Three Long-Term Needs the Packers Need to Address in the 2022 NFL Draft

 

The Green Bay Packers enter the 2022 NFL Draft with four of the first 59 picks and few areas of immediate need. The biggest and most obvious area of need is at wide receiver since both Davante Adams and Marquez Valdes-Scantling won’t be returning to the Packers.

One thing we have noticed about GM Brian Gutekunst is that he often drafts players to fill positional needs he projects a year or two in the future. This is not uncommon on a team that has won 13 games for three straight seasons.

For example, the Packers drafted A.J. Dillon despite not having an immediate need at running back but with the knowledge that both Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams were going to be unrestricted free agents after the 2020 season.

Even Jordan Love was drafted with an eye towards the future. Nobody expected Love to start right away but because Aaron Rodgers was getting older, Gutekunst decided the time to select and train his successor had arrived.

Here is a look at three position groups that Packers don’t have an immediate need for starters at, but certainly need to select players who could be ready to take over in a year or two because of the possible departure of the starters there now:

Safety

The Packers have two talented starters in Adrian Amos and Darnell Savage. In the second half of the 2020 season, they may have been the best duo in the league.

But there are two issues at this position. There isn’t much depth since the Packers opted not to give a qualifying offer to last year’s backup, Henry Black.

The future is also uncertain. The 2022 season is the last on Amos’ current contract and he will be 30 next offseason. The Packers may or may not sign the former Penn State star to another contract to keep him in Green Bay.

Meanwhile, Savage is in the final year of his entry-level deal. Because he was a first-round draft choice, the Packers hold a fifth-year option on Savage but we don’t know if they’ll exercise it. Even if they do, they will need to sign Savage to a new contract after the 2023 season for him to remain with the Pack.

With both starters facing questions beyond this coming season, selecting a safety who can provide depth immediately and take over as a starter in a year or two is a definite need.

Tight End

The Packers appear set here for this season with the top three players at this position all returning in Robert Tonyan, Marcedes Lewis and Josiah Deguara. Depth is also available with Dominique Dafney and Tyler Davis returning for training camp.

But there is no long-term certainty here. Tonyan is coming off a serious knee injury and only signed a one-year contract. We do not know if he will be back in Green Bay beyond this season or even how he will play this year coming off his injury.

Lewis is still a good blocking tight end, but he’s also going to turn 38 next month and any season could be his last. The Packers cannot count on Lewis returning beyond the coming season.

Deguara is entering his third season in the league. He has yet to establish himself as the team’s top receiving tight end although he may still do that if he takes another step forward this year.

While things seem set for 2022, the future at this position is full of questions. Knowing how much coach Matt LaFleur likes to involve his tight ends in different roles in the offense, it would make sense for Gutekunst to add a player here this season.

Edge Rusher

The Packers top two edge rushers from 2021 are back with Preston Smith and Rashan Gary set to return. The departure of Za’Darius Smith leaves the Packers thin at this position depth-wise so there is a short-term need here.

Longer term, Preston Smith will turn 30 during the coming season. While he signed a deal that could keep him in Green Bay through 2026, cap considerations and declining production could end it sooner.

Gary is in the final year of his rookie contract and the Packers. The team could extend him one year using the fifth-year option but as of right now, his future in Green Bay is not assured beyond 2022 or 2023.

Like safety, the Packers need to add someone who could be the top backup this season and be ready to take on a more significant role or even start in 2023 or 2024.

The Packers don’t need immediate starters at any of these positions, but they are areas of need that the team needs to fill with an eye towards the future. Look for the team to address them all in this year’s draft.

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beerandbrats's picture

April 09, 2022 at 12:54 pm

Good article Gil. We all know that a stud rookie receiver is a priority but I would also like the Packers to use one of their top 4 picks to draft the best pass catching tight end in this draft. A big pass catching body who can open up the middle of the field consistently. Something we've been missing since Finley. The Packers have many needs but a stud tight end could prove to be a very valuable investment, particularly when we need pass catchers!

