NFL.com’s latest mock draft from Daniel Jeremiah has the Green Bay Packers getting help for the offensive line late in the first round.
Jeremiah’s mock draft sent Oklahoma State offensive tackle Teven Jenkins to the Packers 29th overall.
The selection of Jenkins would give the Packers valuable depth at offensive tackle and potential long-term starter at right tackle off David Bakhtiari. Jeremiah believes Jenkins can play both tackle and guard, providing another player with valuable versatility for the Packers’ offensive line.
Matt LaFleur’s offense primarily used Rick Wagner and Billy Turner at right tackle in 2020. Turner can play multiple positions and may need to play left tackle to start 2021, while Wagner, despite a strong 2020 season, it could be a drop in the salary cap this offseason. The Packers may also lose All-Pro center Corey Linsley in free agency, likely requiring point guard Elgton Jenkins or Lucas Patrick to move inside.
Here’s Jenkins blurb from Jeremiah’s big board:
Jenkins is a great and powerful right tackle. He comes out of his position in the passing game very quickly and can cover ground quickly. He has no trouble kicking to cover up sprinting runners. However, you do have some issues when you have to quickly redirect inward, which leads to some allowable pressures. He has strong and violent hands, but at times he becomes overly aggressive, which affects his balance. However, it absorbs power brokers quite easily. It’s fun to watch in the running game. It can twist and throw linemen over its nose. Collect lots of falls. It has the speed to cut through the back and is very efficient going up to the second level. In general, Jenkins has some balance issues to correct, but I love his size, speed, and nastiness. I see him as a quality starter in the NFL at right tackle.
Jenkins is the 26th player on the great board of Pro Football Focus. According to the site, he allowed just four total pressures while playing right tackle last season.
Keeping Aaron Rodgers protected should remain a long-term priority for the Packers. The 37-year-old quarterback had just 20 total sacks in 16 regular-season games during his MVP season in 2020.
The Packers haven’t selected a real offensive tackle since Jason Spriggs in the second round of 2016. The need at the position would diminish if Wagner returns in 2021, but he’s only under contract for one more season and has had injury problems in the past. .
Jeremiah’s first mock draft of the offseason saw the Packers select Louisville catcher Tutu Atwell.