Green Bay Packers mock draft: Jake Ferguson, TE, Wisconsin
One position that the Packers have struggled with, not including linebacker, is the tight end position. Not since the likes of Jermichael Finley played for the Packers have they had a quality tight end. That was until the 2020 season when Robert Tonyan had a breakout season. 2021 wasn’t quite the same for Tonyan as he struggled to find the same success he had in 2020, and his season was cut short due to an ACL injury.
With Ferguson out, it was up to his fellow tight ends. The two tight ends who saw an increase in their snaps were Marcedes Lewis and Josiah Deguara. Lewis somehow turned back the clock and had a quality season, meanwhile, Deguara struggled.
While Lewis had a good season, he’s not getting any younger as he will be 38 years old when the 2022 season starts, and with Deguara struggling, it wouldn’t hurt to bring in some actual competition.
While at Wisconsin, Ferguson did two things that the Packers will love, those two things were playing in a run-heavy offense and using and being used in plenty of pre-snap adjustments. Ferguson isn’t the best run blocker in the world, but he has shown actual effort in blocking. Ferguson has also shown some receiving ability as he’s able to haul in the occasional tough catch.
Other Players Considered: Jelani Woods, Jack Sanborn, Smoke Monday
I know earlier on in this draft I had the Packers take Jahan Dotson in the 1st round, but with how weak this Packers wide receiver room is, it wouldn’t hurt for them to add another receiver to this group.
Turner, somewhat like Dotson, is a quality route runner. Not only does he have a fairly fleshed-out route tree, but he has shown the ability to find holes in the coverages of defenses, which will certainly earn the trust of Rodgers, especially when he flees the pocket. Turner has also shown some nice ball skills and the ability to track the ball down the field.
Also, somewhat like Dotson, Turner is on the thinner side of things and has some size problems. At the NFL Combine, Turner came in at 6’1 184 pounds. Turner’s lack of size comes up during game day as he can be pushed around by defenders, and he occasionally has struggled to get free when facing stiff coverage due to his less than ideal arm length.
Turner is a late-round pick and deserves to be because of his thinner stature, but he could end up turning into a quality pick, especially in this creative Packers offense.
Other Players Considered: Jaivon Heiligh, Grant Calcaterra, Andrew Stueber