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cheesehead1's picture

April 09, 2022 at 03:57 pm

Agree we could use a good TE. We don’t know how well Tonyan will come back, hopefully plays as well before his injury. I don’t get all the kudos for J. Finley. Although a very good athlete, IMO he had poor hands to go along with his poor attitude.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

April 10, 2022 at 03:53 am

I'd love to have a TE who is a good blocker and a monster as a receiver.

That said, the history of drafting TEs high is horrible. The value of TEs does not decline much when they are taken in the 2nd and 3rd rounds. If the draftniks are right, this isn't a good draft for high-end TEs, but there might be some value in rounds 3 and 4, with some blocking guys later.

Regardless, as a general principle, it might be better to just buy TEs in free agency. True, the great ones never seem to reach free agency. But some of the pass catchers do, such as Ebron and those types.

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greengold's picture

April 11, 2022 at 12:53 pm

Yup. This is just not the year for that top flight TE group. Same with QB. None of them are deserving of R1 grades, both position groups combined. Unreal.

However, if the top priority is getting starter level receiving targets, there are about 4 or 5 you could spend half of a season working in as nothing more than an F-TE to make receptions.

One kid from my notes who I am intrigued about, if his concussion history is cleared by Packers medical staff:

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TE Grant Calcuterra - SMU
6-5 243 4.62 hands 10” arms 33”

FAST. LOVES TO BLOCK. +++ HANDS +++
Great in-line TE, effective blocker of DEs before route with bend/punch. Willing to attack larger defenders with aggressive explosion and pop.

Best BALL SKILLS in TE class.

ENERGY. CHAIN MOVER. RED ZONE SCORER. Might be the best TE overall in class. Acrobatic catches. Sneaky speed deep & short w great footwork.

Needs strength/sand in the pants.
38 REC 63 TGTS 465 YDS 12.2 YPR 4 TDs 60c%

Should be used as a Big Slot receiver early.
*** concussions x 2 2018
Late Day 3/UDFA

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ACTUALLY TGR, I think the guy you might be looking for is:

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TE Charlie Kolar - Iowa St.
6-6 252 4.67 6.98 3-Cone 34 1/2” arms

Massive TE with insane gifts. Been one of the Top 10 TE producers over 3 year span. Reliable AF with just 5 drops in 256 TGTS. A natural finding spots in zone, also good v. man coverage.

Needs blocking work - like most!

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GilMartin's picture

April 10, 2022 at 12:38 pm

Thanks, packmann, glad you enjoyed the article. TE is definitely a need but it just becomes a question of finding the right fit at the right spot in the draft. I'm thinking one of team's 3 day two picks will be used on a TE but we'll see what Gute does.

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Leatherhead's picture

April 09, 2022 at 01:07 pm

#1. Protecting the QB. Build the strongest, deepest, offensive line in the league.

#2. Provide some skill position players to help get the ball into the endzone.

#3. Get guys who can cover and tackle.

I love good defense, but if we're going all in with a $50 million QB, then we should do as much as possible to ensure that the 20 offensive players that suit up with him can get the job done.

I could see 3 WRs, two TEs, two OL taken with our first 7 picks. All offense.

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BirdDogUni's picture

April 09, 2022 at 02:30 pm

Leaving S, DL, OLBer, and ILBer or CB picks for the defense. (If Gutey doesn't trade away a bunch of picks.)

22: R1 P22 DL Jordan Davis - Georgia - Monster Defensive Lineman.
28: R1 P28 WR Jameson Williams - Alabama - Best WR in the draft - Period.
53: R2 P21 WR Christian Watson - North Dakota State - Height, Weight, Speed Guy.
59: R2 P27 TE Jelani Woods - Virginia - TE of possibly the Century if he develops.
92: R3 P28 LB Leo Chenal - Wisconsin - Wicked versatile LBer of the future.
132: R4 P27 WR Velus Jones - Tennessee - Returner and fast as %.
140: R4 P35 WR Danny Gray - SMU - WR - Fast as %.
171: R5 P28 OT Vederian Lowe - Illinois - Decent OT prospect.
228: R7 P7 EDGE Jeffrey Gunter - Coastal Carolina - Developmental Edge.
249: R7 P28 S Sterling Weatherford - Miami (Ohio) - Huge Safety.
258: R7 P37 CB Kalon Barnes - Baylor - Fastest CB on the planet.

