The Green Bay Packers have a plethora of needs that they need to meet in this year’s NFL Draft. While rookies do not always have an immediate impact, Green Bay also does not have the cap space needed to meet all of their needs with free agents. Indeed, they will need several draft picks to be able to start immediately given their current roster construction.
One of the positions that is a glaring need on offense is the tight end position. Green Bay currently have Josiah Deguara and Tyler Davis under contract at the position for next season. Fortunately, the tight end class in this year’s draft class is deep with plenty of talented players. While they could get a variety of these players during multiple rounds, Alex Ballentine of Bleacher Report believes that the Packers will trade up to grab one in the first round.
The Green Bay Packers Could Trade Up for Tight End Dalton Kincaid
In his recent article, Ballentine writes:
“The Packers let Robert Tonyan depart in free agency, officially opening the door for a rookie to take over as the team’s leading tight end. Fortunately for them, this is a strong class.
“Michael Mayer should be in play with the 15th pick. But it would also be understandable if general manager Brian Gutekunst doesn’t want to spend a first-rounder on a tight end. It isn’t a premium position and they could utilize the pick to address a need that’s harder to find.
“But if Darnell Washington or Dalton Kincaid fall to the Chiefs’ pick at No. 31 then the scenario in which they trade back into the first round could come into play.”
The trade proposal Ballentine suggests is as follows:
- 2023 first round pick (31 overall)
- 2023 second round pick (45 overall)
- 2023 fourth round pick (116 overall)
- 2024 third round pick
Given how many talented tight ends there are in the draft, would Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst trade up to get one? He will if it is a player that he really likes. That being said, Green Bay has not taken a tight end in the first round since the year 2000 (Bubba Franks).
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