The day is finally here. The day a lot of Packers fans have been waiting for since their week 13 collapse at the hands of Arizona Cardinals. Yes, we are talking about the NFL draft.
The only people that have any clue of what Green Bay will do in this year’s class are those at 1265 Lombardi Avenue. This will only be Brian Gutekunst’s second draft as general manager, therefore, there is virtually no track record for us to base any of our predictions.
A lot of people expect the Packers to take the best player available which is an easy case to make considering the depth at multiple positions. However, how they prioritize different positions could tell us something about the future of current players.
2019 will be the final contract year for a few of Green Bay’s starters including Bryan Bulaga, Mike Daniels, and Blake Martinez. Each of whom has had their successes with the team but in no way are indispensable. Daniels you could argue holds the most value, however, the rarity of the Packers handing out a third contract is a legitimate concern.
Next year will likely be an audition for Bulaga who just turned 30. He’s as solid as they come at right tackle but the guy can’t seem to stay healthy. Green Bay could easily take a prospect such as Jonah Williams or Andre Dillard to start grooming their next tackle to protect Aaron Rodgers.
Martinez faces an intriguing predicament. On one hand, he’s a reliable, sure-tackling field general but on the other, he leaves something to be desired in terms of playmaking. If the Packers select Devin Bush at 12th overall the writing could be on the wall for Martinez’s last year.
Geez, is it 8 p.m. yet?
___________________Brandon Carwile was a Cheesehead at birth. His dad grew up attending games at Lambeau and passed on the legacy. He has covered the Packers for over five years and currently works with packerstalk.com. Find him on twitter at @PackerScribe.