Packers Draft 2017: 5 Bold Moves Green Bay Could Make
4. Address offense early rather than defense
It’s no secret the Packers need help on defense at multiple positions. They could use a day-one starter at cornerback and possibly at outside linebacker if Clay Matthews makes a move back to the inside.
They also need depth across the defensive line and could stand to add some competition at inside linebacker.
However, if Thompson truly uses the best-player-available mantra, he could look to add an offensive piece rather than address the team’s defensive needs in the first round.
Guard Forrest Lamp would be a logical selection if he’s available at the 29th pick. He could be a plug-and-play starter at guard, shoring up the Packers’ offensive line.
Washington receiver John Ross is reportedly falling due to injury concerns, so it sounds like he could be available at Green Bay’s spot in the first round. If he checks out medically with the Packers’ staff, Ross would be an immediate additional weapon for Rodgers in the passing game.
There are plenty of other solid options on offense who could be around at the end of the first round, like Ole Miss TE/WR Evan Engram, Florida State RB Dalvin Cook, Tennessee RB Alvin Kamara or any of the second-tier receivers.
But ignoring the gaping holes on defense in favor of any of these offensive luxuries would certainly raise a few eyebrows around the league.