One of the biggest and most important off-seasons in Packers history is beginning to heat up. Free Agency is going to be instrumental in the Packers decision making in the 2019 NFL Draft. The NFL Combine also plays a huge part in the draft. Prior to both of these things, let’s take a look at what Brain Gutekunst, Matt LaFleur, and the Green Bay Packers can do to fill some of their big holes moving forward in the draft.
Round 1, Pick 12:
Clelin Ferrell, EDGE, Clemson
I believe at pick 12, the Packers should ask one question: Who is the best football player available who fills our biggest need? I also believe the answer is Clelin Ferrell. He may not be the best “specialty” rusher or have the highest SPARQ rating, but the film will show he is the best overall football player. The Packers need more football players who are hungry to win. Ferrell is a guy who returned to Clemson after being mocked to go in the first round of the 2018 Draft. He wanted to return and lead Clemson to a National Title, and he did. That is a guy I want on my team and in my locker room.
Round 1, Pick 30:
Irv Smith Jr., TE, Alabama
The Packers need to fix the tight end position. I am not talking with scotch tape and bubble gum either like they have tried to do the last few years. This is the year to do it. Irv Smith Jr. is arguably the most complete tight end in the draft. He has proven he can stay in line and block or be split out one on one to create a mismatch. He is an every down player who has a very bright future. He could be the piece this offense has been missing since Jermichael Finley.
Round 2, Pick 44:
Erik McCoy, OL, Texas A&M
Erik McCoy will fill two needs instantly. He will become the backup center and a starting guard. McCoy already has the ability to be a starter from day one, but his ceiling is much higher. He is a great overall football player and excels in both run and pass blocking. This is very important with LaFleur’s offense. The linemen will now be asked to do more than pass block. McCoy is a young, athletic, and powerful man who can help anchor the interior line for years to come. Not to mention, he likes to play mean.
Round 3, Pick 75:
Darnell Savage, FS, Maryland
We know from 2018 Gutekunst loves players with extreme SPARQ ratings. Now is the time to get back to what you value in players. Darnell Savage is a guy who I think will put up great numbers. He is a corner turned safety because of his coverage skills. He is versatile enough to play single high or come down and guard in the slot. The Packers have been missing a center fielder for years. Savage has the tools to fill that need. His biggest strength (coverage) is just what they need to help shore up the secondary. Plus, who doesn’t love a guy with the last name Savage.
What do you think? Who are you hoping to see the Packers draft on days 1 and 2?