The Packers find themselves in a great position heading into this year’s 2019 NFL draft.
They’ve got two first round picks: pick 12, and pick 30.
As we get closer and closer to the draft, it’s been harder and harder to pin down just what the Packers might do with those two picks (if they decide to actually draft at those two spots instead of trading out of one or both.)
Among the needs and potential targets for the Packers, are offensive and defensive linemen and edge rushers.
Many names have been mocked to the Packers over the past few weeks.
Along the defensive line, Brian Burns, Montez Sweat, Clelin Ferrell, Chase Winovich, Anthony Nelson, Jachai Polite are some of the names being mentioned. Ed Oliver, Jeffery Simmons, Jerry Tillery, Christian Wilkins, Dexter Lawrence, and Rashan Gary are some of the other defensive lineman the Packers could be targeting.
“That’s the exciting thing to me. There’s not just one, there’s multiple, so you don’t have to trade up to go get one. There are at least 5 difference makers in this draft, and so, you can stay where you are, and if the guy you don’t like best isn’t there, it’s not a big drop off between number one and number five. So there are a lot of options that can step in right away and harass other people’s quarterbacks,” said Stanford Head Coach David Shaw.
On the other side of the trenches, the Packers could be looking for someone to help protect Aaron Rodgers.
Bryan Bulaga has dealt with injury issues and may be on the back end of his career, and it’s not a very deep group. Lane Taylor also struggled with injuries last season.
Names the Packers could target in the first round include: Jonah Williams, Jawaan Taylor, Andre Dillard, Dalton Risner, Chase Lindstrom, Cody Ford, Greg Little.
Only time will tell what the Packers will do. The first round of the NFL Draft starts at 7 p.m. Thursday night, and you can watch it right here on WAOW.com.