April 10, 2024

Just in: Three players Packers should target in 2024 NFL Draft

The latest round of mock drafts have a familiar theme. The experts around the NFL have the Packers either going big, or small with their first-round pick.

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GREEN BAY, Wis. – The Super Bowl will be played on Sunday but, for 30 other NFL teams, the offseason is in full swing.

The Green Bay Packers started their offseason by hiring Jeff Hafley as their defensive coordinator.

There will be more moves. The Packers are still up against it from a salary cap standpoint and likely will rely heavily on the draft to add to their team in hopes to get back to the Super Bowl.

From that perspective, the focus for many NFL mock drafts has mostly been in the secondary.

That makes sense given Brian Gutekunst’s comments regarding the need to shore up the secondary at both levels of the defense.

“I think a little bit of that will be determined as we sit down with Jeff and get his vision for what we’re going to do on defense,” Gutekunst said in his postseason media availability. “But we’re going to have to add numbers there, for sure.

“think more and more in the National Football League, those positions — along with the nickel position — are becoming interchangeable positions. You ask a lot of those guys. And I also think you have to have depth because defensive backs get injured and you have to be able to adjust and be able to keep playing high-level football, no matter who’s in there.”

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If a mock draft is not taking a defensive back, they’ve been focusing on the offensive line, where the Packers could be looking for as many as three new starters if they are not satisfied with Rasheed Walker as the left tackle of the future.

Here is a look at the latest mocks.

The Draft Wire: Tyler Guyton, OT, Oklahoma

According to Curt Popejoy, Guyton is a huge, powerful blocker that is built to be a strongside tackle in the NFL.

With that line of thinking, the Packers would have an interesting decision to make with Zach Tom.

Tom was the team’s best offensive lineman by almost any measure in 2023.

If David Bakhtiari were to be released, the Packers could elect to move Tom to left tackle, while putting the massive 6-foot-7, 328-pound Guyton at right tackle to help open holes in the run game.

If Bakhtiari is on the roster when the team starts its 2024 season, it could move Tom to center, a position Gutekunst has said in the past he felt was Tom’s best.

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