9. Packers have their highest draft pick since 2009
Packers fans won’t have to stay up late to see the team’s first draft pick this spring. At No. 14 overall, Green Bay owns its highest draft pick in almost a decade. You have to go all the way back to 2009 when the Packers selected ninth overall.
In the eight draft classes since, the lowest the Packers have picked in the first round is at No. 21 in 2014. It’s perhaps no coincidence that year they landed Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, who has become an All-Pro and Pro Bowler in Green Bay. The Packers have picked as low as No. 32 in the first round, which was back in 2011 as a result of winning the Super Bowl.
Of course, every teams wants to be picking where the Eagles are this year. But if you don’t win a Lombardi Trophy, the higher the pick the better.
In theory, a higher draft choice increases your odds of finding a difference-maker.
Last year the Eagles selected Derek Barnett with the 14th pick. He went on to make the PFWA All-Rookie Team, and made a crucial fumble recovery late in the team’s Super Bowl victory earlier this month.
When the Packers hit the clock for the first time this spring, they will have a number of options available to them.