Moving to the defensive side of the ball, the Green Bay Packers need to, once again, utilize their strong player personnel department to unearth a few sleepers in the 2023 NFL Draft. While the offense will likely be a big-time focus for their draft class, it is the defense that has key areas in desperate need of depth.
Safety is the biggest area of need for Green Bay, with Adrian Amos still currently a free agent and Darnell Savage having too many moments of inconsistent play to trust as the top guy. Outside of safety, defensive tackle and edge rusher are both areas that GM Brian Gutekunst will likely target.
Here are a few sleeper options the Packers should look into for April’s draft.
DeMarcco Hellams (S)
Physicality and good run defense are the two traits that define Alabama safety DeMarcco Hellams, and he could be a Day 3 target for the Packers to add to their secondary room.
Overshadowed by likely first-round pick and fellow Alabama safety Brian Granch, Hellams has some good experience guarding the run down in the box but also has good tape playing the high safety role. Needing to improve his pursuit angles and get faster, Hellams wouldn’t be drafted to be a starter but would be an important backup option.
Nick Herbig (LB)
The Packers don’t have a very populous track record of drafting players from their own state, but Wisconsin’s Nick Herbig could be an exception to that. While Herbig is an undersized edge rusher, he absolutely has the motor and physicality to overcome bigger offensive linemen.
Herbig showed (in limited snaps) his pass-coverage abilities, deflecting three passes while showing a basic understanding of route trees and his responsibilities. If he can bulk up a bit while still keeping his strong pass-move options, then Herbig can be a solid Day 2 or 3 option for Green Bay.
Moro Ojomo (DT)
Even with having used a first-round selection on Devonte Wyatt last year, the Packers still need defensive tackle depth, which is where Moro Ojomo comes into play. While a bit on the smaller side weight-wise for a DT, Ojoro was elite guarding against the run in college.
Ojomo was utilized all over the Texas Longhorns’ defensive line, something that speaks to his fluidity and how he gets upfield. Athleticism is the name of the game, and Ojomo has it, so he looks like a perfect mid-draft DL option.
Daniel Scott (FS)
With speed and athleticism tests putting him near the top among all safeties, Cal’s Daniel Scott looks to have gotten himself into the late Day 2 conversation.
Scott’s 40-yard dash, vertical jump, and three-cone test results were all in the top five, and his coverage skills are strong. He looks to have the best sideline-to-sideline coverage skillsets in the entire draft, something that Green Bay desperately needs.뿓뿓뿓
Mike Johrendt has been an avid fan of the Packers ever since he can remember. He is now a writer at PackersTalk and you can follow him on Twitter at @MJohrendt23
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