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Will Andre Dillard be a Packer?

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That’s the result of our final mock draft for 2019 here at APC."Each year Muhammad Wilkerson Jersey , Acme Packing Company readers put our heads together to predict the first round of the NFL Draft in the days leading up to its start. This year, we did the same, with eight writers contributing to the mock.APC’s writers were assigned teams and made the picks for those teams accordingly. Below are APC’s selections, with context and analysis added by Managing Editor Evan “Tex” Western, who did not participate in the picks themselves.1. Arizona Cardinals (Kris Burke): Kyler Murray, QB, OklahomaThere isn’t much to say here. It seems like Murray is the Cardinals’ guy, which likely means that Josh Rosen is in a new city by the end of the second day of the draft. Murray will fit in well for Kliff Kingsbury and his Air Raid offense.2. San Francisco 49ers (Wendi Hansen): Josh Allen, EDGE, KentuckyThis pick seems to be down to Allen or Bosa. Both look like great prospects on the edge, and Bosa might be a slightly better scheme fit now that the Niners are back to a 4-3 system. Still, Allen has plenty of size to play with his hand in the dirt, so this will probably just come down to whichever player the Niners prefer after interviews.3. New York Jets (Kris): Nick Bosa, EDGE, Ohio StateSee above. With Allen gone, Bosa is probably a no-brainer pick for the Jets.4. Oakland Raiders (Shawn Wagner): Quinnen Williams, DT, AlabamaWilliams is undoubtedly one of the best defensive tackle prospects in years, and the Raiders could use an impact player in the middle of their line. This would give Oakland a ferocious interior group, matching up Williams with Maurice Hurst and Johnathan Hankins.5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Jon Barnett): Devin White, LB, LSUThe Buccaneers have been connected to White for a while now, and for good reason. He could be a solid strong-side or middle linebacker in a 4-3, and could be a great pairing with Lavonte David.6. New York Giants (Jason Hirschhorn): Montez Sweat, EDGE, Mississippi StateWith the news today that Sweat’s heart condition is not as problematic as initially thought, he makes sense as a top-ten pick. In New York Marcedes Lewis Jersey , he’ll give the Giants a dynamic edge rusher that they no longer have after trading Olivier Vernon to Cleveland.7. Jacksonville Jaguars (Shawn): Rashan Gary, DL, MichiganGary is a high-ceiling, low-floor prospect, and his fit in Jacksonville would be interesting. They already have two excellent defensive ends in Yannick Ngakoue and Calais Campbell, but either Campbell or Gary could shift inside on passing downs. That would allow them to work Gary in gradually as he acclimates to the NFL.8. Detroit Lions (Owen Riese): T.J. Hockenson, TE, IowaAn early tight end for Detroit? It didn’t work out that well last time with Eric Ebron (though he’s doing fine in Indy now), but Hockenson would probably be a day-one upgrade over projected starter Jesse James.9. Buffalo Bills (Mike Vieth): Ed Oliver, DT, HoustonOne of my favorite prospects in the draft, Oliver is a monster who would make a good Bills defensive line even better. This is a pure best player available pick, and for good reason.10. Denver Broncos (Peter Bukowski): Jonah Williams, OL, AlabamaDenver signed Ja’Wuan James in free agency to play right tackle, so Williams probably plays guard for the Broncos if he comes off the board at 10. A quarterback is still a possibility here — it’s a bit surprising we have only seen one go in the top ten.11. Cincinnati Bengals (Wendi): Devin Bush, LB, MichiganThis pick seems to be pretty commonly-predicted lately as well, as Bush would give the Bengals an impact player at linebacker that they haven’t had in a long time. With his range and coverage ability, he’s probably a perfect fit on as a weak-side linebacker.12. Green Bay Packers (Peter): Andre Dillard, OT, Washington StateFinally we get to the Packers’ pick here, and Peter has given the team its right tackle of the future in Dillard. Since the team has another pick later in round one, Green Bay can afford to get a player who will spend 2019 as a backup before moving into the starting lineup when Bryan Bulaga presumably leaves next spring. Williams being off the board means that Dillard is almost certainly the best remaining offensive lineman. The other option I could see here is Brian Burns, who could be a rotational pass-rusher as a rookie.13. Miami Dolphins (Shawn): Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State’Finally Lance Kendricks Jersey , we get quarterback number two. Miami would likely be ecstatic with this scenario, though in reality we’re probably much more likely to see someone move up into the top ten to grab him. If they didn’t take one of the remaining QBs in this situation, that’s