Five Things to Expect from the Packers Heading Into the 2021 NFL Draft

The 2021 NFL Draft is less than a month away now and this year’s draft will be critical for the Green Bay Packers. The Packers have spent the offseason retaining as many of their own players as possible but they have not added many newcomers to the roster. That means the draft will be the primary way to add new talent to the team for 2021 and beyond.

Here is a look at five things we can expect from the Packers heading into the 2021 NFL Draft:

1. The Packers Will Not Pick at 29 in the First Round

Packers GM Brian Gutekunst has run the last three drafts for the franchise and in each year, he has made a trade in the first round. Gutekunst has shown he will not hesitate to trade up to grab a player he likes and if he doesn’t see an obvious choice, he will trade back and accumulate more picks.

In 2018, he traded the 14th pick for the 27th pick and added an extra first round choice in 2019. He then traded back up and selected Pro Bowl cornerback Jaire Alexander.

In 2019, the Packers traded up to grab safety Darnell Savage with their second pick in the first round. Earlier, the Packers had selected Michigan edge rusher Rashan Gary with the 12th overall selection.

Last season, Gutekunst traded up from 30 to 26 and drafted Utah State quarterback Jordan Love.

Based on his track record and the Packers lack of urgent need for immediate help at any position, it remains highly likely Gutekunst will make another trade in the first year of this year’s draft. Whether he trades down or up will depend largely on who is left on the board as the first round progresses.

2. The Packers Will Look for Help at Cornerback Early

Even though the Packers re-signed Kevin King to a new deal, King is here on a “prove-it” deal and will have to have a strong 2021 season to be back in Green Bay beyond this year. The Packers still don’t have a long-term solution on their roster to start opposite Alexander in the secondary.

The Packers could still sign a free agent with some experience here, but it is unlikely they will spend much money to do it. So, the Pack is most likely to address the cornerback position on the first or second day of the draft.

The Packers are also most likely to look for a cornerback who can play a specific role. A taller corner with a similar build to King is very possible as is someone who can also play in the slot.

3. The Packers Will Look for Help at Offensive Tackle

The Packers will look to add an offensive tackle and most likely on the first two days of the draft. David Bakhtiari is injured and is likely to miss the start of the 2021 season until his rehab is complete. Bakhtiari will also be 30 in September.

Billy Turner is likely to start at one tackle but the Packers still need a reliable swing tackle who they can acquire either via an inexpensive free agent or through the draft.

The Pack will need to address the offensive tackle for the long term and it is likely they do that at some point in this year’s draft, most likely between rounds two and five.

4. The Emphasis Will Likely Be on Defense

The overall emphasis on this year’s draft is likely to be on the defensive side of the ball. The Packers offense led the league in scoring while the defense finished 13th in points allowed.

The Packers also have a new defensive coordinator in Joe Barry. It is likely that Gutekunst will spend more than a few draft choices on players that fit Barry’s defensive strategies. For example, since Barry’s secondary is expected to play a lot of zone defenses, defensive backs who can fit into this scheme will be added.

Look for the Pack to select more defensive players than offensive players in this draft to give Barry the tools that he needs to implement his scheme.

5. The Packers Won’t Draft Another Quarterback Early

Last year, the Packers shocked most observers by selecting a quarterback in the first round of the draft. That will not happen again this year.

If the Packers do pick a quarterback at all in 2021, it will be a late round, developmental signal caller who will either make the practice squad or be the third quarterback behind Aaron Rodgers and Love if the Pack keep three signal callers on their roster.

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Coldworld's picture

April 03, 2021 at 12:05 pm

Packers will pick a player at more than one position at several points over 3 days. About all I’m confident of.

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dekan51's picture

April 03, 2021 at 12:12 pm

all i want is that this year our early picks focus on people who have a chance to start right away. lasts years 1st and 2nd rounders were both people we knew 100% would not start. this year i hope is different. i dont care the position (except RB and QB!!!). we can still pick best available.....

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BJP's picture

April 03, 2021 at 12:15 pm

If the Packers draft a QB Who happens to beat out Rodgers for the number one spot, I take that in a heartbeat. Just saying.

