Well, since the Packers aren't going to be getting a 1st round pick from the Jets, I'll have to do a new mock draft.
Using PFF Mock Simulator https://www.pff.com/draft/nfl-mock-draft-simulator
And the website isn't allowing me to upload pictures right now, so I'll have to type it out.Trade:
Packers get the #11 pick overall. Which the Packers trade the #11 pick overall and a 6th round pick to the Saints for their #19 overall pick and their 2025 1st round pick. Saints select a DT.1.19: OT Graham Barton, Duke
PFF mentions Barton will most likely get the "Peter Skoronski treatment", which Bakhtiari and Tom also get, you know, they're too short and short armed to be a quality starting OT in the NFL... but they're elite athletes and you simply aren't beating them too often in the passing game. Like Skoronski, Barton also shows elite potential I the run blocking game which is why he MIGHT be a 1st rounder.
2.43: S Calendar Bullock, USC
Runyan is a FA, and people currently want Myers replaced, which might be Tom if they ever got enough good OTs.
Also I still don't have a freaking clue why Tom dropped to the 4th round, nor why we drafted Rhyan in the 3rd over him, sorry, rant for a different time.
With the 43rd overall, the Packers get an elite coverage S that can be used as a Single High FS and get the job done. Though does he fit the system? Or would they even be willing to change the system? Bullock is elite in coverage, and he tackles WRs extremely well... but he also drops this far in part because film suggestion he doesn't want nothing to do with tackling those RBs. So Bullock is best as a sole deep FS. But Savage seems best as a SS, and the two Safety the Packers currently have signed for 2024 are more used to playing towards the box, so an opposite type would be good, and maybe Packers could tweak the system a bit like they have been tweaking it. But if the system can work, then an elite FS can free up the SS to be more aggressive underneath and fly around more.Trade:
Bills offer a 3rd round pick to trade up in the 2nd, so I let them.2.60: CB Max Melton, Rutgers
Rutgers football program sucks, but that doesn't mean all their players do. And I expect Melton to get higher and higher hyped as the draft gets near. As an highly competitive player, that's feisty in press coverage and shows good athleticism, he's been one of the few to give Ohio State's Marvin Harrison Jr. some troubles.
3.75: OT Kingsley Suamataia, BYU
He is also brother of Green Bay Packers PS wide receiver Bo Melton.
6'6" 315 lbs, now that's the size teams like to see at OT and Suamataia has the movement skills to succeed, he's had the general pass blocking down, and is starting to improve the run blocking. That being said, while he has the potential, he also has a lot to be coached up on, specifically hand placement, knowing when he can get away with a grab vs when you can't, balance and footwork. He needs to become a better student and maybe have better teachers of the game.
If Runyan isn't resigned, can possibly
put him at RG, or RT if Tom is moved inside and Barton is playing backup at LT
With the additional 2025 1st round pick, the Packers want to trade up for more picks now (2024 is supposed to be a deeper draft), so the Packers trade their 2024 4th round pick and 2025 3rd round pick to the 49ers for two late 3rd round picks, #92 and #100)3.92: RB Audric Estime, Notre Dame
Larger RB at 230 lbs, with surprisingly good football and vision for a guy of his size, and he knows how to be physically. Not known for being used in the passing game, but he's caught every ball throw to him, and PFF has his route running going up each year. PFF loved his extremely low stuff rate, which means he doesn't get stopped in the backfield often. I didn't see this until now, PFF has him low grade on fumbles (which is bad), as he's averaging about one fumble for every 50 carries. That clearly needs to improve, and someone needs to teach him how to block, I think he clearly can, and would, but I don't think he's had the right teacher, or they haven't demanded he learn it.
3.98: C Zach Frazier, West Virginia
6'3" 310 lb. In 2022, looking at all the Centers AND all the OGs, PFF had Frazier graded out top 15 overall. With a top 20 run blocking. His pass blocking wasn't as good, but it was still good.
3.100: TE Cade Stover, Ohio State
Maybe keep Tom at OT after all? Or at least more competition for the interior OL
This is how the mock draft fell, and hopefully a much improved OL for Jones, Love, Watson, Doubs and Musgrave, I'll take it!
Probability unlikely selection, Gute has drafted 3rd round TEs in back to back years before, but last year was 2nd AND 3rd round TEs. Though maybe if you consider Musgrave more of a large WR it might make more sense.
Kyle Shanahan/Matt LaFleaur offense need versatile players that can be used in multiple different ways, and if the Packers don't resign Dugara (whom hasn't exactly lit it up yet) then they basically have no one whom can fill the H-back, Move TE/FB blocking roles extremely well.
Which I believe Stover can be the jack of all trades this scheme needs, at least if he truly buys into the TE position switch, as some rumors have suggested his heart is still on defense.Stover's position history
Ohio's Mr. Football
Recruited as an LB (signed with Ohio State)
2019 moved to 4-3 DE
2020 moved to TE
2021 moved back to LB
2022 moved back to TE
2022 Rose Bowl, due to injuries played LB.
2023 back at TE
There are guys that have spent their entire careers at a single position, even starting in college at that position and still look undeveloped.
Stover has been moved around a lot, and yet, he never has looked out of place. TE is his best position though, and he's has done everything very well, though not everything at the same exact time. But at times he's looked good at everything but needs to put it all together at once and if he's able to, he could be one hell of a versatile chess piece.