The Green Bay Packers are looking to redeem themselves in 2019 after missing the postseason for the second consecutive year.
It's the first time they've missed out on the playoffs two years in a row since 2005 and 2006, so the team will be eager for a bounce-back campaign.
Mel Kiper Jr. has the Packers addressing both sides of the ball in his Mock Draft 1.0. The Packers own two picks in the first round, No. 12 overall as well as a selection ranging from No. 29-32 overall, a pick they got from the Saints in last year's draft.
Mock draft reminders:— Field Yates (@FieldYates) January 17, 2019
* The Raiders have picks 4, 24 and 27.
* The Packers have pick 12 New Orleans' pick (TBD 29-32)
* The Bears, Cowboys and Saints are without a first round pick
* Mel still has the most electric hair in sports television https://t.co/pZ3nggvUg8
With their first pick in the draft, Kiper Jr. is anticipating the Packers to select star Clemson defensive end Clelin Ferrell. Kiper Jr. is touting Ferrell to be the top remaining pass-rusher on the board at No. 12 and thinks the Packers will select him despite the defensive end not being an ideal fit for a 3-4 defensive scheme.
Ferrell was an impact player in his final three years of college ball. In 2018, he logged 20 tackles for loss, 11.5 sacks, 55 tackles and three forced fumbles across 15 games during the team's National Championship winning season.
EDGE Clelin Ferrell and WR Parris Campbell to the Packers. https://t.co/syf2FAoQLe— Zachary Jacobson (@ZachAJacobson) January 17, 2019
With their second pick in the opening round, Kiper Jr. is projecting the Packers to pick up yet another rookie wide receiver, despite having selected three of them in the 2018 draft.
This pick will range from No. 29-32, depending on how the Saints fare in the NFC Championship and Super Bowl. Campbell caught 90 passes for 1,063 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2018. He stands in at 6-1 and could be a valuable asset for the Packers' offense if he can develop a strong rapport with Rodgers.