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Turophile's picture

April 03, 2021 at 12:21 pm

If you want instant gratification dekan51, you are following the wrong team. Try (for example) Washington, instead.

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realitybytez's picture

April 03, 2021 at 12:44 pm

if you want to see a team that selects an instant starter with a #12 pick, follow any other team in the nfl.

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Turophile's picture

April 03, 2021 at 12:52 pm

To that idea I simply say...........Christian Ponder...............Hah !

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Coldworld's picture

April 03, 2021 at 04:51 pm

Lol, Ponder over the Trubisky trade up? That’s a good question.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

April 03, 2021 at 07:02 pm

Nah. Most teams drafting that high are looking for an instant starter, or perhaps are willing to give a redshirt year in exchange for a chance of a true difference-maker or at least a plus player. Jeffrey Simmons slid to 19th, and TN got 9 games out of him as a rookie and 854 elite snaps in 2020. 1154 snaps total so far.

Gary has played exactly 700 snaps over two seasons. GB brought back Preston Smith, so the Packers didn't get salary cap relief out of the Gary pick. And since he will compete with Preston for snaps, I default to thinking a team can't have too many pass-rushers and that GB has been fortunate with injuries at OLB the last several years.

I do think Gary blossomed before our very eyes in the last third to half of the 2020 season. I'd love to get a lot of good play out of him before we have to pay him in 2023. The 5th year option is useful but it isn't what it used to be. They grow up so quickly and become expensive 2nd contract guys.

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dblbogey's picture

April 03, 2021 at 10:18 pm

I'm taking Christian Barmore @29. Then try filling the other 4-5 areas of need that we have. We need an O tackle early.

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Archie's picture

April 04, 2021 at 10:23 am

No problem with that pick if he's there.

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Thegravedigger's picture

April 04, 2021 at 10:32 pm

yes. washington. But also tampa bay. its not about instant gratification completely. Its about winning one with your 37 year old qb, who just was the freakin mvp! last season was great, until it wasnt. tampa bay beat the packers. you know who their first two picks were? tristan wirfs and antoine winfields kid. Two solid starters as rookies. you think tom wins another big one without wirfs? Look what happened to rodgers without bakh. This year it is basically A MUST to draft p;ayers who can play right away at corner especially. but in gute i dont trust. As a talent evaluator, yes i trust him. his ego scares me as a fan though. i think it clouds his brain. and he does shit like keep dean lowry. cus he signed him in the first place. I digress.

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Turophile's picture

April 03, 2021 at 12:49 pm

Everything depends on how the board falls on draft day, and where the player tiers start and end on their board.

If the Packers feel they are just missing out on the last pick or two in a higher tier they are likely to at least try and move up. I think when they got Love they were looking at him and WR Aiyuk as higher tier guys, so they moved up for Love.

If they think there are 8-10 guys of similar ability at pick #29, there is a good chance they try to move down a few spots, acquire an extra pick and still get someone in the same tier. It was pretty much known that that was the thinking years ago, when they first traded back and then picked Jordy Nelson.

If the guy they want is (probably) there at #29, or if they cannot swing a decent-value deal up or down, they stay put.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

April 03, 2021 at 07:12 pm

I feel like a kid on Christmas eve. I'd love a CB, and the draft is loaded with them. I'd love an OT and the draft is loaded with them. Not so many IDL, but THE one might just be there at 29. There are a couple of ILBs that look yummy. [Yeah, I am not as big a fan of Barnes and Martin - they are guys maybe GB can get by with.] The draft has some nice OLBs as well. It also is fairly loaded with WRs, especially the slot kind I've been lusting for.

The guy I want GB to draft at 29 changes daily. I suppose because it depends on who is on the board. It is just that everything looks so good!

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TheKanataThrilla's picture

April 03, 2021 at 07:24 pm

We need an article on draft crushes. My #1 is Zaven Collins.

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Turophile's picture

April 03, 2021 at 07:56 pm

Like TheKanataThrilla, I like Zaven Collins. After a long time without a top ILB, it would be nice to get a premium prospect there.

I'd snap up CB Newsome if he lasted that long, as well.

