CB Eli Apple, Ohio State
Why it makes sense: Cornerback is a premium position and Eli Apple is one of the best prospects in the draft. It’s not a position of ‘need’, but as we learned last year at wide receiver, injuries can quickly expose what once looked like a position loaded with depth.
After losing Casey Hayward, a best player available approach could land another talented young corner to ensure the Packers have one of the strongest secondaries in the entire league.
Why it doesn’t make sense: This would be the definition of a luxury pick, and the Packers would be best off looking to find an upgrade elsewhere such as the pass rush.
Apple has been guilty of shying away when defending the run, and this could cause him to drop down many draft boards. You need guys who aren’t afraid to make a tackle.
Verdict: There’s a lot to like about Apple’s potential, but it would be a head-scratcher to see him taken by the Packers at No. 27. If he’s top of the Packers’ board then ‘In Ted We Trust’, but who would he have to pass up to land Apple?
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