Brian Gutekunst and the Packers are handling business very effectively and efficient. Regardless if everyone likes their moves, these moves are setting them up to pick best available instead of reaching for need in the upcoming draft. This will allow them to improve the team as a whole instead of trying to upgrade one or two positions. He is sitting in a very capable position to do so with 12 picks. If I was Gutekunst, here is how I would help get your Green Bay Packers to Super Bowl 53:

Round 1, Pick 14:

Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama

DB / 6’1” / 201lbs

Minkah Fitzpatrick would be the glue to hold everything together in the secondary. He has the same versatility as Charles Woodson, and the best part of it is that he will allow the other players to play to their strengths. He can and will do anything that is asked of him. Fitzpatrick instantly upgrades the entire defense, and he is a steal at 14!

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Round 2, Pick 45:

Lorenzo Carter, Georgia

EDGE / 6’6” / 250lbs

Lorenzo Carter is the most rounded edge player in the draft along with having the highest upside. He fits Pettine’s scheme and style of play. He can play the 3-4 or 4-3, and he is an impressive athlete who plays with a physical presence. Carter is a combination of Perry and Matthews, and that is a man I want on my side of the ball. Another instant impact player who makes the entire defense better.

Round 3, Pick 76:

Ian Thomas, Indiana

TE / 6’4” / 259lbs

The first offensive pick is a rare athletic tight end who can be an in-line blocker as well as being flexed out. He will need some work, but his upside is huge. Thomas would be in a great spot to learn while being a part of the rotation. The Packers have not had a guy who can be used in multiple formations for multiple reasons since Jermichael Finley. Ian Thomas could be the tight end chess piece Rodgers and the offense have been missing since the last Super Bowl.

Round 4, Pick 101:

Michael Gallup, Colorado State

WR / 6’1” / 205lbs

A very interesting pick here at 101. Michael Gallup is very similar to Davante Adams coming out of college. He would be able to compete from day one for a WR3 or WR4 spot (counting Jimmy Graham as a WR). This instantly solves the question of the WR group, and having Adams 2.0 is not a bad option on the opposite side of the field. Aaron Rodgers may not miss his friends too much after all.

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Round 4, Pick 133:

Wyatt Teller, Virginia Tech

G / 6’4” / 301lbs

If Teller is not coming off of a very weird 2017 season, he could have been one of the top OL prospects in the draft. The reason this is a comfortable pick for the Packers is because of the strength and leadership of both offensive and defensive line groups. He will not have much of an option but to become the player he was in 2016 and build off of that. They will get the best version of him, and he could become the next man up in the middle of that line.

Round 5, Pick 138:

Breeland Speaks, Ole Miss

DT / 6’3” / 285lbs

Speaks is a versatile player on the defensive line. He can play multiple positions, and he plays with an aggressive chip on his shoulder. He fits the style Pettine is bringing to the Packers. He would be able to play in sub-packages and would rotate nicely with that group. His style of play fits perfectly with the others along the line, and he makes the strongest unit even stronger.

Round 5, Pick 172:

Greg Senat, Wagner

OT / 6’6” / 302lbs

Greg Senat is a very interesting prospect that will take some developmental time. Bulaga does not have too many years left, and the Packers are not sure if they have his replacement yet. Senat will start working to be Bulaga’s replacement from day one. He will be in a situation that allows him to grow and mature while learning from one of the best offensive line coaches in the business.

Round 5, Pick 174:

Kevin Toliver, LSU

CB / 6’3” / 204lbs

Toliver has all of the physical attributes to become a NFL starter, but he needs to be in the right fit to succeed in the league. I think the Packers are willing to take this risk/reward here. His upside is huge, and he should benefit from Joe Whitt Jr. along with the veteran leadership they have signed this off-season. He is a new age corner, and he would complement Kevin King.

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Round 6, Pick 186:

Dorian O’Daniel, Clemson

LB / 6’1” / 215lbs

Dorian O’Daniel could make a living off of playing special teams only. However, I do not believe that will be the case. He is the type of linebacker the NFL is shifting toward. He will need some time to develop because he was only a one year starter, but he will play in sub-packages. He will be an instant force on special teams while he develops as a linebacker which is huge.

Round 6, Pick 207:

Christian Sam, Arizona State

LB / 6’2” / 237lbs

Sam is a productive linebacker who is always around the ball. He tested almost identical to Blake Martinez coming out of college with Sam being more athletic on tape. He would be in an ideal situation learning from a player who is very similar to him. Another upgrade on special teams, and I believe he would fight for playing time as well.

Round 7, Pick 232:

Natrell Jamerson, Wisconsin

S / 6’0” / 198lbs

Natrell Jamerson is still learning the position, but he can fly. He is another player who will instantly contribute and be productive on special teams. The former Badger will be in a crowded safety room, but may replace Jeff Janis as a fan favorite while being a mad man on special teams. He has good instincts but he will need time to develop into an all-around player.

Round 7, Pick 239:

Robert Foster, Alabama

WR / 6’2” / 196lbs

Another guy who can fly, and why not attempt to make Rodgers happy with another freak athlete. Foster is a rare athlete who showed flashes in college. He needs to figure out how to become a receiver and a better football player. With his size and speed, it is too good to pass on if he is able to figure it out.


 

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