However, the position I'd most like to see filled is DL. If Christian Barmore is still there, great, but my favourite is Washington's Levi Onwuzuriki. Current projection almost all have him still on the board at pick 29. There aren't many high quality DL's this year unlike, say, OT or WR, but with good luck you might be able to get solid value for your high pick.

One other intriguing prospect is Edge Jaelen Phillips. I know it is not the position of greatest need. He is probably gone at pick 29, but is super talented and just might fall to the Packers due to some injury concerns (ankle and concusions). He's a risk, no question, but if he could stay relatively healthy he could be a steal if he falls.

I'd take OT Teven Jenkins with the speed of a hummingbirds heartbeat, if he fell to #29, but maybe Cosmi is a more realistic target. I don't want Eichenberg (arms too short). If they are gone, one of Radunz , Mayfield or Christensen might still be around late in round 2.......and if THEY are not taken there is a last chance saloon pick in round three, with James Hudson, D'Ante Smith and Walker Little.

Biggest potential surprise, they take UCF S Richie Grant in round 2. A real versatile do-everything guy would be attractive, but through round two there will be several rather good slot receivers available, all on the small side, but very talented. Last but not least, I'd like CB Molden if he is there at pick 62.

So many guys to like, so much disappointment on draft day, when they go to Division rivals.

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Since'61's picture

April 03, 2021 at 08:22 pm

I like Alim McNeil from NC State if he is still available when we pick. I think he could get an increasing amount of snaps as the season goes on and could go on to become our answer for our DL alongside Clark. However, unless we move up he is probably gone by #29. Thanks, Since '61

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Titletown222's picture

April 03, 2021 at 08:48 pm

We could trade out of the first and still get McNeil. I like him too. Crazy athlete. Run stuffer and potential sack creator!

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Leatherhead's picture

April 04, 2021 at 12:03 pm

Put me on the Alim McNeil bandwagon, but #29 is too high. He’ll most probably go in the third round.

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Archie's picture

April 04, 2021 at 10:36 am

McNeil is definitely an interesting prospect for the Pack but 29 would be very rich IMHO. I'd love him in R3. Dyami Brown WR NC is still my R2 draft crush.

R1 - Teven Jenkins, Newsome, & Baremore are my top likes at 29.

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greengold's picture

April 04, 2021 at 08:51 am

I feel much the same TGR. Have to lean on my friends here more this draft, as I haven’t been able to do the deep dives. Initial looks are promising for addressing the Packers’ needs. Can’t wait to see what the do and how, with 10 picks to address roughly 5 positions of need.

Thinking last year’s wait between the Deguara and Martin picks was so long, they may trade down R1 then back into R2/3 if they can, or stay put. Might be a good year to let the draft just come to them. WR, OT, DT, CB, ILB all appear legit, nearly equal needs. OLB and S appear lesser, but if the right player falls and they take one, those 5 needs remain.

We know Gutekunst likes to trade. Should be fun to see his plan unfold. My guess is he looks to attack Day 2 to get best quality players to address all 5 spots.

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Lare's picture

April 03, 2021 at 12:21 pm

If I had to guess I'd say that Gutekunst will trade up, it's what he does. And if his Pro Day appearances are any indication, I'd say he goes for DBs, early and often.

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realitybytez's picture

April 03, 2021 at 12:49 pm

sadly, you are most likely correct. this team needs linemen on both sides of the ball, but we'll probably draft at least two corners and two safeties before you see any bigs taken by the packers.

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Titletown222's picture

April 03, 2021 at 08:51 pm

He will likely trade up for a player that would have been available at #29. He does it all the time. Savage. Love. I think he like the perception that he is a mover and shaker.

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Coldworld's picture

April 04, 2021 at 09:12 am

Personally I think you are wrong in your certainty that either player would have been available, but since we will likely never know for sure, it doesn’t get us anywhere. I am happy we got Savage. Love is a great unknown, obviously.

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realitybytez's picture

April 03, 2021 at 12:23 pm

we're talking about gutekunst here, right?

