GREEN BAY PACKERS NFL DRAFT PLAN OF ATTACK
WR, TE, DE, DT, OL
FREE AGENT ACQUISITIONS:
LB Christian Kirksey, WR Devin Funchess, TE Marcedes Lewis, OT Rick Wagner
FREE AGENT LOSSES:
WR Geronimo Allison, TE Jimmy Graham, OT Bryan Bulaga, OT Jared Veldheer, LB Blake Martinez, OLB Kyler Fackrell, CB Tramon Williams
ROUND 1 TARGETS:
DE A.J. Epenesa, WR Brandon Aiyuk, WR Tee Higgins, WR Jalen Reagor, DT Neville Gallimore, OT Austin Jackson, OT Josh Jones, OT Ezra Cleveland, OT Isaiah Wilson
ROUND 2 TARGETS:
OLB Julian Okwara, LB Willie Gay Jr., WR K.J. Hamler, WR Laviska Shenault Jr., WR Michael Pittman Jr., OT Prince Tega-Wanogho, OT Lucas Niang, TE Cole Kmet, S Ashtyn Davis
ROUND 3 TARGETS:
OLB Josh Uche, OLB Jabari Zuniga, LB Malik Harrison, WR Chase Claypool, WR Bryan Edwards, WR Van Jefferson, WR Devin Duvernay, TE Brycen Hopkins, TE Hunter Bryant, TE Adam Trautman, TE Albert Okwuegbunam, OT Ben Bartch, OT Matthew Peart, DT Leki Fotu, DT Jordan Elliot
PLAN OF ATTACK:
The Packers have a few routes they could take in the first round of the Draft this year but the smartest and best one for them would be to find a talented young receiver for Aaron Rodgers to throw to. They did bring in Devin Funchess and he’s fine for a short term fix, they need a guy who can be a long time partner in crime with Davante Adams. There could be a nice selection on the board. One option would be undersized, but speedy Jalen Reagor from TCU. He can take the top off a defense and has a pretty reliable set of mitts on him. There’s also Brandon Aiyuk from ASU. Aiyuk is a smooth route runner with sticky paws and underrated speed. He could catch a lot of balls for the Packers as a rookie. Another option is Colorado’s Laviska Shenault Jr. Shenault Jr. has a compact frame and looks more like a running back out there. He’s a talented pass catcher though with good top-end speed.
There’s a chance the Packers could surprise and grab an offensive tackle like Austin Jackson or Josh Jones. They could even take a defensive tackle like Neville Gallimore but a wide receiver just makes too much sense here.
In Round 2 the Packers could get a young offensive tackle to groom. They lost Bryan Bulaga in free agency but were able to replace him with Ricky Wagner. That was a solid move but the Pack have little behind him on the depth chart. A guy like Lucas Niang would make a lot of sense. He’s got impressive size standing 6’7 and nearly 330 pounds. He moves very well for being so big, and while his technique needs a little refining, he could be a long time starter for the Packers.
They could grab their defensive tackle in the second round. Some options would be Raekwon Davis, Justin Madubuike, or Marlon Davidson. The Packers could also double up on weapons for Aaron Rodgers and take Notre Dame tight end Cole Kmet. They have the ancient Marcedes Lewis topping the depth chart, and while they took Jake Sternberger in the draft last year, he hasn’t exactly exploded onto the scene. Kmet is an excellent receiver and a more than willing blocker. He could get onto the field early in his career.
In the third round the Packers could get that young defensive tackle for the middle of their line. A guy who would be a perfect fit would be Utah’s Leki Fotu. Fotu is a whopping 6’5 and 337 pounds. He has violent hands, and his motor doesn’t stop. He could play nose in the Packers 3-4 front and be a force against the run as well as creating that much-coveted interior pressure.
The Packers could also grab a tight end in the third round. Their tight end depth chart isn’t exactly intimidating and adding a guy like Bryce Hopkins, Hunter Bryant, or Adam Trautman, would greatly improve the depth and talent.
If the Packers haven’t grabbed a wide receiver by the start of the third round they could find solid options here. K.J. Hill, Collin Johnson, Bryan Edwards, and Tyler Johnson would all be players who could see significant snaps as a rookie.
Round 1: Brandon Aiyuk WR, ASU
Round 2: Lucas Niang OT, TCU
Round 3: Leki Fotu DT, Utah