceptions, showcasing his secondary prowess.
  • Smooth hip transitions and fluidity in movement allow him to shadow receivers and navigate the field with ease, critical for coverage schemes.
  • Football IQ off the charts; Hicks anticipates plays, showing an understanding of offensive schemes and player tendencies.
  • Aggressive in run support, demonstrating the ability to diagnose and disrupt plays from the backfield to the line of scrimmage.
  • Effective in zone coverage with an instinctual understanding of spatial relationships and route anticipation, enhancing his pass defense capabilities.
  • Possesses a quick burst and aggressive approach to the blitz, adding value as a pass-rusher from the secondary.
  • Physical attributes align with NFL standards, offering the length and agility needed to compete at a professional level.

 

#91.  Packers select:

Zak Zinter healthy again, looks to build off early experience with ...

Zak Zinter G Michigan

PASS BLOCKING:
 
80%
RUN BLOCKING:
 
80%

 

  • Broad upper body and strong hands enable him to sustain blocks effectively and combat bull rushers.
  • Exceptional in executing short pulls and second-level climbs, taking optimal angles to impact the game beyond the line of scrimmage.
  • Intelligent and disciplined, with accolades for his academic and leadership qualities, underscoring his tactical and strategic understanding of the game.
  • Boasts an impressive record of 33 straight starts, illustrating his reliability and consistency on the field.
  • Displays a powerful blocking presence, using his physicality and leverage to knock defenders backward and control engagements.
  • His experience against elite defensive lines in practice translates to advanced readiness for NFL competition.
  • Technically proficient, with the ability to maintain balance and positioning through diligent hand resetting and foot driving.
  • Displays a notable ability to anchor against bull rushes, showcasing strong lower body strength.

 

#106.  Titans on the clock.  Gute trades up.  Offers Royce Newman OL and pick #126 for pick #106.  Titans accept.

#106.  Packers select:

Elijah Jones 2022 Regular Season Highlights | Boston College DB - YouTube

Elijah Jones CB Boston College

QB RATING WHEN TARGETED: 48.3
TACKLING:
 
67%
RUN DEFENSE:
 
67%
COVERAGE:
 
89%
ZONE:
 
86%
MAN/PRESS:
 
81%

 

  • Jones's length and keen instincts disrupt offensive plays, leveraging his height effectively at the catch point.
  • Outstanding ball skills, evidenced by his ability to intercept and bat down passes, positioning him as a defensive threat.
  • Fluid movement and agility enable quick transitions and the capacity to promptly close gaps with receivers.
  • Leverages his height and impressive vertical jump to dominate in contested catch situations and excel in pass defense.
  • His speed, showcased by a 4.44 40-yard dash time, and exceptional leaping ability (42.5″ vert jump) make him a more than a match for even the tallest receivers and a force in pass breakups.
  • Displays strong zone coverage skills, with a natural ability to read quarterbacks and disrupt passing lanes.
  • Excels in undercutting throws with a significant burst, highlighting his potential for impactful plays.
  • Effective use of press and trail techniques maintains close coverage, minimizing receiver separation.

 

#169.  Packers select:

Florida Gators WR Ricky Pearsall Earns Spot on Biletnikoff Award Watch ...

Ricky Pearsall WR Florida 

QB RATING WHEN TARGETED: 113.8
HANDS:
 
89%
SHORT RECEIVING:
 
83%
INTERMEDIATE ROUTES:
 
93%
DEEP THREAT:
 
93%
BLOCKING:
 
57%

 

  • Natural ability to separate, particularly from the slot.
  • Exhibits great flexibility and adeptness in avoiding contact along route stems.
  • Technically proficient and creative in route running - makes sharp cuts. Excellent hands
  • Elusive after the catch, showing creative playmaking skills.
  • Renowned for making spectacular circus catches.
  • Versatile usage in return plays and as a runner.
  • Shows inside-out versatility on the field.
  • Effective in creating space and separation from defenders.