1) the packers first pick in the draft will be spent on a player who is not expected to contribute as a starter until 2023 at the earliest.
2) a punter will be drafted on day 2.
3) none of the packers first three picks will be on anybody's big board of the top 100 players
4) after day 2, most fans will be saying "wtf?"
5) none of the packers draft picks will have a 40 time faster than 4.5

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PF4L's picture

April 03, 2021 at 12:44 pm

Schefter is reporting that Gutenkunst is looking to trade up to the 1st half of round one.
Apparently he has his eye on a long snapper that he thinks will "fall to him" by pick 15.

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realitybytez's picture

April 03, 2021 at 12:46 pm

lord knows we could use a new long snapper.

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Coldworld's picture

April 03, 2021 at 04:52 pm

And, in some cases, perspective

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PackerGold's picture

April 03, 2021 at 03:05 pm

Very well outlined. Very sad but true. The "Value" of the Packer draft picks over the last few years has caused heartburn to most of the Packer Nation. On WR speed, I haven't seen much since before 2015.

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Coldworld's picture

April 03, 2021 at 04:54 pm

Yes, MVS is slow.

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Leatherhead's picture

April 04, 2021 at 12:08 pm

As is Lazard, who is so slow he was only able to get behind the Saints secondary twice.

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PeteK's picture

April 04, 2021 at 08:55 am

Alexander, Savage, Jenkins , and Gary should have you farting up a storm. Dillion will give you the runs this season.

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Leatherhead's picture

April 03, 2021 at 12:51 pm

I would agree with all 5 of your points, Gil.

I would include that no WR or ILB will be taken prior to the 3rd day.

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TheKanataThrilla's picture

April 03, 2021 at 07:21 pm

Not sure if he is deemed an ILB, but if Zaven Collins is there at 29, I sure hope that we take him.

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jannes bjornson's picture

April 04, 2021 at 02:10 pm

Have to move Up for him. It would be a strong move for a playmaking LB with coverage skills of a safety. Then you can move P.Smith. More than likely a CB or OT with pick # one.

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PeteK's picture

April 04, 2021 at 08:57 am

nor OLB

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jhtobias's picture

April 03, 2021 at 01:06 pm

Who Cares , I hope they pick Kyle Trask in the first round and watch every packer fans head explode, because either way people are going to cry and complain so let's give some something to cry about .

Packers wasted Rodgers Career blah blah blah .. I remember in 2014 one first down that's it , last yr defense gave the ball back to #12 twice and a goose egg.

Rodgers might be the most talented thrower of the football ever no doubt and bright as hell but truth is you don't win Super bowls with 37-40 million dollar Quarterbacks.

The only thing that this front office is guilty of is ignoring the importance of a sideline to sideline linebacker. they have given Rodgers more than enough money talent he has had his chance stop blaming the defense all the time .

Geez I wish someone would pay me 250 million dollars and say we wasted your talent lol...

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Since'61's picture

April 03, 2021 at 10:48 pm

If you can generate the amount of revenue that Rodgers does for the league and his team I'm confident that someone would be happy to pay you Rodgers type of money. The Packers were under no obligation to give Rodgers his current contract. Thanks, Since '61

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PF4L's picture

April 03, 2021 at 08:47 pm

"The ONLY THING that this front office is guilty of is........"

If they pick Kyle Trask, why would they have traded up for Jordan Love last season?

Wouldn't that then be two things the front office did wrong?
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"The ONLY THING that this front office is guilty of is........"

The only thing?.....lmao

You guys kill me, i luv you guys!!!...lol

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PF4L's picture

April 04, 2021 at 09:53 am

Yes thumbs down cowpokes....

The front office have only done one thing wrong.....nothing gets by you people.

Now....finish up your kool aid, put on your jammies, brush your teeth and i'll send your mother in to come and tuck you in.

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PF4L's picture

April 04, 2021 at 06:46 pm

I mean it!!

1...2....3..

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PF4L's picture

April 03, 2021 at 08:57 pm

jhtobias

March 26, 2021 at 09:24 pm

Whatever happens one thing is a guarantee all the arm chair General Managers on this site will cry and moan . I hope they draft a quarterback and a running back in round one and two just to hear you dolts cry more than usual
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PF4L

March 26, 2021 at 10:07 pm

I hope they draft good players that help the Packers win a Super Bowl with Rodgers.

