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Green Bay Packers 7-round mock draft: Five picks go to the secondary, including Cooper DeJean

2T90NR1 USC Trojans safety Calen Bullock (7) defends in coverage during an NCAA football game against UCLA, Saturday, Nov. 18, 2023 in Los Angeles. (Ric Tapia via AP)

Cooper DeJean bolsters the Green Bay Packers‘ secondary: At 6-foot-1 and 205 pounds, he checks the size boxes for the position and brings top-tier natural athleticism.

Kiran Amegadjie represents Green Bay's next project on the OL: Amegadjie looks like a future professional on film when standing next to FCS-level competition. And when the ball is snapped, he plays like it. His 6-foot-5, 325-pound frame can succeed at tackle in the NFL, although he also started at guard for one season at Yale.

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As the 2024 NFL Draft nears, our seven-round team mock draft series continues with the Green Bay Packers.

Round 1, Pick 25: CB Cooper DeJean, Iowa

DeJean played mostly outside cornerback for Iowa over the past two years. At 6-foot-1 and 205 pounds, he checks the size boxes for the position and brings top-tier natural athleticism. His footwork is quick and controlled, his backpedal and shuffling are smooth, his stop-and-start speed is good for his size, and his ball skills are elite. Wrap all that with a bow of high football intelligence and instincts.

He doesn’t have much experience in press coverage but can succeed in that role. DeJean is likely the best run-defending cornerback in the class. There aren’t many holes, if any, in his game.


Round 2, Pick 41: T Kiran Amegadjie, Yale

Amegadjie looks like a future professional on film when standing next to FCS-level competition. And when the ball is snapped, he plays like it. His 6-foot-5, 325-pound frame can succeed at tackle in the NFL, although he also started at guard for one season at Yale.

His feet are heavy at times, given his weight, but his strides cover a ton of ground to mirror defenders. His power at the point of attack is imposing. He brings consistent and impactful power to redirect and displace defenders.

Though a bit high-waisted and high in his pad level, he shows a good understanding of winning with leverage, loading his body as low as he can before contact.


Round 2, Pick 58: LB Junior Colson, Michigan

Colson grew up playing soccer in Haiti and began playing football when he moved to the U.S. He committed to Michigan and started 36 of his 41 games played in just three seasons.

He is a strong and reliable run defender who has good discipline at the LOS. His feel for coverage is also above average. He has good pre-snap communication and recognition and does not run himself out of plays with play-action or pre-snap motion. His straight-line speed is decent, but his change-of-direction ability is tight (slower to flip the hip). Though he is good at sifting through chaos in run defense, he has some difficulties getting off blocks.


Round 3, Pick 88: S Calen Bullock, USC

Bullock has top-tier range and does his best work from a single-high alignment. He has the long speed, hip fluidity and footwork to break on the ball and cover a ton of ground. He is also good at reading and baiting quarterbacks into throws. He shows off wide receiver-like ball skills when defending the pass.

Most of the negatives on his scouting report are in run defense. He is slender and currently lacks NFL-level strength/density to be reliable there. Though his movement skills are cornerback-like and can translate to slot coverage, his strength is an issue when playing near the line of scrimmage or against tight ends in man coverage.


Round 3, Pick 91: RB Ray Davis, Kentucky

Davis is short, which affects his overall speed, but he has a great center of gravity in addition to nimble and balanced footwork. He also has a quick first step to accelerate and fantastic vision, especially when running behind a zone-blocking scheme.

As a third-down back, he has good hands and brings that one-cut agility to routes out of the backfield. When it comes to pass protection, he is a willing blocker who has good fundamentals but is often overpowered.


Round 4, Pick 126: EDGE Justin Eboigbe, Alabama

Eboigbe is a powerful, versatile player who can line up anywhere from a zero-shade nose tackle to a five-technique defensive end. His size and length are big pluses, especially since he has good hip flexibility to get low in his stance. His pass-rush profile isn’t diverse, but his natural strength helps his long-arm and bull-rush moves.

He has a great anchor against the run and can be a short-yardage package player. His first step is powerful, but his top gear is average. He doesn’t boast much agility or flexibility when changing direction. His hand usage could be more consistent, but when he does hit a swipe, club or rip, it can be effective.


Round 5, Pick 169: CB Ryan Watts, Texas

Watts failed to earn a single 70.0-plus coverage grade over his career. That said, his size, tackling ability and prowess against the run mean that he'll likely get a chance to stick around on special teams.


Round 6, Pick 202: T Caedan Wallace, Penn State

Wallace has a lot of experience and good athleticism. His versatility makes him an ideal swing tackle.


Round 6, Pick 219: CB A.J. Woods, Pittsburgh

Woods is coming off a career-worst 60.1 PFF grade. He looked like a draftable prospect coming into the year but may need to stick as an undrafted free agent at this point.


Round 7, Pick 245: LB Trevin Wallace, Kentucky

Wallace is a top-tier athlete for the position, but he must improve his anticipation and recognition in order to truly be a difference-maker with his physical gifts.


Round 7, Pick 255: S Josh Proctor, Ohio State

Proctor has lined up in the slot, in the box and as a deep safety. He's a better run defender than he is in coverage, but at a minimum, he is capable of sticking around on special teams in the NFL.

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