For many fans, the NFL Draft is like Christmas. Your team gets to pick some fresh new faces that could be difference makers for many years to come. I tuck myself in to bed the night before the draft and fall asleep soundly while visions of future Hall of Famers for the Green Bay Packers fill my head. GM Brian Gutekunst transforms to “Santa Gute” and brings us all gifts in the form of new players to love. The goal this year was to get new starting QB Jordan Love some help in the draft. Now that it’s here and past, was Santa Gute good to Jordan Love this year?
Unlike the real Christmas, most would probably be very annoyed with snow on draft day. Being late April, everyone is done with winter and ready to get into the heat of summer. Luckily Brian Gutekunst didn’t leave Jordan Love out in the cold after drafting six potential offensive weapons. Three of which were selected in the top half of the draft.
On Friday, Jordan Love and Packers fans got to unwrap their gift of two promising tight ends and a playmaking wide receiver.
It started with the selection of Tight End Luke Musgrave from Oregon State in the second round at pick 42. Musgrave adds a big middle of the field target for Jordan Love. Musgrave is a very athletic tight end that has drawn comparisons to Philadelphia’s Dallas Goedert. He will undoubtedly be a good option for Green Bay’s new QB1.
After trading down twice in the second round to gain an extra 5th and 6th round pick, Santa Gute delivered WR Jayden Reed at pick number 50. That’s right, another second round Wide Receiver to add to the great list of players at the position to be picked by the Packers in that round. Reed was a bit of a surprise. But he comes out as a bit of a Swiss-army knife for the Packers as he can be used outside, inside, and as a returner.
I’d have to imagine given the Packers current receiver depth, that he’ll focus more on Offense than Special Teams, but I guess never say never. Rich Bisaccia could be eager to get ahold of him on returns. Nonetheless, another good gift for Jordan Love from Gute.
To wrap up Day 3 of the NFL Draft, Santa Gute delivered yet another Tight End, Tucker Kraft. Kraft is also a very well-rounded Tight End just like Luke Musgrave. He offers both a receiving threat and a good blocker up front in running situations.
Kraft has already endeared himself to the Packers faithful with his words following his draft selection and admitting he’d had a few drinks waiting for his name to be called. So, we’ll definitely call that a win for Santa Gute on the delivery.
Day 3 brought more gifts for Jordan Love as Wide Receiver Dontayvion Wicks was selected in the 5th round. Wicks has struggled a bit with drops but if he can get that together he has tremendous big play potential. Wicks could help stretch out the field once he hits his stride.
Lew Nichols III
We move to the seventh round with Running Back Lew Nichols III. Nichols could potentially be a dual threat running back if he develops. He has tackle-breaking ability to push for the extra yardage and is a good route runner out of the backfield. It may take a year or so, but Nichols could develop into a decent weapon.
Lastly, we have another seventh rounder in WR Grant DuBose. DuBose excels at winning contested catches but struggles a bit against press and tight coverage. He’s a very raw talent but with time and some good coaching, he could become a late-draft steal for the Packers.
So, was Santa Gute good to Jordan Love?
With all these Offensive gifts under the tree, Santa Gute was good to Jordan Love.
Love received three draft gifts that could quite possibly be Week 1 contributors. The Day 3 picks could have a shot at contributing this season but will likely be future help for number 10.
Perhaps the biggest gift of all for Jordan Love also spills over from last year. Jordan Love now has a core of weapons that could be at his disposal for at least the next 3-4 years. He will have the ability to grow alongside them.
I really like what I see from this draft. Santa Gute delivered, and I can’t wait to see the benefits.
Go Pack Go.
Greg Meinholz is a lifelong devoted Packer fan. A contributor to PackersTalk as well as CheeseheadTV. Follow him on Twitter at @gmeinholz. for Packers commentary, random humor, beer endorsements, and occasional Star Wars and Marvel ramblings.