Packers get Alabama OL Alex Leatherwood in NFL Wire mock draft

The Green Bay Packers got assistance for the offending line in a first-round mock draft from all 32 handling editors in the NFL Wire network.

Choosing at No. 29 total, Packers Wire picked Alabama offending lineman Alex Leatherwood.

The blurb discussing the choice: “Second-tier receivers and cornerbacks were still available, but the Packers go with Leatherwood to ensure the offensive line remains a high-level unit in 2021 and beyond. A left tackle at Alabama, Leatherwood could slot in at right guard or right tackle as a rookie and help the Packers replace All-Pro center Corey Linsley among the starting five. In this scenario, the Packers could play Lucas Patrick or Elgton Jenkins at center and have either Leatherwood or Billy Turner eventually play guard. Leatherwood tested well, and his experience and versatility will be attractive to Green Bay. His floor is high. And his ceiling is as a 10-year starter at either tackle spot.”

Ole Miss pass receiver Elijah Moore and Florida State cornerback Asante Samuel Jr. were greatly thought about and almost picked, however both have genuine size issues that might knock them down the group’s draft board, specifically in the preliminary. In this circumstance, the Packers focused on a premium position along the offending line and got a safe possibility that might play right now at either guard or right take on.

We were dissatisfied to see protective lineman Christian Barmore, cornerback Greg Newsome, security Trevon Moehrig, receiver Rashod Bateman and edge rush Jaelan Phillips come off the board in between No. 22 and No. 28, getting rid of a number of appealing targets for the Packers.

Nevertheless, Leatherwood checks a great deal of boxes. He played left take on at a high level in the SEC. He’d fix a requirement at a premium position. He has incredible length and succeeded in the pre-draft screening procedure. He’s still just 22 years of ages. He has position adaptability along the offending line.

With Leatherwood on the lineup, the Packers would take pleasure in ongoing versatility in building the beginning 5 along the offending line, an important proposal after the surplus of adaptability assisted the Packers provide among the NFL’s finest offensive lines in 2020.

Without thinking about size or what the Packers normally choose in first-round potential customers, Moore – a vibrant receiver and a best fit in Matt LaFleur’s plan – would have been the choice.

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.