Packers Hit Defensive Home Run In New NFL Mock Draft

Kool-Aid McKinstry, Green Bay Packers
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Brian Gutekunst and the Green Bay Packers’ front office have a huge opportunity ahead of them this offseason. After a shocking and unexpected run to the Divisional Round of the NFL playoffs, the Packers are viewed as a sleeper Super Bowl contender next season. However, they’ll need to improve their roster in order to reach those expectations.

Throughout the course of the 2023 NFL season, there were noticeable holes that the Packers need to patch. Mostly, the issues were found on the defensive side of the football.

Green Bay has already addressed one of the issues. They decided to fire defensive coordinator Joe Barry to begin the offseason. While they haven’t decided who will replace Barry, they have interviewed some great candidates.

Another issue was in the defensive secondary. Jaire Alexander was unable to stay healthy and the same can be said for Eric Stokes. Adding a young cornerback in the 2024 NFL Draft could be a smart route to go.

In a new mock draft from CBS Sports, the Packers hit a home run with the No. 25 overall pick. They have Green Bay selecting Alabama standout Kool-Aid McKinstry.

“It was announced last week that defensive coordinator Joe Barry will not return to Green Bay. The Packers draft Kool-Aid McKinstry to compete with Carrington Valentine and create depth.”

McKinstry has shown the ability to play in both man and zone coverage. That trait is extremely valuable in the NFL. He is also good tackler and can support the run defense.

Standing in at 6-foot-1 and 195 pounds, McKinstry is a physical cornerback. He shows no fear and has the skills to make big-time plays.

Bleacher Report currently has the pro comparison for McKinstry listed as New Orleans Saints star Marshon Lattimore. That comparison is a great one for any young cornerback.

It will be interesting to see what route the Packers choose to go in the first round of the 2024 NFL Draft. Going after McKinstry would certainly be a good one.

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