Packers: An early look at the 2018 NFL Draft class

CLEMSON, SC - OCTOBER 28: Teammates Christian Wilkins
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1. Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama (6-1, 202)

2. Derwin James, Florida State (6-3, 215)

3. Ronnie Harrison, Alabama (6-3, 214)

4. Marcus Allen, Penn State (6-2, 207)

5. Armani Watts, Texas A&M (5-11, 205)

Other Notable Safeties: Quin Blanding (Virginia), Godwin Igwebuike (Northwestern), Brandon Bryant (Mississippi State), Donnie Miles (North Carolina), Kyzer White (West Virginia), Van Smith (Clemson), Tray Matthews (Auburn)

Position outlook: Safety is one of the deeper positions in the 2018 draft class.

Alabama products Fitzpatrick and Harrison are both special players who could land in the first round. Fitzpatrick might even be a top-10 talent by the time the year is over.

On the contrary, James has had a bit of a disappointing year. He entered the season as a potential top-five talent, but he does disappear for stretches in games and his lack of big-play production could cause him to slide down the draft board.

Allen is a physical downhill safety who excels in run support, while Watts is a coverage player that is at his best dropping back and breaking on the ball as a deep defender.

Blanding, Igwebuike, and White are all big downhill safeties who excel playing near the line of scrimmage and could land in the early rounds of the draft.

Packers need: After this season, the Packers could lose veteran mainstay Morgan Burnett to free agency.

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix also only has one more year on his contract.

Given how inconsistent Kentrell Brice has been as the team’s third safety, the Packers may not want to solely depend on Josh Jones to be the answer at the position.

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Green Bay could be in the hunt for another safety in the draft. I wouldn’t be surprised if they brought in another safety with size and speed to line up in the box as an inside backer.

Guys such as Harrison, Allen, and White could garner particular attention from a team like the Packers.