With their new coordinators and general manager, the Green Bay Packers can set their focus to the upcoming NFL draft. New GM Brian Gutekunst has big shoes to fill, as Ted Thompson’s first draft pick was Aaron Rodgers. While Gutekunst hopes he can find a player the caliber of Rodgers, his main goal will be to help get Rodgers and company back to the Super Bowl. But what position should they look to go after?
Cornerback has been a primary draft choice for the Packers over the last several years. They’ve selected the likes of Damarious Randall, Quinten Rollins, and Kevin King. Even with all those selections, the Packers pass defense has continued to struggle. Once again, that means the Packers must go after another corner in this year’s draft. More so, the Packers must find themselves a cornerback who can play press coverage at the line of scrimmage. Finding that guy will help secure the rest of the defense.
The Packers pass rush was nonexistent this season. Whether it was a four man rush or a six man blitz, the Packers could not get home to the opposing quarterback. No matter how well the offense is playing, a defense that can’t put pressure on the quarterback will get picked apart every day of the week. But when a rusher off the edge can make that quarterback’s life difficult, it’s a whole new ballgame.
Since Jermichael Finley suffered a career ending neck, the Packers have been looking for a tight end that can stretch the field in the passing game. The successful teams in the league have utilized their tight ends in the passing game. If the Packers can find a big body that can attack the middle of the field, it will make defenses have to scheme for too many options in the passing game. It was when the Packers offense historically was at its best. It’s time to find that again.