The Green Bay Packers are in a unique position for this years NFL Draft. The Packers have 2 First Round picks (12 and 30) as well as two more picks in the top 75 (44 and 75). The Packers also have 2 Fourth (114 and 118), 1 Fifth (150), 2 Sixth (185 and 194) and a 7th Round pick (226). It’s quite possible Gutekunst may bundle some of those picks and trade up or down.
Let’s establish what needs the Packers may have, not that the Packers would agree with me. I would predict the Packers needs are DL/LB, S, OL, TE, WR. Of course some would have you think the Packers are in search of a QB, the next Favre or Rodgers. There’s a good chance there may not be another QB quite like what the Packers have enjoyed for the last thirty years. Maybe they don’t even need that kind of talent to succeed. Never forget the Super Bowl winning, mediocre QB Trent Dilfer. If the Packer’s do choose a QB, my favorite is Drew Lock, Missouri.
Players that may be available at pick 12, TE TJ Hockenson, Iowa, DE Ed Oliver, Houston, LB Devin Bush, Michigan, or DE Brian Burns, Florida State. Players who might be available at pick 30, TE Noah Fant, Iowa, S’s Nasir Adderley, Delaware, or Johnathan Abram, Mississippi State. At pick 44 the Packers may be able to choose from OL’s Andre Dillard, Washington State, Greg Little, Ole Miss, or TE Irv Smith Jr, Alabama. The Packers could find themselves looking at TE Jace Sternberger, Texas A&M, WR’s AJ Brown, Ole Miss, or Deebo Samuel, South Carolina, with pick 75. Choose any of these players with the first four picks and the Packers have would find immediate contributors.
In the fourth round the Packers have two picks, numbers 114 and 118. At this point the Packers should be looking to fill out the roster with quality players or BAP on the board. Two come immediately to mind, LB Bobby Okereke, Stanford, and OL Chuma Edoga, USC. With pick 150 the Packers should be looking at RB’s Benny Snell, Kentucky or Darrell Henderson, Memphis. With two picks in round six, 185 and 194, the Packers should go back to defense, possibly Chase Hansen, S/OLB Utah, Justin Clifton, S Arkansas State, or Lukas Denis, S/CB Boston College. The Packers final pick number 226, WR’s Jamarius Way, South Alabama, Lil’Jordan Humphrey, Texas or Preston Williams, Colorado State would be good here.
None of us know what’s going through the minds of Brian Gutekunst, Matt LaFleur or Mark Murphy, nor can we even guess. But try, we do, every writer, every fan, tries to guess correctly which direction the Packers may go in the 2019 draft. Researching is really the fun of it, reading about all these young men with hopes and dreams of playing in the NFL.
I for one can’t wait to see how this draft plays out. 2019 is a big season for the Packers. It could be one of the biggest turn-arounds we have seen. With a healthy Aaron Rodgers and a host of others returning from IR, this team could be very exciting. The addition of quality Free Agents, a top draft class, the Packers should see success once again.
As Always, Go Pack Go
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