I kind of like this draft. 4 WRs, 1 TE, 1 OT, 1 DL, 1 ILBer, 1 OLBer, 1 S, 1 CB. Speed, Speed, and more Speed.

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packerbackerjim's picture

April 09, 2022 at 03:18 pm

I don’t there are enough novenas to pull off that miraculous draft.

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stockholder's picture

April 09, 2022 at 01:07 pm

Extend Gary. Franchise Alexander. Don't draft the OL. No Matter how much you want to. Edge /WR/ DL are the needs. But boy would Hill look good in the slot if not FS. As for King, I mean Savage. Move along. Don't extend him. Bottom Line. Go for the Best. Forget the cupboard.

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jannes bjornson's picture

April 09, 2022 at 03:13 pm

I agree on Savage, but they will need to add an OT with one of the twos. They can get defensive depth for the EDGE and CB from a couple veteran free agents.

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stockholder's picture

April 10, 2022 at 01:51 pm

add it later in the draft. They'll find someone. TT did.

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jannes bjornson's picture

April 10, 2022 at 02:04 pm

Starting RT, get one just like Bulaga. The musical chairs up front is not in the best interests of this team winning the Big Game. If Bhaktiari waited for his senior year to come out he would have been a one pick. Talent has to be at the corners of the O line, not scrubs.

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greengold's picture

April 11, 2022 at 08:39 am

I’m confident Abraham Lucas would be a very smart pick there…

22 WR Chris Olave
28 WR Velus Jones
53 WR Alec Pierce
59 OT Abraham Lucas
93 LB Channing Tindall
132 EDGE Sam Williams
140 S Kerby Joseph
171 EDGE DeAngelo Malone
228 OT Kellen Diesch
249 OT Dare Rosenthal
258 WR Deven Thornton

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Grandfathered's picture

April 09, 2022 at 09:11 pm

If Hill were there at 22... I'd take him

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jannes bjornson's picture

April 10, 2022 at 10:45 am

I would prefer Brisker around #28-30.

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stockholder's picture

April 10, 2022 at 02:00 pm

Hill going to be a good player. He's got make-up speed. But I believe we can solve the safety problem by moving someone already on the team. Remember Butler? And Gutey likes to draft CBs.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

April 10, 2022 at 04:05 am

Don't extend Gary. It can't be done now without significantly increasing his cap for 2022. He is locked up for 2022 and 2023 (when they exercise his 5th year option). Okay to extend Gary after the 2022 season. [Gary might become a monster, and consequently extremely expensive. If that is your rationale, then that's fair. I think he is already expensive, but two full seasons is a long time in the Not-For-Long league, so I'd wait one of those two years.]

Extend Alexander, don't plan on franchising him. GB needs the cap space, and it just makes sense. GB only gets one franchise tag, which I would keep available for Jenkins. CB is $19M and OL is $17M or so. Both players are worth that money anyway, with Jaire worth more than the tag.

Exercise the 5th year option on Savage. Not a strong opinion. His cap should be $8.7M, about 20th in 2022, but it should be 25th to 30th in 2023 when he plays on it. Savage is worth low-end starter money at his current level of play, if only barely, and there is the chance that he develops.

No opinion on the OL. Not our biggest need, so he'd have to be a great prospect, whoever he is.

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jannes bjornson's picture

April 10, 2022 at 10:51 am

He should be the OT drafted to either start at the RT or fill for Bhaktiari when he is injured. The Nijman experiment is over. Jenkins will not be ready until November. The Fans should recall the ineffectiveness of the
O line and second-tier depth exhibited during the past Two fails to move forward to the SB from Home Field Advantage 2020-21.

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stockholder's picture

April 10, 2022 at 01:56 pm

If Rodgers retires and this team starts losing. You'll see guys wanting out. Signing him now saves money, Time, and ends any questions. If they decide to keep savage. It puts pressure on Gary. If not others. Causing more holes. savage has back problems.

