This is Part 7 of our Green Bay Packers seven-round mock draft. Our picks for the first four rounds were vetted by three NFL scouts to make sure our selections have a good chance of being available. Picks in the final three rounds are being based on a combination of player rankings at NFL Draft Scout and Optimum Scouting and the opinions of two scouts.
In our mock, the Packers replaced T.J. Lang in the first round and filled critical needs at cornerback in the second round, outside linebacker in the third round and cornerback again in the fourth round. In the fifth round, we drafted a running back with Green Bay's selection and added another pass rusher with a compensatory pick.
With most of the needs checked off the list, the Packers are back on the clock with their sixth-round pick, No. 214 overall.
The last two picks will be Hail Marys, of sorts, used on boom-bust prospects. If they pan out, great. If not, life goes on.
General manager Ted Thompson has a bit of a history taking late-round shots on receivers with eye-popping traits. In 2013, he used a seventh-round pick on Charles Johnson of Grand Valley State, a 6-foot-2 prospect with sub-4.4 speed in the 40. In 2014, he used another seventh round pick on Jeff Janis of Saginaw Valley State, a 6-foot-3 target with 4.43 speed and a sizzling three-cone time of 6.64 seconds. In 2016, he used a fifth-round pick on Trevor Davis of Cal, a 6-foot-1 threat with 4.42 speed and an electric 6.60 clocking in the three-cone.
Georgia State’s Robert Davis would be an intriguing sixth-round shot in the dark.
Davis caught 67 passes for 968 yards as a senior. His five touchdowns averaged 43.8 yards. According to Pro Football Focus, Davis had only three drops. Against Wisconsin, he caught eight passes for 93 yards and one touchdown. He finished his career with 222 receptions for 3,391 yards — both school records — with 17 touchdowns. Davis averaged 15.3 yards per catch and caught at least one pass in each of his 49 career games. Only T.Y. Hilton finished with more yards than Davis in Sun Belt Conference history, and Davis is the school’s only three-time all-Sun Belt selection.
That got Davis — who had no big-school scholarship offers coming out of high school — an invite to the Scouting Combine. Davis measured 6-foot-2 5/8 and 219 pounds. He ran a 4.44 in the 40 with a 41-inch vertical jump and a three-cone time of 6.82.
With Jordy Nelson turning 32 in May, Randall Cobb’s production slipping a bit the past two seasons and Janis entering his final season under contract, the Packers have a long-term need at receiver. With the early picks needed to fill pressing needs, the Packers could do worse than taking a deep shot on a sleeper with some serious physical traits.
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