a clear sign that they’re tanking for Tua in 2020.14. Atlanta Falcons (Jason): Brian Burns, EDGE, Florida StateThe Falcons need pass-rush help, and Burns is a nice fit here. Vic Beasley hasn’t cut it in the last two years or so, and he’ll likely be gone after the season. Enter Burns, whose testing and tape as a pass-rusher give him a great ceiling, though he’ll need to learn to play the run before he becomes a full-time starter.15. Washington (Mike): DK Metcalf, WR, MississippiA quarterback is possible here as well, but Metcalf would give Jay Gruden a pair of deep threats (Paul Richardson being the other) along with Josh Doctson, who has yet to really break out.16. Carolina Panthers (Paul Noonan): Greedy Williams, CB, LSUThe Panthers drafted an LSU corner in round two last year, grabbing the blazing-fast Donte Jackson. Now Williams arrives to give them a deep, young core of corners along with James Bradberry.17. New York Giants (Jason): Daniel Jones, QB, DukeAnother ideal situation here — the Giants find a quarterback without having to move. Jones over Drew Lock is all about evaluation, of course, so either one could be the pick in this spot.18. Minnesota Vikings (Kris): Greg Little, OT, MississippiThe Vikings drafting an offensive lineman here seems like an inevitability. They grabbed Pittsburgh’s Brian O’Neill in round two last year, but Little represents another great option there, and he might be able to move to guard if O’Neill locks down the right tackle job.19. Tennessee Titans (Paul): N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona StateThe Titans added a slot receiver this offseason in Adam Humphries Davon House Jersey , but Harry gives them a special quality they don’t have on the boundary: ability to win 50/50 balls. They’re in an odd spot in the draft given their roster — an offensive lineman might make sense here as well.20. Pittsburgh Steelers (Owen): Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, S, FloridaPittsburgh’s secondary has been in pretty rough shape for a while, and despite some high draft picks there are still questions there. Gardner-Johnson could play a hybrid slot/safety role, which would be a great job of matching need to player here.21. Seattle Seahawks (Peter): Clelin Ferrell, EDGE, ClemsonFrank Clark is gone, headed to Kansas City via trade. Enter Ferrell to replace him in the lineup, 22. Baltimore Ravens (Mike): Garrett Bradbury, OL, NC StateBradbury is likely to be the first true interior lineman off the board, and he would be an immediate starter at center or left guard.23. Houston Texans (Jason): Jawaan Taylor, OT, FloridaThis is another place where offensive line seems to be a no-brainer. Taylor could actually be a candidate to start on either side of the line on day one.24. Oakland Raiders (Shawn): Byron Murphy, CB, WashingtonThe Raiders’ second of three picks bolsters their secondary after adding the top defensive lineman. If Jon Gruden wants to revamp his defense, this is a great way to go. Murphy has some concerns about his top-end speed — corners who run 4.55 don’t often get drafted in round one, but Murphy is an excellent prospect in every other way.25. Philadelphia Eagles (Paul): Christian Wilkins, DT, ClemsonThe Eagles just re-signed Timmy Jernigan to be their number three defensive tackle behind Fletcher Cox and new arrival Malik Jackson, but Wilkins is a best player available pick and gives the Eagles ridiculous depth at that position.26. Indianapolis Colts (Owen): Jeffrey Simmons, DT, Mississippi StateSimmons’ ACL tear will almost certainly make him fall quite a ways in this year’s draft, but how highly he goes may be even more dependent on interviews and seeing how he responds to questions about his violent incident in high school. If teams are okay with him off the field, expect him to come off the board late on day one.27. Oakland Raiders (Shawn): Drew Lock, QB, MissouriWith their third picks Dean Lowry Jersey , the Raiders still find a way to get their quarterback of the future here. It’s not crazy to think that they would move up to take Lock if he slips into the teens, but this would be a best-case scenario28. Los Angeles Chargers (Wendi): Andy Isabella, WR, MassachusettsIsabella has been a fast riser since the college football season ended, but his production and athleticism put him in day two category. Could a team make a little bit of an extra reach for him despite his 5-foot-9 frame? The Chargers could make some sense, since pairing him with a bigger possession receiver like Keenan Allen would be a nice combination.29. Seattle Seahawks (Jason): Deandre Baker, CB, GeorgiaMaybe the Seahawks take another first-round running back in Josh Jacobs; but in this case Jason has them going for secondary help after acquiring this pick from Kansas City in the Frank Clark trade. Baker might be an instant upgrade over second-year pro Trey Flowers, or else he could become the team’s slot corner