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packerbackerjim's picture

April 09, 2022 at 01:15 pm

It’s difficult to know how MLF and Gute view their needs, from what may be dire to a positional depth concern. With that caveat, I can see the following:

First round a WR and an EDGE, or vice versa.
Second round, IDL and a Safety, or vice versa.
Third round, TE or CB
Fourth round, the position that didn’t get picked in the third. Comp pick a WR
Subsequent rounds, ST contributors who also add depth, if need be.

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packerbackerjim's picture

April 09, 2022 at 01:19 pm

The first round should have said WR and OT depending on how it plays out. Unless an EDGE they deem impossible to not draft. Sorry for my confusion.

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PeteK's picture

April 09, 2022 at 02:11 pm

IMO OT/edge or DT whoever falls to us, in the top 4 picks. Protect and sack the QB is the name of the game in today's NFL.

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BirdDogUni's picture

April 09, 2022 at 02:48 pm

It always has been the name of the game.

Games are won and lost in the trenches.

Sometimes I think Gutey forgets that and then he surprises me with the Reed signing. Guess we'll see what his strategy is if he drafts OT, DL, OLBer high?

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Gman1976's picture

April 09, 2022 at 03:42 pm

The last 2 NFC championship games were lost simply because we could not protect the QB with our tackles. Unfortunately, our coach replaced Nijman with Turner even though Nijman had done a good job throughout the season, and our tackle play on both ends was subpar. We need a wideout, but we need at least one good tackle coming from the 1st four picks.

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croatpackfan's picture

April 09, 2022 at 04:12 pm

Please, stop with the excuses for the lost. The loss is on AR, not on anyone else...

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LLCHESTY's picture

April 09, 2022 at 05:58 pm

So Drayton just gets a free pass in your eyes? And LaFleur for sticking with him for so long?

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croatpackfan's picture

April 11, 2022 at 08:12 am

As I wrote earlier, ST debacle will never occur if Diva did not execute 3 and out inside 15 yards of end zone...

If Diva saw or if he was willing to throw to open WRs instead of to triple cover Davante, missed FG would be forgotten...

It is never one unit that bringing you to loss. But one person can be and we all knows that Diva believes he is unmistakable, so he is not following the best for the team, but what will be the best to justify his moves...

You may disagree as much as you wish, but 11 years talks hard about him. Finally he showed what he is at the draft day last 2021 season and many times later...

The best part of his displeasure is that he was afraid that young boy will take the QB job from him. That shows me how deeply he is insecure in himself and his abilities.

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Packer_Fan's picture

April 09, 2022 at 02:19 pm

You missed DL.

In rounds 1 and 2, they need to pick a WR, DL, EDGE and ILB. In rounds 3and 4, pick WR, S and TE. Then CB, OL and fill in the balance.

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BirdDogUni's picture

April 09, 2022 at 03:12 pm

Something like this maybe? ; )

22: R1 P22 WR Garrett Wilson - Ohio State
28: R1 P28 DL Devonte Wyatt - Georgia
53: R2 P21 EDGE Boye Mafe - Minnesota
59: R2 P27 WR George Pickens - Georgia
92: R3 P28 TE Jelani Woods - Virginia
132: R4 P27 S Smoke Monday - Auburn
140: R4 P35 OT Zach Tom - Wake Forest
171: R5 P28 WR Tyquan Thornton - Baylor
228: R7 P7 WR Danny Gray - SMU
249: R7 P28 OT Ryan Van Demark - UConn
258: R7 P37 OT Bamidele Olaseni - Utah

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greengold's picture

April 09, 2022 at 04:47 pm

I disagree just at ILB.

Believe me, I love great LB play. Ray Wilborn is not a household name, but I think he will be at some point. He’d be great next to Campbell, and is the prototype everyone looks for. Great coverage, great tackling, size, length, speed.

Would love Troy Andersen in the mix, if we do draft one.

Having the guys up front to keep them clean is more important.

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jannes bjornson's picture

April 10, 2022 at 10:56 am

Wilborn should have supplanted Summers last season. He was around the ball, not running with a play fake, or losing his contain and violating lane integrity on the kicking units.

