Packers get Notre Dame TE Michael Mayer in another pre-combine mock draft

A clear favorite has emerged for the Green Bay Packers in national mock drafts since the end of the regular season: Notre Dame tight end Michael Mayer.

Another mock draft, this one from Eric Edholm of, sent Mayer to the Packers at No. 15 overall in the first round.

From Edholm: “This might be early for Mayer, who isn’t every team’s top-rated tight end.

But he’s rock solid across the board and would give Green Bay a quality middle-of-the-field pass catcher, which is a need.”

The fit is boringly easy. The Packers desperately need help at tight end,

 especially given the contract statuses of Robert Tonyan and Marcedes Lewis, and Mayer appears to be a first-round talent.

Position need plus perceived talent/value equals a common mock draft pairing.

Regardless of who is playing quarterback next season in Green Bay,

 getting better play from the tight end position could provide a big boost on offense.