Round 2 (Pick 46): Sam Hubbard, DE/OLB, Ohio State
More than anything, the Packers could simply use Sam Hubbard’s size. Hubbard stands tall at 6-foot-5, 266 pounds, yet is athletic enough to get around the edge and to the quarterback. Since the Packers were never able to defend a mobile quarterback under Dom Capers, they need to find more gap-disciplined defenders who can get up the field off the snap or move well enough laterally to string out a sweep.
Hubbard has flashed superstardom at moments, and then shown inconsistency at others. What he has going for him however is his elite size. What he lacks are the more coachable traits that could have get him picked even higher, something a new defensive staff will have the task of teaching him.
His underwhelming numbers should keep him on the board long enough to fall to the Packers into the middle of the second round. The Packers would love to take safeties DeShon Elliott or Terrell Edmunds here, but they simply have to prioritize finding stronger, more durable athletes that they can actually keep on the field.
Round 3 (Pick 78): Ronald Jones II, RB, USC
Ronald Jones has been a pretty complete runner for USC. The Trojans gradually mixed him into the offense more and more as Sam Darnold’s inconsistencies began to become a larger and larger problem. Jones was a dark horse Heisman candidate towards the middle of the season before Baker Mayfield ran away with it.
The Packers once again haven’t solved their problem at running back. Two of their rookie runners from this year, Jamaal Williams and Aaron Jones, looked very promising at different parts of the season.
Jones battled injuries after his breakout performance against the Cowboys in Week 5. The Packers can’t rely on either of them staying healthy however, and should look to add one more young body to the mix. Devante Mays doesn’t look like he is going to be making the team next year, and the team clearly has no idea what to do with Ty Montgomery. Roland Jones is an ideal add here.