Many mock drafts have the Green Bay Packers drafting on the offensive side of the ball with their early picks. Whether that is an Offensive Tackle or a Wide Receiver, it is consistently an offensive player. Rodgers proved this season he doesn’t need a new target. MVS stepped into that role, and so did Robert Tonyan. What will truly help is adding to the Packers’ secondary.
The true issues that the Packers have is on the defensive side of the football. They solved the Mike Pettine mediocrity by bringing in the new coordinator, now they need a few improvements within the lineup to secure their defensive hold. Once Kevin King leaves this offseason, which sis likely what happens, Green Bay will need a corner opposite Jaire Alexander. They should fill that hole in the draft.
They have a few options.
Option 1: Draft the best available CB at pick 29, whether that is Caleb Farley from Virginia Tech falling to them, Jaycee Horn from South Carolina, or Tyson Campbell out of Georgia. Any of these three players will be an improvement, and can add some aggression and big play potential to this secondary that relies on takeaways to give the ball back to the legendary Aaron Rodgers.
Option 2: Trade up to ensure they get Farley or possibly steal Patrick Surtain out of Alabama. Brian Gutekunst has proven he will move up in the draft to select the player he wants, and with Rodgers proving he doesn’t need much help on offense, the Packers have some trade bait. Whether that would be Jordan Love, or another player.
Option 3: Package the 29th pick in a trade for a current proven cornerback. This does take some risk out of drafting a completely new player. While Jaire was a great hit for the Packers out of the draft, they have had some bad luck as well in the first two rounds. Take for example Damarious Randall, Kevin King, and Josh Jackson. None of these players lived up to their potential, so it could be the safe road to avoid making a fourth mistake.
Either way, it is evident by their play in the NFC Championship that the secondary needs help. They need to avoid giving up big plays, and force turnovers to give the ball back to Rodgers so he has more chances to score.——————
Kaleb is currently attending UW Green Bay pursuing an English degree. His lifelong goal is to one day work for ESPN. You can follow him on twitter at @kaleb_baumgart.