I guess that's the difference between us, we clearly hope for different things.

But....whatever makes you happy brother.

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splitpea1's picture

April 03, 2021 at 01:51 pm

What the fans logically expect him to do and what he actually does (so far) are two very different things. I think it's a given that he'll take a CB and T early, but after that, who knows? It's going to be very disappointing (and very boring) if we end up fielding pretty much the exact same defensive team all season long.

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Tedlyflyfisher's picture

April 03, 2021 at 01:51 pm

I also wouldn’t be surprised if we took a center in the draft. After all, that’s how we got Linsley. Or, if they want to move Elgton Jenkins to center, don’t be surprised to see a guard drafted. Hopefully at least one wide receiver, too.

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dobber's picture

April 03, 2021 at 05:30 pm

I think a plug-and-play OL at any position but LT is a real possibility

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

April 03, 2021 at 07:19 pm

Creed Humphrey would blow fans' minds. Probably will go somewhere around 29.

I am not a fan of this idea. While I think it is possible, I am not sure Jenkins is really a long-term plus starting OT in the NFL. OTOH, given some real reps, maybe - not something I'd bet a paycheck on.

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Coldworld's picture

April 04, 2021 at 10:52 am

What is your take on Walker Little?

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Leatherhead's picture

April 04, 2021 at 11:47 am

Walker Little sat out 2020, and was injured in the 2019 opener.

He’s big enough, and he’s a Stanford guy and that means he’s probably smart enough.

A couple of my primary sources, drafttek and the huddle report, put him as an early Day 3 guy. IMO, if he had played in the last two years, he’d probably be higher, but as it is, I think there are better bets if you’re looking for a plug and play guy.

I still like Alex Leatherwood in the 30-50 range. I think we could trade down from #29 and get him, or somebody similar.

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Coldworld's picture

April 04, 2021 at 01:23 pm

Appreciate the response. I am intrigued by Little as a value proposition, but I take the point on plug and play readiness definitely.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

April 04, 2021 at 07:29 pm

I'm not a draftnik. Reading a lot and listening to a few draftniks I know (personally and including LLC and BDU), Little being the 7th OT off the board sounds reasonable. There's a chance that's late 2nd, but I'd think he goes in the seventies or eighties. Good movement, some pass-pro issues versus speed rushers, and a zone blocking scheme guy, not a power gap guy.

His pro day numbers were solid across the board but not jaw-dropping. He apparently participated in position drills.

Where do you think Little will get drafted? Should it be by the Packers? When do you think GB should select him?

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PhantomII's picture

April 04, 2021 at 11:01 am

I would, the guy is a stud, and doesn't allow QB's to get dirty. He's allowed same number of sacks as the much loved Bak over the last 2 years and hasn't missed any time I know of. He's exceptional and humble. My favorite OL.

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stockholder's picture

April 03, 2021 at 04:41 pm

1. "Gute will trade away draft capitol". Sure he will. The fact is all Gutes picks are gambles. Their Reaches. So include "reach" in the top 5. Gutes world is a shell game. Instead of being judged on how many successful picks he can make. He shortens that list as much as possible. 2. The packers will take a CB with their first pick.- 1 player in the top 100. Means Gute Killed the draft. Regardless whether he starts. That player will be insurance if they can't afford another big contract. Seems Sherman's motives have returned to Green Bay. The search for a CB to develop: Died and was buried with TT. 3. OL help- We've had a lot of picks that became starters. And most weren't #1 picks. The more draft capitol traded, the more retreads will come to Green Bay. 4. The emphasis on Defense- Get the wish bone out here. Were drafting for life after Rodgers. The fastest way to one and done is by not fixing the DL. So when Murphy says do you think were stupid? Laugh hard. The funny part is they are. The Trench is how to stop a Offense. 5. Drafting another QB means you can trade another. So instead of toasting Gutes draft selection. I plan on drinking Coffee to steady my nerves; when That pick goes in.

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PF4L's picture

April 03, 2021 at 04:38 pm

Laugh hard, laugh long.

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Coldworld's picture

April 04, 2021 at 09:17 am

If a wise man has an argument with a fool, the fool only rages and laughs, and there is no quiet.

