Mark Murphy and other Green Bay Packers front office staff have wrapped up the NFL Owners meetings. Throughout these meetings, fans have learned much about what has gone down this offseason. This has included from learning how much Aaron Rodgers knew about the Davante Adams situation before he signed his extension. It also included the revelation that Detroit will host the 2024 NFL Draft. At the end of the meetings, Packers CEO Mark Murphy left fans with this cryptic quote: “I’ll just say this draft is going to be very interesting.”
“I’ll just say the draft is going to be very interesting.” — Mark Murphy.
The Packers are up to something and both Matt LaFleur and Murphy have hinted at how unexpected things can happen. 🧐
— Peter Bukowski (@Peter_Bukowski) March 30, 2022
What Will Be Interesting?
As many fans are aware, the Green Bay Packers have not drafted a wide receiver in the first round since 2002. That offseason, they were in a very similar position that the current team is in now. The team’s top three wide receivers were either released or left via free agency. Part of their remedy was drafting Javon Walker in the first round, who had just 319 receiving yards in his rookie season.
This year, the Packers lost Davante Adams and Marquez Valdes-Scantling. In return for Adams, the Packers received the Raiders’ first and second round picks in this year’s draft, giving them four picks in the first two rounds. Wide receiver is just one of the team’s needs, though it is certainly the one getting the most attention. Many experts feel that the Packers should (and will) will use at least one of those first round picks on a wide receiver. However, beyond the first round, things could really get interesting.
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What Are the Packers Needs?
Besides wide receiver, the Packers need depth at offensive line. Lucas Patrick and Billy Turner are gone. Elgton Jenkins will miss part of the season as he recovers from a torn ACL. It would make sense for the Packers to take an offensive lineman or two in the top half of the draft. Additionally, the team has just one safety under contract after the 2022 season: Vernon Scott. While Adrian Amos is one of the best safeties in the NFL, there is no guarantee he is in Green Bay beyond this season. Darnell Savage also has one year left on his rookie deal. The Packers could exercise his fifth year option, but even doing so does not solve the need for depth.
For a full explanation of Green Bay’s draft needs and what players could fill them, check out our first mock draft.
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