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BirdDogUni's picture

April 09, 2022 at 04:07 pm

If it was only that easy to trade down for picks. ; )

Round 1 Pick 28: Jameson Williams, WR, Alabama
Round 2 Pick 1 (JAX): Devin Lloyd, ILB/OLB, Utah
Round 2 Pick 22: Bernhard Raimann, OT, Central Michigan
Round 2 Pick 25 (BUF): Sam Williams, DE/OLB, Ole Miss
Round 2 Pick 27 (T.B.): Christian Watson, WR, North Dakota State
Round 2 Pick 28: Jaquan Brisker, FS/SS, Penn State
Round 2 Pick 31 (CINN): Devonte Wyatt, DT, Georgia
Round 3 Pick 6 (JAX): George Pickens, WR, Georgia
Round 3 Pick 28: Tariq Castro-Fields, CB, Penn State
Round 4 Pick 28: Leo Chenal, ILB/OLB, Wisconsin
Round 4 Pick 35 (COMP): Khalil Shakir, WR, Boise State
Round 5 Pick 28: Troy Andersen, ILB/OLB, Montana State
Round 7 Pick 7: Grant Calcaterra, TE, SMU
Round 7 Pick 28: Pierre Strong Jr., RB, South Dakota State
Round 7 Pick 37 (COMP): Jordan Stout, P, Penn State

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LambeauPlain's picture

April 09, 2022 at 04:29 pm

Getting over 25% of the roster on rookie deals...virtually all will make the 53 with an initial view...would be a draft for the ages. All needs with quality depth to boot. That dog hunts, Bird.

How did you get to 15 picks, where did you trade down?

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BirdDogUni's picture

April 09, 2022 at 09:44 pm

I traded down with the 22nd pick 4 different times, adding a second round pick each time and a 3rd round pick once. (Lol)

Like I said, if it was only that easy. ; )

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Brew00's picture

April 09, 2022 at 04:47 pm

No explanation of the trades made to make this happen. I like it but doubt you would be able to pull this off.

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BirdDogUni's picture

April 09, 2022 at 09:54 pm

I traded the 22 pick with Buffalo for 25 and 25 in the 2nd round. Then I traded the 25th pick with TB for 27 and 27th pick in the 2nd round, then I traded 27 with CINN for 31 and 31 in the second. Turned around and traded 31 with JAX for the 1st pick in the 2nd round and the 6th pick in the 3rd round.

Easy peasy... Lol

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stockholder's picture

April 09, 2022 at 05:52 pm

Williams , Burks, and Olave will all be gone by @22. Saints and Patriots now bringing them in. And McShay says Watson KC. @22 Rd 1 just to high for Pickens. Considered the Boom or Bust.

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jannes bjornson's picture

April 10, 2022 at 11:15 am

Take the Daily Double. NOLA moving up to #16 may be for a QB, but I doubt it. I like the move to #21 from #28 and hit on a couple playmakers from the WR position. Go heavy in the second round for the DT and OT, or a guy like Moore. The Packer Way is following wagon rutted trails instead of the autobahn.

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greengold's picture

April 10, 2022 at 11:44 am

I want what you’re smoking, BIRD. That’s gotta be some shizzle.

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greengold's picture

April 09, 2022 at 04:58 pm

This oughtta do ‘er:

22 DT Devonte Wyatt
28 WR Velus Jones
53 EDGE Cam Thomas
59 WR Jalen Tolbert
93 CB Zyon McCollum
132 TE Chig Okwonko
140 S Kerby Joesph
171 OT Kellen Diesch
228 OT Nick Zakelj
249 WR Deven Thompkins
258 DE Zach Vanvalkenburg

I’d flip if the Packers could make this happen. Loaded with talent where we need it. Every single one of them dynamic playmakers, and SUPER tough and competitive. Jordan Love’s former Utah State teammate, Deven Thompkins ? If you don’t know him, maybe have a look at that tough little baller. Wow.

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BirdDogUni's picture

April 09, 2022 at 04:43 pm

PFN - No way the draft goes down like this, but this would be wicked if it did.