Proverbs 29:9

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Leatherhead's picture

April 04, 2021 at 12:14 pm

Or as my Uncle Elmer always said, “Never rassle with a pig, because you’re both going to get dirty, and the pig likes that”.

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KneelYoung's picture

April 03, 2021 at 03:50 pm

First round pick will be Elijah Moore WR out of Ole Miss. Plays in the slot, runs 4.35, is on the short side at 5ft9in but is on the high side with electric speed and moves. Could also take care of our return needs. That would be a oick swinging for the fence. Boom schaka laka....

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Swisch's picture

April 03, 2021 at 04:47 pm

I think selecting an electric player of Moore's type would send a surge of positive energy throughout the team and the fan base.
Yes, we had a great offense last season, but let's add a new and dynamic dimension in the slot position to keep opposing defenses from figuring us out.
If it's first-and-goal from the 8-yard-line at a big moment in the playoffs, now we have another kind of weapon to watch out for flashing open across the middle and streaking by frustrated tacklers.
After the excitement of such a selection at the top, we'd only be one round behind in selecting players for the less glamorous positions that are still highly important -- and we'd have nine picks to fill those spots.
I'm hopeful our defense will be much better this season; but while it's in the process of progressing, the best defense may be a better offense.
I think a lot of fans would like that kind of surprise from Gute. Set the tone with a game-breaker, and it will brighten the whole rest of the draft as the other positions fall into place.

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Swisch's picture

April 03, 2021 at 05:19 pm

Short is good. Think Tyreek Hill and Cole Beasley.

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Coldworld's picture

April 03, 2021 at 04:56 pm

5’9 and maybe 185. I truly hope Moore is not our first rounder.

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jeremyjjbrown's picture

April 03, 2021 at 04:59 pm

Moore is a pretty doubtful pick for the Packers in Round 1.

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Titletown222's picture

April 03, 2021 at 09:07 pm

There are a lot of talented slot WR in this draft. I don’t see us drafting a slot WR in the first round. It’s not a valuable position. Those diminutive slots don’t work out. John Ross. Corey Coleman, Tavon Austin to name a few Marshall is the only 1st round receiver to consider. You can find quality slot wrs on day 3

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mnbadger's picture

April 03, 2021 at 04:15 pm

Picks 1 thru 3 must yield a starting inside linebacker, starting right tackle and nickel corner. Any order is okay, best available at all 3 positions. Its a lot to ask, but if that happens, super bowl baby! Let's start the draft tonight. GPG

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dobber's picture

April 03, 2021 at 04:39 pm

But if the Fangio/Staley system tends to only play with 1 ILB the majority of the time, it would have to be a slobber-knocker of an ILB to justify taking him.

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jannes bjornson's picture

April 03, 2021 at 11:34 pm

Move UP for Collins.

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Coldworld's picture

April 04, 2021 at 10:58 am

To pick up on that point, if true, it only increases the DB need and the likelihood that is a consistent focus throughout the draft I would think.

We already lack players of that type on the roster (given that we did anytime Greene wasn’t healthy last year and he is not currently a Packer either).

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dobber's picture

April 04, 2021 at 03:44 pm

Yup. Don't sleep on safeties in this draft.

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PhantomII's picture

April 03, 2021 at 04:20 pm

No idea at what Gute will do, I only know it will only make sense to him. If we pick up any of the following players, our team will be better for it.
DL: Barmore or Onwuzurike
CB: Horn or Samuel
S : Holland
ILB: Koramoah
OT: Jenkins-2 Jenkins are better than one. Nasty blocking in the run game. Instant RT for next several years.
WR: Bateman or Marshall
RB: Etienne, like having (2) A.Jones running backs. 1 in the slot and one at RB or 2 running routes and Dillon up the middle. It would take the running game to next level. ML would be giddy about drawing up new plays for it.

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Archie's picture

April 04, 2021 at 10:50 am

Key to Pack's draft - the top 2 RBs

1 - either they both get drafted before 29, pushing a good pick to pack

2 - or they take one themselves at 29.

