he Green Bay Packers are coming off an impressive season, but must improve in the draft. Here’s a 2017 NFL Mock Draft to help them do it.
The 2016 NFL season was a very successful one for the Green Bay Packers. After starting the season going 4-6 through their first 10 games, many thought they would miss the playoffs. However, led by franchise quarterback Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay won their next six regular season games and their next two postseason games. Their run at the Super Bowl ended at the hands of the Atlanta Falcons. In the process, their lack of a pass rush and poor secondary depth were exposed.
Green Bay must address these needs in the draft. At the same time, they must continue to provide Rodgers with the weapons necessary for the offense to run optimally. Green Bay has the 29th, 61st, 93rd, 134th, 172nd, 182nd, 212th, and 247th overall picks. Here’s a seven-round mock draft to help the Packers bring the Lombardi Trophy back home.
While the Packers have a much bigger need in the secondary, they should be able to address this need later in the draft. The 2017 draft is very deep with cornerbacks, so Green Bay can get a starter in the second round. Drafting a pass rusher should help ease the burden on the secondary. Taco Charlton from Michigan is likely the best pass rusher who will be available at this point.
He’s very athletic and quick, proving to be effective whether he lined up as an end or as a linebacker. Charlton should immediately fill the void left by Julius Peppers and should provide Nick Perry with some help. He has the potential to be a double digit sack guy in the NFL with his unique blend of athleticism and size.