The Green Bay Packers have had a strange offseason so far, to say the least. Brian Gutekunst, the team’s general manager, has only made three additions to the roster in free agency. Those additions are linebacker Christian Kirksey, offensive tackle Rick Wagner, and wide receiver Devin Funchess.
Rumors were swirling before the start of free agency that the Packers were going to aggressively pursue tight end Austin Hooper. He ended up signing with the Cleveland Browns soon after the negotiation window opened. Emmanuel Sanders received a ton of interest from the Packers, but he chose to sign a two-year deal with the New Orleans Saints.
Coming away with the three players mentioned above in free agency isn’t exactly what the Packers had in mind. However, Kirksey has a ton of talent and Funchess could actually be a nice sleeper addition for Green Bay.
Now, the Packers are going to need to nail the 2020 NFL Draft. Gutekunst needs to add talent and he can’t afford to miss on prospects, especially in the earlier rounds. There will be quite a bit of pressure for the Packers with the No. 30 overall pick.
All of that being said, let’s dive in and take a look at two huge needs the Packers must focus on in the upcoming NFL draft.
Let’s start this off with the position that everyone knows the Packers still need to address. Funchess may have the potential to be a quality addition, but Green Bay can’t bank on it. They need to bring in a young talent with long-term potential as well.
Davante Adams is one of the top wideouts in the entire NFL and very few will argue against that statement. Allen Lazard showed potential last season for the Packers, but they need an upgrade. Funchess is unproven, although he does have big potential.
Bringing in a guy like Denzel Mims or Justin Jefferson at No. 30 would make a lot of sense for the Packers. If they choose to wait until the second or third round, things could get interesting for Aaron Rodgers and the offense.
The other position of need for the Packers is inside linebacker. Yes, the Packers went out and signed Kirksey, who has a ton of talent. However, he has struggled with injury issues in a big way over the last two seasons.
Looking at the talent available, there are quite a few players that could make sense for Green Bay. In the first round, they could target Oklahoma’s Kenneth Murray or LSU’s Patrick Queen if they are available. The second round has an intriguing talent as well in Jordyn Brooks.
If the Packers want to right the ship defensively, they need another inside linebacker to provide depth and a major impact. Kirksey staying healthy would be a big step in the right direction, but drafting an inside linebacker in the first few rounds should be a priority as well.