With the main free agency period over, teams across the NFL have set their focus on improving their roster through the NFL draft. The Green Bay Packers made some surprising moves, good and bad, during free agency, leaving some holes in the roster. With some glaring needs that need to be addressed, here is who I believe the Packers will select in the first three rounds of April’s NFL draft.
Round 1: Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford
As Eddie Lacy has moved on to the Seattle Seahawks, the Packers are now faced an interesting decision. Do they continue to use Ty Montgomery as their wide receiver turned running back, or do they target someone in the draft? I think the latter with the selection of Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey. While his lack of bench presses (10) at the NFL Combine might be a red flag, his versatility on the field is what makes him a perfect fit for the Packers. McCaffrey rushed for 1,600 yards in 2016 while also catching 37 passes for 310 yards. McCaffrey can run in between the tackles or operate in the open field, making him a fit for the Packers in the first round.
Round 2: Cordrea Tankersley, CB, Clemson
Along with Lacy, Micah Hyde also left the Packers during free agency. Hyde’s departure now leaves a major void in the Packers secondary, which was already weak to begin with. As a part of Clemson’s National Championship winning team, Tankersley gave the Tigers solid production, intercepting ten passes and breaking up ten. Standing at six-foot-one, Tankersley’s size makes him a good matchup against the taller receivers in the league. His 4.40 second 40-yard dash time also means he can keep pace with deep threats, which the Packers had major issues with last season. The Packers need secondary help, and the addition of Tankersley would be an upgrade.
Round 3: Ethan Pocic, OG, LSU
Perhaps the top of all shocking moves the Packers made during free agency was not resigning longtime offensive guard T.J. Lang. Unlike when the Packers released Josh Sitton, there is not a clear replacement plan for Lang. That likely means the Packers will be looking for Lang’s replacement in the draft. Pocic has some size at six-foot-six, weighing at 310 pounds. At LSU, Pocic blocked for Leonard Fournette, who is one of the top three running back’s in the draft. Pocic has experience as he has been a starter since his sophomore year. Selecting Pocic would fill another big need for the Packers. They need to select him in the third round.