With these free agency moves in mind, the Packers should have approached the draft with a slightly different game plan.
To this point the team could have signed Martellus Bennett, Lance Kendricks, Connor Barwin, Adrian Peterson, Jahri Evans, Tim Barnes, and Ricky Jean-Francois. The team could have passed on Davon House, as the need for defensive help should have been addressed heavily in the draft.
Round 2: Kevin King (CB, Washington)
The Packers made the right choice moving back on draft night. The team had too many players of interest to not acquire an extra pick later in the draft.
Drafting King mader the most sense here, as adding defensive back help was an absolute necessity. Sure, Dalvin Cook or Budda Baker would have been exciting, but King was a sorely-needed addition to a terrible defensive backfield.
King is the type of defensive back that has been sorely needed since Tramon Williams left. A tall, lanky corner who does not lack speed gives Green Bay a necessary piece to their secondary.
Quentin Rollins and Damarious Randall are still loaded with potential, but there was little to no doubt as to where the Packers were going to go with this draft pick.
Round 2: Alvin Kamara (RB, Tennessee)
This is where the initial strategy of signing Peterson becomes more prevalent.
Adding Peterson to the backfield provides the veteran presence, while Montgomery is the up and coming, potential star runner.
What is missing is another young, yet experienced back who excels in open space. Enter Alvin Kamara.
The Tennessee back has a potent enough combination of strength and speed to strike fear into opposing defenses. The running game would be strong with this trio. Peterson, Montgomery, and Kamara is tough to game plan for, especially when you have to worry about #12 as well.
Kamara has a very high floor coming into the NFL. A strong fundamental skill set combined with his relentless running style mixes beautifully with the receiving of Ty Montgomery, and the early-down duties of Adrian Peterson.
Round 3: (Trade up, surrender first pick of fourth round) Jourdan Lewis (CB, Michigan)
Adding Kevin King wasn’t going to be enough for the depleted secondary. Lewis was a star at Michigan, consistently shutting down opposing receivers no matter their size or speed.
Lewis’s fundamental skill, along with King’s big play potential would have made the Packers secondary deeper, healthier, and more talented.
As young as the defensive backfield is with this group of corners, the talent is there between four high draft picks, and the experienced Ladarius Gunter.
Lewis provides an insurance policy for the defense. While Kevin King figures to come in and start right away, Lewis has every opportunity to earn that role, and in the event that the injury prone Damarious Randall and Quentin Rollins are hurt, Lewis can step in and continue to perform at the level he did while at Michigan.