The Green Bay Packers are committed to Jordan Love as their starting quarterback in 2023 and beyond. However, they also have a variety of holes on their team that need to be filled, notably at wide receiver and tight end. With the NFL Draft coming up in a matter of days, there is a great deal of debate over who/what position the team will target in the first round. Some believe the Packers will stick with their tendencies and take a high-profile defensive player in the first round. Others believe (hope/want/desire) they will take a wide receiver or tight end in the first round for the first time in decades.
Packers legend Gilbert Brown weighed in on this topic during his weekly segment “Under the Helmet with the Gravedigger” on The Earl Ingram Show. During the interview, he discussed the one thing he believes the Packers need to do to really show Love that they have his back.
Gilbert Brown Says the Green Bay Packers Need to Draft Offense in the First Round of the NFL Draft
During his segment, host Earl Ingram ran down what social media and Packers content creators are saying the Packers need. He asked Gilbert Brown to clarify what, exactly, Green Bay should do in the first round. He replied:
“What I’m saying is they need to show commitment to Jordan Love. And to show him that they’re totally committed to him, and involved with him, they need to draft offense first. They gotta go out and get them a bonified tight end, a bonified slot receiver, they gotta get someone big on the offense to show Jordan Love, ‘Hey, we in this with you and we gonna get you some help.
Ingram asked Brown to clarify if he thinks the Packers should use their first three picks on offensive players. He replied:
“No, no. I’m going to say a tight end, a wide receiver, one-two, and then maybe, maybe an offensive lineman three. One of those three in the first round will be beautiful. To show Jordan Love that you’re committed to him.”
If the Packers were to do what Gilbert Brown suggests, it would be the first time in over two decades that they draft a wide receiver or a tight end in the first round. It has also been over a decade since they drafted an offensive lineman in the first round (Dereck Sharrod, 2011).
The Green Bay Packers Drafted Aaron Rodgers Help in 2008
When Aaron Rodgers first became the starter of the Green Bay Packers, the front office traded out of the first round, but used their first pick in the second round to give their new quarterback a new weapon. As fans may recall, that first pick was used on popular wide receiver Jordy Nelson. After drafting quarterback Brian Brohm and defensive back Pat Lee later in the second round, the Packers used their third round pick on tight end JerMichael Finley.
In the fourth round, Green Bay drafted Packers Hall of Famer Josh Sitton and defensive end Jeremy Thompson. The rest of their picks that season were Breno Giacomini (tackle), Matt Flynn (quarterback), and Brett Swain (wide receiver).
Of course, the 2023 Packers have many more needs on defense than the 2008 team did. However, they made it a point to go out and get their young starting quarterback some help. The 2023 team should do the same for Jordan Love. If not in the first round, they need to use multiple picks throughout the draft to put him in the best possible position to succeed.
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