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Handsback's picture

April 03, 2021 at 05:03 pm

Since the consensus from scouts, and draft experts (for what that’s worth) that there are 24 players with 1st.round grades. If Gutsey moves up 6-7 spots it will make sense. Better sense is moving down to second round, early, and getting two guys with 2nd round grades and an additional pick in 3rd round or early 4th.
Then again I have no idea.

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Jimmydgreat's picture

April 03, 2021 at 07:55 pm

I say if ur gonna move up it's going to be either for a top ilv or a top cb unless if someone like chase smith or waddle slip down to 15 or lower which is very possible then pull the trigger there but in this draft they would probably either stay put or go all the way up to top 10-15 in a trade to get someone they believe is dynamic enough to be a instant starter which is saying alot for a team that is bringing back all but 2 of there starters from a 13-3 team last year

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flackcatcher's picture

April 03, 2021 at 05:10 pm

Gute drafts. Packer Nation screams. Flacky buys more popcorn....

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Lphill's picture

April 03, 2021 at 07:04 pm

Packers were at the pro day for that safety from LSU who is a projected 1 st round pick , dont be surprised if the Packers take him , have to plan for the future the Packers way.

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packer132's picture

April 04, 2021 at 09:12 am

All 32 teams were at the pro day at LSU. Nobody has a clue as to Packers 1st pick; not even Gute. After the first 15 picks or so, that's when Green Bays board will give them some options. I wouldn't even guess which position it will be, as it could be WR, CB, DT, OT, LB. I would only be surprised if they draft another position.

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Lphill's picture

April 04, 2021 at 11:28 am

That’s what the Packers do best pick someone nobody expects.

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stockholder's picture

April 04, 2021 at 07:21 am

LSU has excellent players. If the packers take any of them I'd be happy.

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PeteK's picture

April 04, 2021 at 09:07 am

Yes ,Shelvin 3/4 round. It would be like having the Blob in the middle of the DL.

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flackcatcher's picture

April 05, 2021 at 02:12 pm

LSU was stacked with talent up and down its roster last season. It was shocking how badly coached that team was.

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Jimmydgreat's picture

April 03, 2021 at 07:49 pm

Unpopular option for some reason trade jordan love and our 3rd round pick this year and a 3rd next year that could be moved up to a second if love doesn't play much to denver or for #9 denver is begging for a quarterback and I have recently read that elway almost took love last year but decided to give lock one more year to try and prove himself and get a star player at 9 not just good but great someone like Micah parsons or one of the top three wide receivers or I know it's not a need but get yourself the most dynamic tight end prosper the nfl has seen since kellen winslow or your pick of corners but I think take either parsons or one of the three wr are 9 and wait til 29 to address cb one of the positions and still be able to address defensive line on the second round all while committing to rodgers getting rid of the drama and getting instantly better on both sides of the ball. To those that think denver would not take this trade if all 5 of the top qbs are off the board at 9 and elway being high on love last season even comparing his play style to himself when he first came out of college realistically the goal is a superbowl this year and if u win a superbowl ur not going to move on from rodgers so might as well get something for love while he's still worth something some of the top nfl experts say love was a better prospect than mac jones or trey lance last year there just weren't as many qb needy teams last year

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Since'61's picture

April 03, 2021 at 08:44 pm

I recommend that the next time you post here you spread some punctuation marks around the comment box and then write in between them unless you are trying to post the CHTV version of "Finnegan's Wake". Thanks, Since '61

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Coldworld's picture

April 04, 2021 at 09:23 am

Which is worse, unthought out assertions correctly punctuated or considered unpunctuated thought?

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Since'61's picture

April 03, 2021 at 08:50 pm

I'm hoping that the Packers take a CB, WR and DL with their first 3 picks whether they trade up, down or stand pat. However if Alim McNeil (DT, NC State) is still available whenever they take their first pick I wouldn't mind if Gute takes him as the DL before a CB or WR. The only thing that we can be sure of is that anything can happen and who knows what Gute will actually do. Wake me up when it's over and then I'll check out our picks' credentials. Thanks, Since '61

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PhantomII's picture

April 04, 2021 at 05:59 pm

Number of drafted players still on Packers Team: * Starter,

2005: (1) * Rodgers -QB
2006: (0)
2007: (1) * Crosby -K

2008-2012: ( 0)

