What are the Green Bay Packers’ biggest needs ahead of an important offseason?
This is one of the Green Bay Packers’ biggest offseasons in recent memory.
After replacing Ted Thompson with Brian Gutekunst as general manager, hiring Mike Pettine to take over from Dom Capers as defensive coordinator, bringing back Joe Philbin as the offensive coordinator among a handful of other coaching changes, the Packers have to get this right.
Green Bay could enter April’s draft with as many as 12 draft picks. Outside of the seven the team will receive in each round, it could also land four compensatory picks. Assuming the conditions were met in the Packers’ trade with the Bills for linebacker Lerentee McCray in 2016, they will also receive another seventh-round selection.
Aaron Rodgers’ broken collarbone exposed a number of issues the Packers have at various positions. While his return will help mask many of those flaws, to advance deep into the playoffs they must get better across the board.
Gutekunst spoke about wanting depth and competition at every position in his opening press conference. It’s now on him to ensure that happens.
The next few months will be crucial for the Packers’ Super Bowl chances in 2018. If they can sign a few playmakers on both sides of the ball and add necessary depth, they will be ready to mount a serious challenge next season.
What are the Packers’ biggest needs this offseason?