8. Ronnie Harrison, SS, Alabama
The Packers could go in a completely different direction and take a safety with their first pick. Even though they already selected Josh Jones in the second round last year, the team might lose veteran Morgan Burnett to free agency.
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix has also had a disappointing season and only has one year left on his contract. While I do believe the Packers will re-sign Clinton-Dix, they may part ways with Burnett in favor of Jones at the position in an attempt to make cap space for Clinton-Dix’s new deal.
Having said all of this, there could even be a scenario where the Packers bring back Burnett after this season, re-sign Clinton Dix to a second contract, feature Jones in their defense, and still select another safety with an early-round pick.
The Packers have made it clear they like to get creative with the safety position this year, and even at times feature four on the field at once. However, Kentrell Brice has been disappointing in his second year. With Jones and Burnett’s ability to play linebacker, a guy like Harrison would be a nice complement to the position.
At 6-foot-3 and 214 pounds, Harrison too can play linebacker and be a force in the box as a run defender, but he also has the speed and coverage ability to make plays against the pass. He currently leads the Crimson Tide with three interceptions and shows the range to be an effective backend defender.
Harrison’s versatility makes him a worthwhile selection, even if the Packers already have depth at safety. A defense that features Harrison, Jones, and Clinton-Dix would be exciting.
And if they managed to keep Burnett around in addition to this, then their club could form a new identity on a side of the ball that desperately needs more playmakers.