 

#201.  Packers select:

Braiden McGregor - Football - University of Michigan Athletics

Braiden McGregor DE/Edge Michigan

TACKLING:
 
65%
PASS RUSH:
 
77%
RUN DEFENSE:
 
70%

 

  • McGregor has electrifying change-of-direction skills and also the length and upper-body strength to discard blockers on the way.
  • He's not an elite pass rusher and projects as a left end in a 4-3 defense. If McGregor layers on more muscle, he might fit in the 3-4. Size, strength and versatility should push him into the top 75 picks.
  • Possesses the length and power to ward off offensive tackles.
  • He’s a high-effort pass rusher with an impressive combination of length and speed.
  • Tremendous explosion; accelerates low with power. Relentless blindside pursuit; tracks down ballcarriers across the field.
  • Naturally explosive player with decent get-off speed. Balanced through contact and stout against double-teams. Tackles through the ball. Versatile and has the body type to play many roles.
  • McGregor has the classic frame and long arms with some explosion, power and ability to close.

 

#219.  Packers select:

Garret Greenfield - 2023 - Football - South Dakota State University ...

Garret Greenfield T S. Dakota St.

PASS BLOCKING:
 
95%
RUN BLOCKING:
 
65%

 

  • Quick-footed with smooth movement skills to cover a large area. Rangy with above average lateral ability. Bursts off the snap and sets up quickly with little wasted motion.
  • Shows excellent awareness when presented with stunts and blitzes, and Greenfield works well with teammates on combo blocks
  • Dips shoulder and moves his feet to get outside leverage when needed. Strong and low coming out of his stance, effective in short-yardage situations.
  • Finishes and doesn't quit; competitor with a positive attitude and leadership traits that coaches admire.
  • Greenfield has the size teams look for at the tackle spots, and that is probably enough to get him a look as a swing tackle.
  • Shows a good feel for combo blocks, and he displays good quickness and flexibility when moving to the second level, capable of sealing the back side on reach blocks.
 
 
 

 

#245.  Packers select:

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Malik Mustapha S Wake Forest

QB RATING WHEN TARGETED: 91.6
TACKLING:
 
66%
RUN DEFENSE:
 
85%
COVERAGE:
 
71%
ZONE:
 
67%
MAN/PRESS:
 
73%

 

  • Elite athletic skills -- Made Bruce Feldman's 'Freaks List' at number 59. He wrote: "The 5-10, 205 junior is a 1,300-pound lifter (that includes his bench, squat and clean) and has vertical-jumped 36 1/2 inches this offseason. He also plays really, really fast, having hit 23 MPH on the GPS in a game."
  • Is athletic enough to play just about any style of coverage and dominate. Mustapha typically lines up in press, where Mustapha has the quick, powerful hands to disrupt receivers at the line of scrimmage.
  • Straight-line speed to take a pick to the house. Can punish receivers with closing speed and desire to hit at max impact.
  • Great on route recognition and has click-and-close ability.
  • His ball skills are very good. Mustapha tracks the ball well downfield and has the hands and coordination to come away with interceptions even when he isn’t targeted often.
  • Is an explosive mover with quickness and speed. He’s at his best attacking downhill, shooting gaps in run support, and disrupting the backfield.
  • Very good in run support, an aggressive tackler, and capable of breaking down and securing tackles in space.
  • Very aggressive attacking receiver blocks and tackles like a safety.

 

#255.  Packers select:

Michigan LB Michael Barrett on Ernest Hausmann, better depth

Michael Barrett LB Michigan

TACKLING:
 
72%
PASS RUSH:
 
90%
RUN DEFENSE:
 
75%
COVERAGE:
 
80%

 

  • He’s rangy and instinctive when he’s looking into the backfield as a zone defender.
  • Will stiff-arm linemen to stay free on some plays. Athletic enough to stay with running backs out of the backfield and knock receivers off crossing routes.
  • Barrett has enough speed to chase and run in pursuit. Barrett has the overall athleticism to hold up in space when dropping into coverage.
  • Keeps feet moving after initial contact. Jumps inside as a counter to typical rush but needs to show a larger variety of moves.
  • Good key and diagnosis skills. Quickly locates the ball and shows no wasted motion in getting there. At least adequate lateral agility to avoid blockers and shows good vision and anticipation.
  • Reads quarterbacks eyes and reacts quickly to targets in zone coverage.
 
