Ever since general manager Brian Gutekunst took over for the Green Bay Packers, he has seemingly bucked a common trait of GB front offices – only trading back in drafts. But with his abilities to maneuver all over the board, it has given the Pack players like Jaire Alexander and Darnell Savage because of it.
This year’s draft likely will be no different, as Gutekunst has plenty of ammo to move all around the board as early as he would like to. With plenty of holes on this roster to address, he would be smart to make sure to go and get someone that he and the front office must have, especially with how the championship window is situated.
Outside of likely the top three selections, this draft could see a lot of movement in the first round, something that Green Bay would be smart to be a part of. Here are three likely targets for the Pack if they choose to move up in this year’s first round.
New York Giants
1st round selection – 11th overall
The first option here could be all the way up at 11th overall with the New York Giants, as they hold only six selections this year. Without a pick in either the fifth or seventh rounds and four of their first six selections inside the top 120, they may be interested in gaining Day 2/3 selections to add to their options.
The Giants are coming off a disappointing 6-10 season that saw star running back Saquon Barkley miss most of the season with an injury, and while they certainly could use an addition like LB Micah Parsons or WR Devonta Smith, they also could afford to move down, especially with how poor the entire NFC East division is.
If Green Bay wanted to swing for the fences and potentially catch a falling tackle (like Rashawn Slater), cornerback (like Jaycee Horn), or even a wideout (Smith or Jaylen Waddle), then this could be a potential high-priced spot.
Much like the Giants, the Arizona Cardinals only have six selections this year, not having a pick in either the third or fourth rounds. Having had a busy offseason that saw J.J. Watt and Rodney Hudson join Kyler Murray and company, they may be more apt to moving down in the draft to gain more draft capital.
At the mid-way point of the first round, Green Bay could potentially have its eyes on one of the better offensive tackle prospects (Samuel Cosmi, Christian Darrisaw, Teven Jenkins), an agile defender (Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah), or the top defensive tackle in the draft (Christian Barmore). AZ could be a safe landing spot for the Packers to move up to, and they could even decide to move down from here as well once in the spot if they were to get a good package.
The final option on this list is pick-deficient due to its offseason acquisition of QB Carson Wentz from the Philadelphia Eagles. Also only holding six picks, the Colts could look to address their third-round hole or even bring in future picks to help address the capital they sent out for Wentz.
At 21st overall, this obviously would be the smallest package of the three potential landing spots for GB, as moving up nine spots would not take all that much. Potentially coupling its 29th overall selection with one (or both) of its fourth-round selections would be able to do the trick, and it would help bring the Packers up into prime territory to potentially grab a WR if they want to be bold.
Any of Rashad Bateman, Rondale Moore, or even a sleeper like Elijah Moore or Terrace Marshall Jr. could potentially be in play if they are looking to go that route here – otherwise, OL (tackle or guard Alijah Vera-Tucker) or defensive backfield (CB Caleb Farley or S Trevon Moehrig) could be in play here as well.
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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