22. George Karlaftis EDGE Purdue
28. Devin Lloyd LB Utah
53. Devonte Wyatt DT Georgia
59. Christian Watson WR North Dakota State
92. Jelani Woods TE Virginia
132. James Cook RB Georgia
140. Alex Wright EDGE UAB
171. Velus Jones Jr. WR Tennessee
228. Bo Melton WR Rutgers
249. Ryan Van Demark OT Connecticut
258. Noah Elliss DT Idaho

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ReaganRulz's picture

April 09, 2022 at 05:30 pm

While I do enjoy the chatter on the mock drafts, it sucks when you see another team grab some of these guys in the 2nd and 3rd rounds that are often mentioned on this site. Like Watson. Almost everybody seems to love him and is listed on virtually everybody’s mock. But guaranteed, some blanking team is gonna snag him before us and it’s such a frick’n bummer. Let’s hope that I’m wrong. GPG!!

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BigDGAWI's picture

April 09, 2022 at 05:36 pm

Christian Watson scares me. Athletic freak but he has the highest drop rate (by far) of any of the major wr’s

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stockholder's picture

April 09, 2022 at 05:54 pm

He only had 2 last year. The percentage is based on his college career.

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gsd3's picture

April 10, 2022 at 10:24 am

Will never be able to take care of everything in one draft. Immediate need - WR. Pressing need - Safety, Edge, ST, TE. Depth / Upgrade - LB
Did a mock draft simulator. Results below.
22. Treylon Burks WR
28. Devonte Wyatt DT
53. Sam Williams Edge
59. Jaylen Tolbert WR
92. Jelani Woods TE
132. Tyquan Thornton WR
140. Tycen Anderson S
171. Zach Tom OL
228. D'Marco Jackson LB
249. Juneqah Thomas S
258. Tresten Ebner RB

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KnockTheSnotOutOfYou's picture

April 11, 2022 at 12:23 pm

The more time I keep spending on potential draft choices leading up to the draft for the GBP's I have come up with the following conclusions even though I support whatever Gutey decides to do. The following is without question what I would do if I was the GM.

1. I would not draft a WR in round 1 with the exception should Jameson Williams fall to them (I have changed my mind from previous and would not trade up for him). Way too many promising WR's available in rounds 2 thru 4. The Packers have bigger needs for quality big bodies that will not be available after round 1. My sincere hope is Gutey drafts talented big men in round 1 with both selections and possibly even with the #53 pick.
2. In my mind the biggest priority in rounds 1 based on what players will be there is for the Packers to draft are dominating day 1 starting OT, Edge, or DL (not as big a priority but I'd love top talent next to Clark). I consistently see the following guys available in all my mock draft simulators (as I now use like 4 draft simulators) and I always take these players. OT it is either Trevor Penning, or Barnhard Raimann. At Edge rusher it is David Ojabo, and at DL it usually is Devontae Wyatt, but occasionally Jordan Davis. If any of these guys were available I'd snap up two of them in round 1 without hesitation. I probably would not draft a WR in round 1.
3. In round 2 (I know there is a good chance of a trade here) I would focus on picking up the top rated player that was not drafted at one of the three aforementioned positions in round 1 with the 53 pick. As an example, I love Nik Bonito as an Edge rusher and would seriously consider him with the #53 pick even if I had selected Ojabo with the #28. I would also somewhere in round 2 draft my first WR with one of the two selections.

Edge Position:
Two players that are really jumping off the TV screen for me are David Ojabo at Edge, and Nik Bonito at Edge. Holy cow these guys are studs. Not impressed with George Karlaftis as he seems stiff and unable to bend well. Also, he lacks speed! Completely reminds me of the disappointing Nick Perry first round pick of the Packers in 2012. For any of you who remember Perry, Karlaftis is the 2nd coming talent wise. Mainly power and that is not going to give you consistent wins in the NFL. Jermaine Johnson is okay at Edge but lacks bulk and power and liability in setting the edge against the run. I see him as maybe a 59th selection type. I would definitely draft the injured Ojabo as this guy is truly amazing and his potential is off the charts. I recognize there is somewhat a risk but would not hesitate drafting this guy in round 1 at #28 and then turning right around and drafting Nik Bonito in round 2 as Ojabo is not going to play in 2022.