2013: (1) * Bak -LT
2014: (1) * Adams -WR
2015: (0)
2016: (2) * Clark -DL , Lowry -DL
2017: (2) * King-CB , * Jones -RB
2018: (7) * Alexander-CB, * MVS -WR, * Scott -P, * Bradley -LS , ESB -WR , Jackson-CB , Burks -ILB
2019: (8) * Savage-S, * Jenkins -C/G, Gary-OLB, Sternberger-TE, Keke -DL , Hollman -CB , Summers -ILB
Williams -RB.
2020: (9) No Starters- Love -QB , Dillon- RB , Deguara -TE , Martin -ILB , Runyan -T/G , Hanson -C , Stepaniak T/G
Scott -S , Garvin -DE.

Drafted: 6- Starters on Offense QB, WR, WR, RB, LT, LG
4- Starters on Defense DL, CB, CB, S,
3- Special teams players K/P/LS

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desien3859's picture

April 04, 2021 at 06:25 am

Thanx

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HarryHodag's picture

April 04, 2021 at 06:54 am

Last year's draft was in anticipation of what was going to happen in 2021 or 22. We've discussed Love...

1)Jake Hanson, center. Remember him?
2) A.J. Dillon, remember him?
3) Deguara, remember him?
4)Martin, Runyan, Scott, Stepaniak. Remember them?

Last year's draft saw potential changes at TE, center, running back, defense and offensive line, some of which happened.

Alexander is a free agent after next season and could become the top paid corner in the league. The Packers will need, as top priority, not only a corner to possibly replace King, but possibly another to replace Alexander who might be too costly to keep. They have little depth at corner.

Look for 1-2 corners to be drafted, one of whom could be eyed to replace King even next season.

By the third round an offensive tackle will be drafted. They have plenty of interior guys, but only questions on the outside.

They also will draft a wide receiver, but maybe not real high. Remember Donald Driver was not a number one.

Look ahead one season to see what the Packers draft will be this year. That is how Gute and the staff think.

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stockholder's picture

April 04, 2021 at 07:29 am

If the packers do draft a cb. He needs to run in the 4.3s. Otherwise it's a wasted pick.

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HarryHodag's picture

April 04, 2021 at 09:54 am

Even if he runs like a deer he still has to be able to defend. At their tryouts, Alexander was 4.38 and King was 4.4. Not much difference.

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stockholder's picture

April 04, 2021 at 10:55 am

There might be more then you think. Usually a guy that runs 4.5 can get down to 4.4. A guy that runs 4.4, now can get down to 4.38. playing speed and closing speed are what make a great cb. King is a good Cb. The problem with most CBs; They rely on the athletic ability more then their training. Todays Wrs are much faster. You must get one that can keep up.

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Coldworld's picture

April 04, 2021 at 11:39 am

To me, long speed is only part of the story, for a CB, acceleration and short area agility are key components of “speed”. That’s one of the reasons why playing King with a persistent groin issue raises concerns as to what is behind him.

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jannes bjornson's picture

April 04, 2021 at 02:18 pm

20 yard dash speed and change of pace breakdown. King is rigid and after four years cannot read a WRs eyes or track a ball. Burned peeking at the QB vs Tampa numerous times. Questionable signing?

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Coldworld's picture

April 04, 2021 at 02:44 pm

King 2019 is a decent pick up. King second half of 2020 is an emergency band aid and backstop to improve on.

The team knows why he was as limited as he was, we do not. My thought is that that knowledge was the driver.

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stockholder's picture

April 04, 2021 at 11:44 am

I'll bet anyone. You couldn't get any takers to move up in the top 10. Giving up last years first 3 draft picks.

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Coldworld's picture

April 04, 2021 at 01:29 pm

Lol, interesting bet since one was Love and some love him. Then again, at this point what matters is how much they bring to this season. I see Dillon and Deguara bringing plenty.

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Packindepth's picture

April 04, 2021 at 07:17 pm

Also, expect Gutey to throw away more fourth round picks and get nothing in return. He is as bad at drafting as Mike Sherman was, another expert at wasting and throwing away needed draft picks. De ja Vu' !

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