Why the Green Bay Packers Must Trade their First Round Pick

If it wasn’t obvious before Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley was awarded his $3 million roster bonus that the Packers should trade out of the first round, it should be completely obvious now.

I had the Packers selecting Barrett Jones in the first round, however, recent news of foot injuries for Jones and the possibility that he will end up on the PUP (physically unable to perform) list to start the season, has his draft stock plummeting.

Many “experts” had the Packers also selecting between former Stanford tight end Zach Ertz or former Norte Dame tight end Tyler Eifert, but because Finley was awarded his roster bonus and will be staying in Green Bay, at least for the 2013-14 season, taking a tight end in the first round would be foolish.

Other experts have slated the Packers to take former Alabama running back Eddie Lacy in the first round. Personally, I would never take a running back in the first round unless it is a home run like Adrian Peterson, Bo Jackson, etc. The lifespan of a NFL running back is too short on which to waste a first round pick, especially in the pass-happy Packers’ offense.

That would leave us at the defensive line and linebacker positions. Personally speaking, if the Packers can’t get Margus Hunt of SMU, Alex Okafor from Texas or Kevin Minter from LSU then they shouldn’t even waste their first pick on anyone else on the defensive side of the ball.

As for the offensive line, if the Packers aren’t able to get tackle Lane Johnson from Oklahoma or tackle D.J. Fluker from Alabama then why waste the pick?

With the majority of the true “first round” talent within the top 13-17 picks, it would make no sense for the Packers to reach on a player in the first round that they could easily see in the second or third round. It would make a ton of sense for the Packers to acquire more draft picks, especially with how deep this draft is at the wide receiver, safety and defensive line positions, all positions of “need” for the Packers, to go along with the offensive line and linebacker positions.

By trading out of the first round the Packers could get another second round pick and maybe a fourth or fifth round pick. Another direction they could head in is to ask for a third, a fifth and sixth round pick all for the No. 26 pick. There are a number of options for the Packers to acquire more picks in the draft, which would be the smart route to go at this point.

All in all, the closer we get to the draft, the more obvious it is becoming that the Packers must trade out of the first round.

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  • realpacfan44

    I honestly believe its time to draft a RB in the first. If u want a solid run game u go for the best RB which is lacey. but if Tt wasn’t such a tight wad we would’ve had Lynch for a 3rd round pick years ago.

    • Pack23Life

      There are no worthy 1st round running backs in this draft, most ppl were saying eddie lacy, but he turned in a horrible work out since he couldnt do his normal pro day or combine. His 40 was a 4.57 an a 4.60 that isnt 1st round RB speed. And to make it worse The coaches ended up cutting his work out short because he was out of shape an lacked conditioning. Saw this on Path to the Draft on nfl network an the scouts they had on said they wouldnt take him in the 1st round after that kind of pro day. He even lost 12 pounds to run a better 40 n still turned in a 4.5 4.6. He also has injury issues we dont need another injury prone player

  • nicholas starling

    I also liked Barrett, but I would love to see us grab Lacy who is the type of RB the Packers love, and desperately need. Why wouldn’t they take him. If Lacy can get past our O-Line, it would make a tremendous difference for our offense’s effectiveness. It looks like they could even trade down and still get him. My first preference though would be to get D.J. Fluker and grab a RB in the 3rd or 4th. But Fluker is almost certainly gone. Oakafor doesn’t fit a 3-4 defense, and with Jones re-signing I’m not sure Thompson will go after an ILB this high. I agree though that a trade down makes sense if they decide not to take Lacy. Another 3rd rd. pick would be great.

  • Daniel Laxen

    Draft deep at WR? Are you kidding me? There are 3 legit 1st round talent WRs in this draft…Everything else is a project to say the least. That doesn’t mean that some won’t be successful, but it is limited to players that will impact a team…That’s why the WR free agent market is there…At really no other position did big paydays occur. Why? Because the draft is that bad for quality WR coming out this season…Hd other good WRs been available in Free Agency they too would be reaping the rewards of their talents…This is the worst WR class I’ve seen in a decade as far as a WR getting plenty of paying time…After Patterson, Austin, and Allen the pickins get slim…I’m not real high on the kid from Clemson, either…Hopkins tended to disappear in last year at tmes…The reason he may move up is that Gil Brandt loves him…I respect Gil, so perhaps?

  • Pack23Life

    Idk about trading out of 1st round, there are more 1st round talents out there to get than you think. There are some real nice safety’s that might be worth the pick, as well as some o-linemen that dont get much mention, plus we dont have the Packers draft board so we dont know what grades they have on each player. I know we shouldnt waste a 1st round pick on any of the RB’s since none of them stand out or are of a barry sanders emitt smith type, Eddie lacey lost his 1st round cred after the horrible make up pro-day he turned in today.