On the Pack's Schedule and the First Round

With the draft fast approaching, I'd figured I'd stop by and provide my obligatory guess on what might go down in Round 1. But first, some thoughts on the Pack's 2017 schedule.

This one's a lot less than funky than last year's, with some quirks. The Packers will play at 3:25 three times in the first five weeks, and then not again all season. They don't have a noon start until week 6 at Minnesota. They close with four of six on the road and as usual, have five prime time games, three at home.

Let's break it down as things stand right now.

The schedule is toughest on paper early, with games against the three other prime NFC contenders in the first five weeks. If the Pack goes 1-2 against Seattle, Atlanta and Dallas, they'll likely take care of the Bears and Bengals at home. That puts them at 3-2 and probably trailing the Vikes early on, prompting plenty of chatter from our Purple-loving friends, most of whom will have no recollection of how last year went down.

The Pack will get some US Bank revenge in week 6 and will head home to take care of AP and the Saints as they head into the bye at 5-2.

The schedule softens a bit after the bye, with a Monday night home game against the Lions and a trip to our home away from home, Soldier Field. Then the Ravens come to town. The Pack will be strong favorites in all three games: 8-2. Then comes a Sunday night game at Pittsburgh and the Packers drop their third game of the season. 8-3 heading into December.

The Packers will likely be favored in all of the remaining games, but will drop one (maybe two) of them, probably in Carolina. They should handle Tampa Bay at home and Cleveland on the road. A loss in Carolina would drop them to 10-4, but the prime time home game against the Vikes will be a win. That brings us to the finale in Detroit. You never know what the motivations will be on this day, but I'll begrudgingly give it to the Lions. The Pack finishes at 11-5, good enough to win the North. Good enough for a top 2 seed? Let's hope so.

First Round Mock

1. Cleveland--Miles Garrett, DE/OLB, Texas A&M

2. San Francisco--Solomon Thomas, DL, Stanford

3. Chicago--Jamal Adams, S, LSU

4. Jacksonville--Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU

5. Cleveland (trade)--Mitchell Trubisky, QB, UNC

6. N.Y. Jets--Deshawn Watson, QB, Clemson

7. San Diego--Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio St.

8. Carolina--Christian McCaffrey, RB/WR, Stanford

9. Cincinnati--Jonathan Allen, DL, Alabama

10. Buffalo--OJ Howard, TE, Alabama

11. New Orleans--Malik Hooker, S, Ohio St.

12. Tennessee (from Cleveland)--M. Williams, WR, Clemson

13. Arizona--Patrick Mahomes, QB, Texas Tech

14. Philadelphia--Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio State

15. Indianapolis--Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama

16. Baltimore--Corey Davis, RB, W. Michigan

17. Washington--Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee

18. Tennessee--Tre'Davious White, CB, LSU

19. Tampa Bay--John Ross, WR, Washington

20. Denver--Ryan Ramczyk, T, Wisconsin

21. Detroit--Hassan Reddick, LB, Temple

22. Miami--Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama

23. N.Y. Giants--Cam Robinson, T, Alabama

24. Oakland--David Njoku, TE, Miami

25. Houston--Kevin King, CB, Washington

26. Seattle--Takkarist McKinley, LB, UCLA

27. Kansas City--Jarrad Davis, LB, Florida

28. Dallas--Charles Harris, LB, Missouri

29. Packers--T.J. Watt, LB, Wisconsin (Ooh, Dalvin Cook is still on the board, Should the Pack take him, despite the injury and off field concerns? The dude is electric).

30. Pittsburgh--Jabrill Peppers, S/LB, Michigan

31. Atlanta--Forrest Lamp, G, W. Kentucky

32. New Orleans--Adoree Jackson, CB, Colorado


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