The Green Bay Packers come into the 2017 NFL Draft with several needs, and the draft choices to only fill some of them. Ted Thompson traded down on several occasions earlier in his tenure as General Manager, and the depth of the 2017 NFL Draft offers him the chance to repeat history.
Here’s a look at a few possibilities for trade downs:
*Note: According to the NFL trade value chart the Packers 1st Round Pick (#29) is worth 640 points.
Pick 33 (2nd Rd. #1) – 580 points
Pick 108 (4th Rd. #1) – 78 points
If the Browns are looking to move up to draft a QB at the end of the 1st Round, the Packers pick could be a target. The Browns have plenty of picks to use to move around, and may be willing to pay the price to get their signal caller of the future.
The Packers would still be able to target a pass rusher or Cornerback at 33, and add the first pick of Saturday as well.
New York Jets
Pick 39 (2nd Rd. #7) – 510 points
Pick 107 (3rd Rd. #42) – 80 points
Pick 150 (5th Rd. #6) – 31.4 points
Pick 29 could be the target of any team trying to position themselves for a player at the end of the first round, but I am going to focus on teams in need of a Quarterback. If the Jets wanted to move up 11 spots, it would likely cost them their compensatory 3rd rounder and their 5th round pick.
The Packers could use those additional selections to draft another CB, pass rusher, RB, Guard, or use them to trade up in another round.
Pick 44 (2nd Rd. #12) – 460 points
Pick 75 (3rd Rd. #11) – 215 points
Dropping down to pick 44 is a risk because the Packers could miss out on the one impact player they might be targeting in the first round. However, this trade would allow Green Bay to pick four times in the first 93 picks. In a draft with this much depth, it would allow the Packers to fill several needs.
The 2017 Draft is one of the deepest drafts in recent history, and the deepest position groups are areas the Packers need help in. Adding selections would allow the Packers to address many of their weaknesses this offseason.Andrew Mertig is a a lifelong Packers fan and draft enthusiast. He has covered the NFL draft for radio and television stations in Green Bay. He is currently a host of the Pack-A-Day podcast and a writer for PackersTalk.com. You can follow him on Twitter @andrewmertig