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 NFL.com, 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.