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Maybe? In theory, Parsons and Owusu-Koramoah go before him at linebacker. (Nick Bolton?)

5 QBs: Lawrence, Wilson, Fields, Lance (Mac Jones)

5 WRs: Chase, Waddle, DeVonta Smith, Bateman, Marshall

5 OTs: Sewell, Darrisaw, Slater, Cosmi, Vera-Tucker (Mayfield)

3 Edge: Paye, Rosseau, Oweh (Phillips, Ojulari)

3 CBs: Surtain, Farley, Horn (Newsome, Samuel, Stokes)

DT: Barmore

S: Moehrig

That's 24 guys that probably go before him, a few more that could. I also think there's a DT or two that could slide in there.

Or maybe that's just man-crush wishful thinking.

@Herschel posted:

Maybe? In theory, Parsons and Owusu-Koramoah go before him at linebacker. (Nick Bolton?)

5 QBs: Lawrence, Wilson, Fields, Lance (Mac Jones)

5 WRs: Chase, Waddle, DeVonta Smith, Bateman, Marshall

5 OTs: Sewell, Darrisaw, Slater, Cosmi, Vera-Tucker (Mayfield)

3 Edge: Paye, Rosseau, Oweh (Phillips, Ojulari)

3 CBs: Surtain, Farley, Horn (Newsome, Samuel, Stokes)

DT: Barmore

S: Moehrig

That's 24 guys that probably go before him, a few more that could. I also think there's a DT or two that could slide in there.

Or maybe that's just man-crush wishful thinking.

In the mocks I have seen, the guys listed here that come closest to pick 29 are DT Barmore, Safety Moehrig and LB Collins. One early mock had Barmore picked by the Packers and a more recent mock had Zaven Collins going to the Packers and yet others had Jalen Mayfield, OT, landing in Gute's lap. I doubt Gute goes for an OT in Round 1, though. Of course, who knows what Gute will do in the draft?  Another IOL guy, is Rashawn Slater OG/C out of NW. The guy is listed as the Top OG and the Top C on Draft Blaster's draft position pages. Most mocks had him gone in the top 20, though. Still, the versatility he brings at being solid at two OL positions has got to be appealing, to Gute and Co.

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Collins would make an excellent addition to the linebacking corps...

This is from PFF:

"With the linebacker position in the NFL getting smaller and smaller in recent years, Collins is a decidedly different animal. At 6-foot-4, 260 pounds, Collins has throwback thumper size combined with modern athleticism. His performance this past year for Tulsa was nothing short of special.

He consistently made plays in coverage, with four picks and a pass breakup in only eight games. His best attribute when projecting to the next level, though, is what he can do as a blitzer β€” running backs aren't blocking this dude. He's going to be high on any blitz-heavy team's draft board and will wreak havoc on opposing offenses."

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29. Zaven Collins LB Tulsa - Big and athletic, can do it all. Similar to Leighton Vander Esch, maybe not quite as fast but also lacks the injury history.

62. Richie Grant S UCF - Safety who can cover slot guys and wideouts, making nickel and big nickel one-and-the-same. May take over for Amos down the road or interchangeable with either in case of injury.

92. Trill Williams CB Syracuse - Long corner who can play press, off-man or zone. Went with Williams over Keith Taylor to avoid the Kevin King comparisons.

135. Rodarius Williams CB Oklahoma State - Another physical corner with good size. This is where I think guys may go higher than their draft spot. If a promising OT or C is here, that could well be the pick.

142. Patrick Johnson OLB Tulane - A bit shorter version of Preston Smith. Another versatile guy who can be used in a lot of ways.

174. Jermar Jefferson RB Oregon State - Similar skill set to Aaron Jones, but without the weed.

178. Khyiris Tonga DL BYU - Freakish athlete for a big man, but raw as heck. If he can learn discipline, could be great.

215. Austin Watkins WR UAB - A James Jones with better speed but less experience.

221. Jamar Watson Edge KY - Kind of a Leon Jacobs type: athletically gifted and can rush the passer or even line up wide in coverage but not the most accomplished guy as a traditional linebacker. Spot player and potentially great special teamer.

250. Landon Young OT KY - Didn't really see an o-lineman that lined up with draft position earlier

@Packmeister posted:

Collins would make an excellent addition to the linebacking corps...

This is from PFF:

"With the linebacker position in the NFL getting smaller and smaller in recent years, Collins is a decidedly different animal. At 6-foot-4, 260 pounds, Collins has throwback thumper size combined with modern athleticism. His performance this past year for Tulsa was nothing short of special.

He consistently made plays in coverage, with four picks and a pass breakup in only eight games. His best attribute when projecting to the next level, though, is what he can do as a blitzer β€” running backs aren't blocking this dude. He's going to be high on any blitz-heavy team's draft board and will wreak havoc on opposing offenses."

This guy isn’t going to make it past the mid rounds.  I can’t imagine Baltimore or the Steelers not picking this guy up because they aren’t morons.

I agree on Collins.  Unless something dramatic happens there is no he falls to GB at 29.  The Packers would likely need to get up into the top 15-20 range to get him and that would involve them having to surrender their 2nd round pick (likely) to move up.  If Collins is as good as advertised, then it’s probably worth the move but I don’t see Gute doing it.  I expect him to draft a corner or OL with their first rounder.  

One other dude's opinion.

"Onwuzurike is an excellent value addition in Round 2 or Round 3. He has the versatility to line up both as a 3-4 end and a 4-3 defensive tackle. With his length and anchor, he can also line up under center on occasion. Teams with a need for a well-rounded, versatile, high-upside interior lineman present potential fits for Onwuzurike. The Cardinals, Dolphins, Cowboys, and Packers stand out as good matches, but there are others as well."

@FinnLander posted:

One other dude's opinion.

"Onwuzurike is an excellent value addition in Round 2 or Round 3. He has the versatility to line up both as a 3-4 end and a 4-3 defensive tackle. With his length and anchor, he can also line up under center on occasion. Teams with a need for a well-rounded, versatile, high-upside interior lineman present potential fits for Onwuzurike. The Cardinals, Dolphins, Cowboys, and Packers stand out as good matches, but there are others as well."

I think we already have a player like him on the roster in Kingsley Keke. They're looking for something else, IMO.

They need to find a quality linebacker early, a DB, and an O-lineman. DT won't be addressed until later, unless somebody drops, but I don't see that happening. Besides, there isn't much at the top of this draft at DT for someone to fall... Barmore... anyone else?

Daviyon Nixon may also be a better prospect, as well as Tufele. Again, I don't see a DT getting picked early by the Packers... 3rd through 5th round? Yeah.

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I like Onwuzurike better than any of those guys, tbh. He, McNeill, Tufele and Tonga do seem like guys the Packers would go for. Keke is a solid rotational guy, but not a stud.

Admittedly, my Barmore trepidation is the irrational fear he's a 'maxed out in college' 'Bama player rather than any knock on what we've seen (he's rag dolled too many opposing lineman for that, he looks like the #1 DT) and I have nothing against Nixon.