 
 

 

UDFA's:

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Kedon Slovis QB BYU

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Carson Steele RB UCLA

2024 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Jalen Coker, WR, Holy Cross

Jalen Coker WR Holy Cross

TCU TE Jared Wiley seeing increased role on offense - BVM Sports

Jared Wiley TE TCU

9 NFL prospects to watch in the first round of the FCS playoffs | NCAA.com

Jalen Sundell OL N. Dakota St.

 

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I don't understand how we didn't sign or trade for Aaron Donald off of the retired list.  I mean, if we are doing ridiculous things right out of the gate, let's be sure to add that one.

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20 hours ago, spilltray said:

That is one of the dumbest trades I've ever seen on this site.

That is saying something because I've seen his other mock trades. 

He must hate Kenny Clarke, every mock he trades him. 

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1 hour ago, Old Guy said:

That is saying something because I've seen his other mock trades. 

He must hate Kenny Clarke, every mock he trades him. 

But hey, trading to get the pick, then trading it away?  Pure genius.  We've all seen it a million times.  Oh, wait.  No.  In fact we have not.

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2 minutes ago, Leader said:

Hmmmm...interesting exchanges at the beginning. Is Joe Alt worth the #5 pick (?) or would we have been better off staying at 4 and selecting Marvin?

We all would have been better off if he hadn't read this. It would have been better to look directly at the eclipse yesterday without eye protection. 

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18 minutes ago, Old Guy said:

We all would have been better off if he hadn't read this. It would have been better to look directly at the eclipse yesterday without eye protection. 

It's just a mock draft. No need to lampoon it incessantly. My question was real. Is Alt worth a #5 pick? I know Marvin's worth a top pick - though I'm not sure we need select a WR that high.

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9 minutes ago, Leader said:

It's just a mock draft. No need to lampoon it incessantly. My question was real. Is Alt worth a #5 pick? I know Marvin's worth a top pick - though I'm not sure we need select a WR that high.

Well, since we are talking about a Madden 101 trade, as this is what this entire mock draft is, yes.  Alt is worth that pick.  His overall score coming out is going to be at least on par with Walker, with much more upside as his awareness is likely low, but his skill scores will be quite high.  Alt is a 99 waiting to happen.

To secure the trade, we gave up some vets and a very promising WR, whose injury score has to be below 50.

And we gain a good safety.

Same rules apply if you take MHJ.  Awareness is low, but skills are high.  You gain an elite WR who probably doesn't have the low injury score that Watson has.

So in Madden?  Yes, the goal is to acquire as much high end young talent as you can get then watch it grow into 99's across the entire roster so that you can dominate year in and year out.  All while dumping older vets who start to decline.

In fact, yes, this trade makes a lot of Madden Sense.

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29 minutes ago, Leader said:

It's just a mock draft. No need to lampoon it incessantly. My question was real. Is Alt worth a #5 pick? I know Marvin's worth a top pick - though I'm not sure we need select a WR that high.

Alt will probably go 4, 5, or 6.  It isn't some crazy reach. 

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1 minute ago, ThatJerkDave said:

Alt will probably go 4, 5, or 6.  It isn't some crazy reach. 

Really? Interesting. Is Marvin worth being drafted that high? I've really not seen much of his play at all...is he really as all-worldly as the write ups make him out to be?

 

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Just now, Leader said:

Really? Interesting. Is Marvin worth being drafted that high? I've really not seen much of his play at all...is he really as all-worldly as the write ups make him out to be?

 

It depends on the write-up.  He certainly has high expectations.  He is very, very good.  And, yes, he will go right around the same time as Alt.  The biggest question is if the top 3 picks are all QBs, and if the right one falls, does Minnesota jump the Giants and get their QB too? Both Alt and Harrison should be top 5 picks, but QB is king. 

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