After the first wave of free agency, the Packers priority list may look a little different. Day two in free agency was filled with a wild day signing four players, and all of them are potential starters. Brian Gutekunst and the Green Bay Packers filled immediate holes which is putting them in a prime position heading into the draft. This could even give them the opportunity to make trades on draft day to gain more picks. However, if the Packers stay put, let’s look at how the first four rounds could fall into place.
Round 1, Pick 12:
Devin Bush Jr., LB, Michigan
With the Packers revamping their pass rush with Za’Darious Smith and Preston Smith, they no longer may see EDGE as their biggest need. The one missing piece on the new look defense is a difference maker at ILB. Devin Bush has proven he is the new age linebacker. He would fit extremely well in the middle of Pettine’s defense. Bush will pair well with Oren Burks coming into year two, and Blake Martinez who is a solid defender. Pettine would allow him to play to his strengths, and Bush would help anchor this defense for years to come.
Round 1, Pick 30:
Clelin Ferrell, EDGE, Clemson
Ferrell may have been a top ten pick in last year’s draft. With the way some of these guys tested at the combine, he could see his draft stock fall a little. Ferrell is a good football player, and he is a guy you can’t pass up here at 30. The Packers are no longer asking an EDGE player to come in and start and be productive. He will be able to play in a rotational role and help bolster the defense and the locker room in any way he can. This is a guy who instantly makes your football team better, and a great value pick later in round one.
Round 2, Pick 44:
Irv Smith Jr., TE, Alabama
Irv Smith Jr. is another guy who is a good football player that instantly makes your team better. The Packers need help at the tight end position, and he will instantly step into a starting role. This fills a need the Packers have had for many years. His versatility is one of his biggest attributes. He can do it all in multiple formations, and I think this is the reason the Packers and LaFleur want him in Green Bay.
Round 3, Pick 75:
Michael Deiter, OT, Wisconsin
Packer fans love some hometown guys, and Gutekunst finds a steal here with Michael Deiter. The Packers need to start looking for Brian Bulaga’s replacement. Deiter not only helps fill that role, but he also has experience playing multiple positions on the line. He is very similar to newly signed Billy Turner. They are big, strong, versatile, and athletic players. These two will help really solidify the offensive line.
Round 4, Pick 114:
Justice Hill, RB, Oklahoma State
With the first two picks and free agency being defensive heavy, this allows the Packers to long overdue draft some offensive players. Justice Hill is a player who tore up the combine. He is the slasher that would pair well with Jones and Williams. He would fit really well into LaFleur’s zone schemes, and he was also used a lot in the receiving game in college. He really rounds out the backfield and gives Rodgers another weapon.
Round 4, Pick 118:
Jakobi Meyers, WR, NC State
Jakobi Meyers is an interesting prospect. He is a former quarterback who was turned receiver three years ago. He has made big strides in his game. He has great ball skills and natural hands, and he may be the sure handed possession receiver Rodgers needs. He plays extremely tough and with no fear. His scouting report reminds me a lot of Davante Adams with the scouts really impressed with ball skills and worried about his explosiveness. We all know how that turned out for Adams. Now Meyers is a project, but he would be paired with a great mentor.