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Four Downs: the Green Bay Packers have options

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We reached out to our top NFL draft gurus last week to answer your most pressing Green Bay Packers FAQs. Unfortunately… we couldn’t locate them, so you’re stuck with us yet again.

 

If you’re Brian Gutekunst, how high are you willing to trade up to select one of your top players?

Nick Shibe

I would be comfortable trading up as high as pick 19, to jump in front of Chicago for a Corner or Wide Receiver. We’ve seen Gutekunst trade up to 21 for 2 fourth round picks when he selected Darnell Savage. That late-teens to early-twenties range can be the sweet spot in this draft to get a true instant impact player in Green Bay, while not mortgaging too much of the future.

Brennen Rupp

If I’m Brian Gutekunst I’m willing to move up to 21 to snag my guy. What “guy” is that though? Because I think Greg Newsome II will be gone before the 21st pick. Are you trading up for Caleb Farley, who has medical concerns? I think Teven Jenkins will also be gone prior to the 21st pick. If the Oklahoma State offensive tackle isn’t gone, I think the Colts would take him, rather than moving down.

If I were in charge, thankfully I’m not, there would be three players I’d trade up for (for the Packers). It’s Kyle Pitts, Penei Sewell, and Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah.

Pitts and Sewell are likely Top 10 picks. The price would be way too steep for the Packers to swing that deal.

Owusu-Koramoah can do so much for a defense. He’s a linebacker by name, but he can play in the slot and he can play safety. But, I don’t see the Packers moving up for a linebacker.

Jacob Westendorf

That 21 slot appears to be the sweet spot but it makes sense. It allows Green Bay to theoretically at least keep their second-round pick and all of their picks for next season. Indianapolis is probably looking to get some picks back from the Carson Wentz trade. If a corner they like starts falling, it’ll be time to move.

Isaac Greig

If I’m Gutey, I don’t want to give up more than a third-round pick. I’d look to trade with the Titans at 22. The Titans have a surplus of needs and would likely be willing to trade out of 22 to collect an extra third-rounder.

With the talent that will likely be available, there’s no reason for the Green Bay Packers to sell their soul.

 

Who is a prospect you’ve seen mocked to the Packers that you think is a bad fit at 29?

Nick Shibe

Levi Onwuzurike. While most people already know this, I’ll say it again; this defensive line class is less than ideal at the top. With a glaring hole next to Kenny Clark along the D-Line, plenty of analysts look to find the Packers some help in the trenches with Levi Onwuzurike. My issue here is value and fit relative to need. Onwuzurike projects best as a penetrating interior defensive lineman more than the true “space eater” the Packers really need, which they can find on day 3 of the draft.

Brennen Rupp

Nobody… Is that possible to say? There are players that I wouldn’t necessarily be “thrilled” to get and Terrace Marshall Jr is one of those guys.

I’m not as high on the LSU wide receiver as other mainstream guys (albeit those guys are smarter than me). I don’t think he’s a very good route runner and I don’t see the fit with the Packers in the first round. If he’s the best wide receiver on the board at 29, I say wait and snag a guy like Amon-Ra St. Brown on day two and address another position in the first round.

Jacob Westendorf

OT Sam Cosmi – I just don’t see it. I know he’s got the measurables they typically care about, but I think that Gutekunst and company also value toughness on the offensive line. Cosmi is more of a finesse offensive tackle in the mold of previous Packers fits Andre Dillard and Ezra Cleveland. Green Bay passed on both, I think they’ll pass on that again.

Isaac Greig

Landon Dickerson is a ridiculous mock to the Packers at 29, though I’ve seen it multiple times. Don’t get me wrong, I like Dickerson but he’s not a special talent at the center position.

The fact that he’s coming off of an ACL tear worsens his fit with the Green Bay Packers. David Bakhtiari suffered from the same injury, but earlier in the year. The Packers need an immediate contributor on the offensive line – that’s not Landon Dickerson.

 

What positions are off the board for the Packers in round one?

Nick Shibe

Quarterback. That’s about it. Green Bay could add talent anywhere on this team outside of quarterback and justify the value of taking “position x” in round 1. While the Packers boast one of the best rosters in the league, they could certainly upgrade at least one spot on every level of the roster. This is a great spot to be in if you are Brian Gutekunst.

Brennen Rupp

I’m 100 percent certain the Packers will not be selecting a quarterback in the first round. I would be shocked if they took a running back in the first round, especially after giving Aaron Jones a new contract, but crazier things have happened. If Travis Etienne is still on the board and the top cornerbacks, offensive tackles, and wide receivers are all off the board, would Gutekunst be tempted to take a guy that would give the No. 1 scoring offense even more juice?

I don’t think it will happen, but I don’t think anybody thought they’d trade up for Jordan Love last season. The point being I think the only position that’s not on the table for the Packers in the first round is quarterback.

Jacob Westendorf

QB (unless Trevor Lawrence falls then yes still pick him). Running back and I really think that Is it. This Packers roster is locked and loaded for another Super Bowl run, they can afford to pick the best available player.

Isaac Greig

Quarterback… obviously. Running back is off the board as well. I thought the Green Bay Packers might be in play for a back early on, before they decided to re-sign Aaron Jones.

I’m taking tight end off the board too, but that has more to do with the talent in this draft class than the talent on the Packers’ roster. Kyle Pitts is the only first round tight end in this class but he’s not a realistic option for the Packers.

 

Who is your guy for the Green Bay Packers at pick 29?

Nick Shibe

My guy through this whole draft process has been Northwestern CB Greg Newsome II. I think he’s the best corner in this class. His tape is fantastic, and his athletic testing was insane. Newsome is the perfect scheme fit and running mate for Jaire Alexander. Questions about his ability to stay healthy could potentially make him available when the Packers are on the clock at 29.

Brennen Rupp

I’ve been locked in on Eric Stokes, the Georgia Bulldogs cornerback for quite some time. He’s a lockdown boundary cornerback that’s ready-made. He could challenge Kevin King for starting reps as a rookie and take over the starting position opposite Jaire Alexander full-time in 2022.

Jacob Westendorf

If Greg Newsome II is available, pick him. If he’s not then some things come into question. Who is the best available player? That’s really all I am looking for in this draft.
 
I also love Trevon Moehrig

Isaac Greig

I haven’t hidden my Rondale Moore man-crush. I’m a big fan but I’ve strayed a bit as I’ve completed my evals. Moore is a solid trade back option but if the Packers stay at 29 I think they should target a versatile offensive lineman.

Alijah Vera-Tucker is my guy at 29. He’s a day-one starter but on the Packers’ offensive line, we don’t have a clue where he’ll play. Vera-Tucker has the ability to start at left tackle and is the best interior offensive line prospect in this class – and it isn’t close.

Eric Stokes Jr would have been my selection if he wasn’t already Brennen’s.

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