GREEN BAY, Wis. -- There’s time for one last mock draft -- OK, two last mock drafts -- before things get underway for real Thursday night.
And it should come as no surprise that ESPN draft analysts Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay don’t agree on the Green Bay Packers' pick at No. 29. That’s partly the way it is when you select that late in the round and partly because of how many different ways general manager Ted Thompson could go.
With that in mind, here’s each one’s pick for the Packers in their final mock drafts:
Kiper must not think that the draft eve signing of veteran guard Jahri Evans is enough to pass on the best interior lineman in the draft. Kiper could have taken Jackson at No. 29 but instead let him fall to the New Orleans Saints with the final pick in the first round.
McShay took Lamp off the board well before the Packers, sending him to the Baltimore Ravens at No. 16. Jackson was the fifth cornerback taken in McShay’s mock. Those who went ahead of him: Marshon Lattimore (at No. 5), Marlon Humphrey (No. 19) Kevin King (No. 24) and Tre'Davious White (No. 28).
Neither Kiper nor McShay had Wisconsin outside linebacker T.J. Watt -- my pick in the NFL Nation mock draft -- going in the first round. It’s still worth wondering whether the Packers would take a pass rusher over a cornerback, especially if five or more cornerbacks come off the board before No. 29.
It’s not surprising that neither McShay nor Kiper had the Packers taking a running back in the first round, something they haven’t done since 1990. In previous mock drafts earlier this offseason, both had the Packers taking a running back -- whether it was Dalvin Cook, Christian McCaffrey or Alvin Kamara -- at No. 29.