Offensive Tackle:
I really would like to see two OT's taken in the draft. Trevor Penning is my guy but Bernard Raimann, Max Mitchell, or Zach Tom are high on my lists. Check out Max Mitchell or Zach Tom and their talent if unfamiliar. These guys will be there in round 2 and possibly rounds 3 & 4.

Defensive Line:
I consistently end up drafting Devontae Wyatt with the 22 selection. Guy is a stud! Cannot even imagine if the Packers drafted him and lining him up alongside Clark. My head would explode! Then with the 28 if Ojabo was available I'd immediately draft him. I keep thinking of how dominant the Packers defense would be. If Jordan Davis (interchangeable with Wyatt) was there in round 1, or a Nik Bonito in round 2 I'd also take these guys if Wyatt and Ojabo were not available.

WR's:
I've watched the top WR's in this draft (the top 15-20 WR's) and now going back watching their video's a second time. A guy who I don't believe anyone at CCTV has really talked much about that is rapidly climbing my board is Josh Johnson. This guy seems to be pushed back to 3rd round, or possibly even the 4th round on the simulators but this guy looks to me the 2nd coming of Adam's (at least in potential). He is 6'2" running sub 4.5 and shiftier than heck. Don't sleep on Josh, Pickens, or Khalil!

The top WR's I like that are say 6'2" and above are the following:
-I really like George Pickens who is 6'3" and a sub 4.5. Guy has the speed, length, and natural hip turning ability. Reminds me somewhat of Jameson Williams. While I do not have a favorite WR other than Jameson (who isn't likely to be available) I think George is possibly my favorite and I would likely make him the first WR drafted. If Gutey drafted him with the #28 I would not be upset.
-There are a whole bunch of WR's that I bunch in that 6'2" to 6'5" height with sub 4.5 speed (Burks is a little slower) that any one of them I would be very happy with depending where they were drafted that include the following:
George Pickens with 4.47 speed
Jameson Williams with 4.39 speed
Jalen Tolbert with 4.49 speed
Alec Pierce with 4.33 speed
Treylon Burks with 4.55 speed
Josh Johnson who is the shortest at 6'2" with 4.44 speed (super like this guy and would enjoy him and Pickens together)
Christian Watson at 6'5" with 4.36 speed (why would anyone want Drake London when Watson is faster, shiftier, and more explosive and can be had further back in the draft)?
Danny Gray who like Johnson is 6'2" but faster with 4.33 speed

WR's 6'1" or under:
Garrett Wilson with 4.38 speed (love this guy but he won't be available)
Chris Olave with 4.39 speed
Khalil Shakir with 4.43 speed
Skyy Moore with 4.41 speed
Jahan Dotson with 4.41 speed
Calvin Austin (great gadget player who I'd take him in rounds 3 or 4) with 4.32 speed
John Metchie with 4.5 speed
Velus Jones with 4.31 speed and great kick returner

My favorite draft selections in rounds 1 thru 3 would be:
22. Devonte Wyatt, Jordan Davis at DL, Jameson Williams at WR, or Trevor Penning at OT
28. David Ojabe at Edge, Devontae Wyatt at DL, or Trevor Penning/Bernhard Raimann at OT
53. Nik Bonito at Edge, George Pickens or Treylon Burks at WR, or Max Mitchell at OT
59. George Pickens, Christian Watson, Treylon Burks, Josh Johnson, or Kahlil Shakir at WR
92. Calvin Austin, Kahlil Shakir, or Josh Johnson at WR

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mrtundra's picture

April 12, 2022 at 08:29 am

Taking care of business, in the first round!: #22: George Karlaftis, Edge; #28: Lewis Cine, Safety. I picked Chig Okonkwo, TE/FB, in the 4th Round. Okonkwo is very much what GB wanted in Deguarra, and will fill that mold nicely. That fills the three positions of need, in this article. At #53, #59 and #92 I selected George Pickens, John Metchie III and Alec Pierce, all WRs. Gute and Co will have other ideas on how to use those picks, I'm sure.

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Packerlifer's picture

April 17, 2022 at 11:12 am

Runningback depth for the present and an eye on the future shouldn't be overlooked in this year's draft either. https://www.si.com/nfl/packers/news/green-bay-packers-ultimate-2022-nfl-...

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