Green Bay Packers mock draft: Leo Chenal, LB, Wisconsin
While the Green Bay Packers are known for having and developing quality offensive linemen, the same can’t be said for the Packers linebacker position. In the past few years, the Packers have started the likes of Blake Martinez, Christian Kirksey, Krys Barnes, and Jake Ryan, all of which have been not the best linebackers, to say the least.
Green Bay somehow found a quality linebacker in De’Vondre Campbell, who had a career year last season with the Packers. Unfortunately for Packer fans, Campbell could be on his way out of Titletown, which will send the Packers back to square one.
In recent years, Wisconsin has started to produce some quality linebacking talent, and Leo Chenal is the next in line. The Wisconsin linebacker group has the nickname of Death Row, and that nickname is well earned for Chenal as he is a powerful linebacker. Despite being a linebacker, when Chenal is coming downhill, he can move offensive linemen backward. His power has translated to run defense as well as pass rushing.
Even if the Packers manage to figure out a way to bring Campbell back, Chenal would be an interesting fit in Green Bay. Green Bay likes to line up their linebackers and edge rushers all over the place, so bringing in a linebacker like Chenal, who gets after the QB from the inside and can cause some damage in the run game, would be a great boost for them.
Other Players Considered: Trey McBride, Jalen Wydermyer, Akayleb Evans
Packers mock draft: Akayleb Evans, CB, Missouri
I know that the Green Bay Packers have one of the better cornerbacks in the NFL in Jaire Alexander and one of the better young cornerbacks in Eric Stokes, but it can’t hurt to add more. It would also be smart for the Packers to bring in another cornerback as Kevin King is set to hit free agency, and after some not-so-good seasons in Green Bay, they will likely let him go.
One thing that the Packers will really like when it comes to Evans is his ability in man coverage and all of the zone coverage experience he’s had at Missouri. Evans has played underneath in zone coverages and has dropped back fully in typical Cover 3 calls. Evans has also shown some solid man coverage skills.
Evans isn’t great in either zone coverage or man coverage and will need some time to develop, but adding more cornerbacks to a roster is never a bad thing.
Other Players Considered: Mike Rose, Bo Melton, Brian Robinson Jr