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NFL Draft Needs: Packers

by Josh Norris
Updated On: April 11, 2019, 3:30 am ET

Evan Silva (@EvanSilva) is Rotoworld's Senior NFL Editor, and Josh Norris (@JoshNorris) is Rotoworld's lead Draft Analyst. Together, they're breaking down every team's biggest needs and offering potential solutions in April’s draft.

For a breakdown on every team, check out the team-by-team draft preview schedule.

Notable Pre-Draft Additions: OLB Za’Darius Smith, OLB Preston Smith, S Adrian Amos, OG Billy Turner.

Starting Offense

QB: Aaron Rodgers
RB: Aaron Jones
WR1: Davante Adams
WR2: Geronimo Allison
SLWR: Marquez Valdes-Scantling
TE: Jimmy Graham
LT: David Bakhtiari
LG: Lane Taylor
C: Corey Linsley
RG: Billy Turner
RT: Bryan Bulaga

Starting Defense

RE: Mike Daniels
LE: Dean Lowry
NT:  Kenny Clark
ROLB: Preston Smith
LOLB: Za’Darius Smith
ILB: Blake Martinez
ILB: Oren Burks
LCB: Kevin King
RCB: Jaire Alexander
SCB: Josh Jackson
FS: Josh Jones
SS: Adrian Amos

Team Needs

Silva's Analysis

Pass Catcher: Even as Equanimeous St. Brown, Valdez-Scantling and J’Mon Moore flashed promise as rookies, none carved out consistent chemistry with Rodgers. Allison is a replacement-level talent playing on a one-year deal coming off core muscle surgery. Graham’s tank is nearing E at age 32.

Offensive Line: There is an open competition at right guard, Taylor is coming off a poor year across from it, and Bulaga’s contract expires after this year. PFF charged Taylor with the NFL’s second-most sacks allowed among guards (8) last season. Green Bay finished second in the NFL in yards per carry (5.0) but struggled to protect Rodgers all year long. Only the Texans (62) and Cowboys (56) allowed more sacks than Green Bay (53).

Defensive Line: Green Bay’s Daniels-Lowry-Clark trio is as strong as any of the NFL’s 3-4 fronts, but depth is severely lacking behind the first team. Clark played the 11th-most snaps among interior defensive linemen last season, while Daniels has missed eight games over the past two years with foot, hip and hamstring injuries. Inside linebacker is another arguable Packers need with Martinez in his contract year and Burks an unproven commodity beside him.

 

Packers 2019 Draft Picks

Norris' Options

1 (12). TE T.J. Hockenson, Iowa - I’m having a difficult time pegging what the Packers might do. They’ve invested so much in the corner position recently. They seem content with their starting tackles. Would they be willing to take a receiver here? Another edge rusher after paying two in free agency? Complete tight ends are difficult to find, and Hockenson looks like one early in his career. I will continue to say that tight end can be one of the slower developing positions in the NFL, despite the immediate impact some have made lately.

1 (30). Acquired from Saints in Marcus Davenport trade - WR A.J. Brown, Ole Miss - Two skill positions in the first round for the Packers would add some real juice to the Packers Offense. This is conceivably their window to win, despite what previous records might tell you. Brown is often viewed as a slot receiver, but he also played outside down the stretch. MVS and ESB played well for third day pass catchers last season, yet those talents don’t prevent you from upgrading.

2 (44). iDL Trysten Hill, UCF - Despite making few collegiate starts, Hill is a really exciting player. There’s so much effort to his game, as he often chases down to finish plays outside of the box. Add on his 81st percentile athletic profile, and you have a player who could be a better pro than collegiate prospect. Plus, he reportedly visited Green Bay.

3 (75). OL Isaiah Prince, Ohio State - For years the Packers have shown a tendency to draft tackles and move them inside to guard. Prince played a lot of right tackle in college and is at his best when using his length.

4 (114). S Sheldrick Redwine, Miami - I think the Packers have missed a Micah Hyde-type player since the hybrid safety left in free agency. This is a very talented safety class at the top, but Redwine might surprise in the middle rounds.

4 (118). Acquired from Redskins for Ha Ha Clinton-Dix - EDGE Jalen Jelks, Oregon - I could be off on this and Jelks could be off the board a round earlier. The Packers certainly invested heavily on the edge in free agency, but don’t be surprised if it is still a target spot in the draft.

5 (150). CB Donnie Lewis Jr., Tulane - A player who visited Green Bay this week. Has experience on the outside, inside and even at safety. Plenty of teams have been displaying interest in Lewis over the last few weeks.

6 (185). LB Kaden Elliss, Idaho - Another Green Bay visit. The linebacker class has some really talented athletes on Day 3, and Elliss posted a 6.49 3-cone and has an NFL pedigree.

6 (194). Acquired from Seahawks for Brett Hundley - TE Andrew Beck, Texas - Another Green Bay visit. Beck is a superb athlete, and it wouldn’t be a shock to see the Packers double up at the position.

7 (226). RB Ty Johnson, Maryland - Big play threat at the running back position when afforded space.

Josh Norris
Josh Norris is an NFL Draft Analyst for Rotoworld and contributed to the Rams scouting department during training camp of 2010 and the 2011 NFL Draft. He can be found on Twitter .