Packers: An early look at the 2018 NFL Draft class

CLEMSON, SC - OCTOBER 28: Teammates Christian Wilkins
CLEMSON, SC - OCTOBER 28: Teammates Christian Wilkins /
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Tight end

1. Mike Gesicki, Penn State (6-6, 250)

2. Mark Andrews, Oklahoma (6-5, 254)

3. Troy Fumagalli, Wisconsin (6-6, 248)

4. Hayden Hurst, South Carolina (6-5, 250)

5. Adam Breneman, UMass (6-5, 255)

Other Notable TEs: Dallas Goedert (South Dakota State), Durham Smythe (Notre Dame), Dalton Schultz (Stanford), Drew Sample (Washington)

Position outlook: Unlike last year’s class, this tight end group does not appear to be all that deep, despite a few notable players.

Gesicki and Andrews are clearly the top-two prospects at the position.

Gesicki has a complete game. He’s an effective in-line blocker and can work the middle of the field as a receiver. He also has some downfield ability. He should be a day one starter in the NFL.

Andrews is probably the better receiver and a guy who can excel in a spread offense. However, he needs to make considerable gains as a blocker in the running game in order to be a complete player at the next level.

Hurst is another solid player at the position and a likely mid-round player, while Fumagalli and Brenemam are tight ends who work best out of the slot and are utilized heavily in the passing game.

Goedert is the other name to watch for. He’s a small school prospect out of South Dakota State that is generating a lot of buzz among draftniks.

Packers need: With the recent news of Martellus Bennett’s retirement after this season, the Packers could use a playmaker at the position.

Lance Kendricks should be a solid option for next year and Richard Rodgers could be brought back in the offseason, so finding an immediate starter may not be the Packers priority when it comes to the draft.

However, finding a young talent to develop at the position should still be high on their list.