Fresh options at OLB highlight recent mock drafts for Packers

Recent mock drafts from Lance Zierlein of NFL.com and Tony Pauline of Draft Analyst highlighted two more options the Green Bay Packers might consider at No. 29 overall in the 2017 NFL draft.

Released on Monday, Zierlein’s newest mock draft has the Packers taking Missouri edge rusher Charles Harris.

“I know Green Bay needs a cornerback, but they could also use a pass rusher, and this draft is fairly thin in that department,” Zierlein wrote. “Harris gives the Packers an outstanding athlete with loads of potential as a stand-up rusher.”

Pauline also dropped a new mock draft on Monday. His prediction for the Packers? Temple linebacker Haason Reddick.

“Cornerback is a definite consideration and as I said stated back on February 8, the team plans to draft corners early and often,” Pauline wrote. “That being the case, Reddick is too good to pass up as he’s a great pass rusher who is developing into a three-down linebacker.”

Harris and Reddick are uncommon names for the Packers at No. 29. While edge rusher is a very plausible option for Green Bay, the majority of national mock drafts have predicted general manager Ted Thompson taking an outside linebacker such as Wisconsin’s T.J. Watt or UCLA’s Takkarist McKinley.

Zierlein has compared Harris to Pro Bowl pass-rusher Connor Barwin. The Missouri star produced 30.5 tackles for losses and 16 sacks over his final two collegiate seasons. However, he lacks ideal length for the edge, and he tested poorly at the NFL combine.

Reddick has rarely been mocked to the Packers, mostly because few believe he’ll last that long. In fact, Zierlein has Reddick going No. 5 overall in his mock draft. With the rare ability to be a playmaker as both an inside linebacker and subpackage pass-rusher, Reddick would be a tempting option for the Packers if he fell all the way to No. 29.

Pauline’s mock draft also has the Packers taking Florida cornerback Quincy Wilson in the…

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