Predict the first four rounds for Green Bay

Happy Draft Monday! The 2022 NFL Draft is 17 days away, which means it’s time for the sixth mock draft of the draft cycle. Here are the results for the Green Bay Packers of my last fictional draft in four rounds.

1.22: DB Daxton Hill, Mich.

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Hill is a pro-ready security who excels in the slot. Think of a sport more Micah Hyde. Hill is smooth in man coverage with good footwork and a loose bottom half. It smashes down the roads with a big burst of closing. This same closing flurry appears as a blitzer. As a running defender, he’s tough as nails and packs a surprisingly heavy punch.

Hill checks a lot of boxes for the Packers. The Michigan defensive back is versatile, athletic and won’t be 22 until September. In the current state of affairs, Adrian Amos and Darnell Savage Jr. are both expected to be free agents after the upcoming season. It wouldn’t be surprising to see Brian Gutekunst pick a safety early in the next draft.

1.28: WR George Pickens, Georgia

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Pickens is a lanky wide receiver with a huge catch radius. He climbs the ranks and has exceptional body control. The Georgia wide receiver is excellent in contested catch situations. Pickens does a great job of stacking cornerbacks vertically.

Like Hill, Pickens checks a lot of boxes for the Packers with his frame (6-3) and athleticism, and he’ll turn 22 days after the NFL Draft. The Packers need to reload at wide receiver and catching a player of Pickens’ ilk would be a good start in that process.

2.53: DL DeMarvin Leal, Texas A&M

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Leal passes the eye test with his athleticism and NFL-ready frame. The Texas A&M product is explosive from the snap of the fingers and quick to achieve penetration in space. When Leal’s engine is running, he can be a disruptive force. Leal has all the talent in the world, but he left you wanting more. That’s why Leal could get to the middle of the second round where the Packers would be all too happy to roll the dice on the Texas A&M product.

2.59: Edge rusher Myjai Sanders, Cincinnati

Tulsa Golden Hurricane quarterback Davis Brin (7) escapes pressure Cincinnati Bearcats defensive lineman Myjai Sanders (21)

Explosive. That’s the only word to describe Cincinnati’s edge rusher game. Sanders has a lightning-fast first step (1.57 split for 10 yards) that gets offensive linemen back on their heels. At just 247 pounds, Sanders does an exceptional job of converting speed into power.

With his length and edgy athleticism, Sanders would provide quality depth behind Rashan Gary and Preston Smith.

3.92: WR Danny Gray, High School

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With the loss of Marquez Valdes-Scantling, the Packers need a new vertical threat (or two). Enter the SMU Speed ​​Daemon. Gray is an explosive playmaker. The SMU wide receiver ran a 4.33 40 at the NFL Scouting Combine. He’s a long walker, able to accelerate past cornerbacks off the line of scrimmage to win vertically.

4.132: LB/DB JoJo Domann, Nebraska

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Domann is listed as a linebacker, but he played mostly in the slot last season for Nebraska. A former safety, Domann looks natural in his coverage with his loose hips and good quickness in short areas. Domann can line up at linebacker, slot, safety and has experience on special teams.

Packers need to improve depth behind all-pro linebacker De’Vondre Campbell and Domann would give defensive coordinator Joe Barry a versatile chess piece to play with. Think of Domann as a cut-price version of Isaiah Simmons or Jeremy Owusu-Koramoah.

4.140: RB Pierre Strong Jr., South Dakota State

South Dakota State’s Pierre Strong, Jr. escapes the grip of North Dakota State’s James Kaczor

This choice can send people chasing their forks. With Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon, the Packers have one of the best semifinal punches in the league.

However, who is the third running back? Kylin Hill will emerge from a torn ACL. Has Patrick Taylor done enough to lock down this job?

If an opportunity arises to improve the depth behind Jones and Dillon, Gutekunst will likely pull the trigger. It should also be noted that the Packers will have a decision to make on Jones after the upcoming season when his cap explodes to over $20 million.

Strong ticks all the boxes. He has the tools (vision, balance, velvet feet, pass-blocking hands and chops) to be a next-level three-way running back.

Strong has great playing ability. During his career at Brookings, he averaged 7.1 yards per carry. Strong rarely drops on first contact and does a great job of creating yards after contact. He is an elusive runner due to his balance, footwork and he is able to move sideways well without slowing down.

Draft results

1.22: DB Daxton Hill, Mich.
1.28: WR George Pickens, Georgia
2.53: DL DeMarvin Leal, Texas A&M
2.59: OLB Myjai Sanders, Cincinnati
3.92: WR Danny Gray, High School
4.132: LB/DB JoJo Domann, Nebraska
4.140: RB Pierre Strong Jr., South Dakota State

Take away food : “Home run in the first lap. Hill is going to be a next-level slot dynamo, and Pickens looks like the perfect fit as the “X” receiver in Matt LaFleur’s offense. Both would be instant impact contributors to important positions. And both are exactly what the Packers are looking for in starters. Getting Leal and Sanders a round later adds high-potential development players for the defensive front, and Gray brings 4.33 Speed ​​as a deep threat. Domann is an exciting and versatile chess piece who could thrive in subsets and on special teams. Strength may be a luxury here, but using mid-range picks to supply the running back room with cheap talent is smart. – Zach Kruse, Packers Wire editor

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