while Flowers stays outside.30. Green Bay Packers (Peter): Noah Fant, TE, IowaFant’s athleticism should have Packers fans and NFL fans everywhere drooling. However, his skill set is similar to that of a young Jimmy Graham, though he’s probably more adept as a blocker than even Graham. Making this pick could very well be a sign that Graham would be heading out the door sometime on day two or three of the draft. And while Matt LaFleur doesn’t need a hyper-athletic tight end for his offense, I’m sure he and Nathaniel Hackett would be more than happy to find ways to use him.31. Los Angeles Rams (Shawn): Dalton Risner, OL, Kansas StateWith question marks at guard, the Rams probably have an immediate starter in Risner, who could give them a long-term force on the inside of the line.32. New England Patriots (Jon B): A.J. Brown, WR, MississippiBrown to New England seems to be gaining traction, as the big receiver is able to play in the slot or on the boundary — an essential quality for a Patriots wideout. Julian Edelman and Demaryius Thomas aren’t getting any younger, and Brown would be another big target over the middle to help make up for the loss of Rob Gronkowski’s production. Green Bay thought it had a one-year steal with the former New York Jet until injury struck."Over two weeks, Acme Packing Company will break down the Green Bay Packers’ 2018 roster position-by-position, providing our grades for each spot and looking ahead to free agency. Today, we continue with the defensive line.The defensive front appeared to be the Green Bay Packers’ biggest strength heading into the 2018 campaign. But, by the end of the season, the Packers’ line was just trying to get to the end of the 16-game schedule.Depth was tested significantly Kentrell Brice Jersey , with the Packers losing a stalwart in Mike Daniels in addition to its biggest offseason acquisition at the the position, Muhammad Wilkerson. But injury led to opportunity as Green Bay received contributions from former undrafted free agents Tyler Lancaster and Fadol Brown. Kenny Clark continued to ascend while Dean Lowry was once again a stable presence on one end of the line. However, the Packers will have some decisions to make regarding their defensive personnel, especially for two of its own free agents.Muhammad WilkersonNFL Experience: 8 yearsFA Status: UnrestrictedExpiring Contract: 1-year, $5 million with $1.5 million signing bonus2018 Stats: 3 games played, 3 games started; 5 total tacklesThe low-risk nature of the one-year deal with Wilkerson seemed like a bargain if the Packers could get the same player that was dominant at times within Defensive Coordinator Mike Pettine’s scheme in New York. The former Jet had had a monstrous 2015 season with 12 sacks but had declined steadily in his final two seasons in New York before arriving in Green Bay. The 2018 season was supposed to be a prove-it timeframe for Wilkerson to cash in on one more lucrative contract before turning 30 years old.Unfortunately for both Wilkerson and the Packers, the veteran was unable to overcome any of those doubts. His season was cut short after just three games, fracturing his ankle and landing on injured reserve. There was thought initially that the severe injury could be career-threatening, but Wilkerson should be back in action in 2019 and will once again be on the free agent market. When healthy, Wilkerson gave the Packers versatility along the defensive line.With Green Bay bringing Pettine back on Matt LaFleur’s staff, Wilkerson could be another one-year prospect for the Packers. The ankle injury should prevent Wilkerson from earning multi-year offers and may actually reduce his asking price on a single-year level. There have been no reports as of yet indicating which way Green Bay is leaning, but its early actions in free agency and the draft should provide a clearer sign of Wilkerson’s future in Titletown.Fadol BrownNFL Experience: 1 yearFA Status: Exclusive rights free agentExpiring Contract: 1-year, $480,0002018 Stats: 4 games played; 3 combined tackles, 2 quarterback hitsAfter appearing in eight games for the Oakland Raiders, Brown was signed in early December and gave the Packers depth along the line as a first-year player. He was one player that may have earned an opportunity for 2019 with his high effort, energy, and quickness off the snap. Brown showed signs of promise on a limited amount of snaps on defense and special teams, especially in a late-season game in Chicago.As an exclusive rights free agent, Brown may get a second shot with the Packers in training camp to fight for a final roster spot. Surely, he will face plenty of competition from new acquisitions and returners such as Lancaster. The decision on Wilkerson could also affect Brown’s chances. But regardless of his status in Green Bay, Brown’s flashes of potential should land himself on an NFL roster.

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