The Green Bay Packers have a crucial draft upcoming after trading away superstar wide receiver Davante Adams. This offseason has been full of ups and downs for Green Bay, with Aaron Rodgers returning and Adams exiting.
The Packers were able to re-sign key defenders in All-Pro linebacker De’Vondre Campbell and cornerback Rasul Douglas. These were great moves, but Green Bay has a gaping hole at wide receiver.
This draft will be the best opportunity for the Packers to upgrade their roster. With Rodgers back under center, Green Bay is still a Super Bowl contender but will need to have a killer draft to compete with the top teams in the NFL.
With that said, here is the Green Bay Packers 2022 NFL Mock Draft.
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Green Bay Packers: 2022 NFL Mock Draft
1st round 22nd overall pick: WR Chris Olave
Chris Olave is one of the most dynamic receivers in the draft class and would be an excellent fit in the Packers’ offense. Olave has great speed and creates separation with his route running. He is great at getting open during scramble plays, which is a necessary skill in an offense led by Rodgers.
Head coach Matt LaFleur said this via ESPN “Certainly if you look at our roster right now, we definitely need to get some speed in that room. We need a legit guy that can take off the top of the coverage.”
Last season at Ohio State, Olave had 65 receptions for 936 yards and 13 touchdowns. He will be a huge difference-maker for the Packers and help the passing attack remain elite next season.
1st round 28th overall pick: OLB David Ojabo
Green Bay lost star pass rusher Za’Darius Smith as he wanted a new situation, leaving Preston Smith and Rashan Gary as the stars off the edge. Adding a third pass rusher would help the Packers’ defense remain an elite unit. Ojabo would have gone earlier in the draft, but he tore his achilles during his pro day.
This allows him to fall to Green Bay, which would be an excellent fit for him. The Packers wouldn’t have to worry about his injury due to the depth they have at pass rusher. It will give an already stout defense an extra boost when he is ready to go. Ojabo has great speed and pass-rushing moves to get to the quarterback, which led to his 11 sacks at Michigan last season. While they may have to wait to get him in action, Ojabo would be a steal at this spot.
2nd round 53rd overall pick: WR Jalen Tolbert
While Green Bay will likely take a receiver in the first round, they need to add more playmakers. The loss of Adams dominated the news cycle, but the Packers also lost Marquez Valdes-Scantling. Jalen Tolbert would be another speedy receiver to take the top off of the defense.
Olave and Tolbert would fit well alongside Allen Lazard, who is more a physical receiver. Tolbert had a phenomenal season, with 82 receptions for 1,474 yards and eight touchdowns. Drafting him would give Rodgers another solid target to throw to.
2nd round 59th overall pick: OT Abraham Lucas
Another hole on the Green Bay offense is at tackle, with the release of right tackle Billy Turner. Lucas is a great pass blocker, which will give Rodgers time to deliver downfield. Although Lucas is not a great run blocker yet, Green Bay can develop him into one.
The Packers always seem to have a top-tier offensive line and have proven to be good at developing linemen. David Bakhtiari and Elgton Jenkins were both drafted by the Packers and have become reliable linemen. Lucas would be an excellent selection to help Rodgers stay protected in the pocket.
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3rd round 92nd overall pick: TE Jelani Woods
Green Bay’s offense thrives with the run, quick passing, and screen games. Mercedes Lewis has thrived as a blocker for Matt LaFleur’s offense, but he is 37 years old, and they need to look into the future. Jelani Woods would be a suitable fit to fill that role, as he brings toughness to the game.
With Robert Tonyan coming off a torn ACL, adding another tight end next to Josiah Deguara and Lewis would help the offense. Woods would be a good scheme fit and a quality third-round selection for the Pack.
4th round 132nd overall pick: CB Alontae Taylor
Although the Packers have a great cornerback trio of Jaire Alexander, Rasul Douglas, and Eric Stokes, they could use some depth. Alontae Taylor would be a good scheme fit and has experience on special teams.
The special teams unit was atrocious for the Packers last season and was a big reason for their early playoff exit. Having more depth at cornerback and special teams would be beneficial for Green Bay.
4th round 140th overall pick: DT Zachary Carter
A team can never go wrong with adding an interior defensive lineman. Zachary Carter has the toughness and physical tools to make an impact on day one. Carter could slot into the defensive line rotation for Green Bay and give them more depth.
5th round 171st overall pick: OT Zach Tom
Having depth at the offensive line is extremely valuable in the NFL. Green Bay lost some of its depth in the offseason, which leaves them to draft some. Tom is versatile, which is the type of lineman that the Packers value.
Multiple players were shuffled around different positions on the Packers line last year due to injuries. Tom’s experience will help him be a good plug-and-play lineman in his rookie campaign.
7th round 228th overall pick: S Tycen Anderson
The Packers could use another safety in the rotation, and Tycen Anderson fits the bill. Anderson also has special teams’ experience, which is something that Green Bay desperately lacks. He would be a quality depth piece with his size and toughness.
7th round 249th overall pick: DL Zach VanValkenburg
Zach VanValkenburg has the potential to grow into a solid defensive lineman, which is worth a late-round selection. His size and physical tools show that he can be a quality player with the right development.
7th round 258th overall pick: CB Zyon McCollum
Another depth pick here in the last round of the draft would be Zyon McCollum. McCollum is another player with special team experience, which will help Green Bay make a deeper playoff run.
This draft is crucial for general manager Brian Gutekunst to nail for the Packers to remain Super Bowl contenders.