The Green Bay Packers will look to improve their defense in the fast approaching 2018 NFL Draft, but could they snag an offensive playmaker early?
To no surprise, defense will be the emphasis on April 26 at the upcoming NFL Draft.
Last season Green Bay’s defense gave up 24 points per game, 26th in the NFL. They struggled with getting pressure on opposing quarterbacks, forcing turnovers and making third-down stops.
For the first time since 2011, Green Bay was outside of the top-10 in sacks recorded. There are plenty of game-changing outside rushers that could make an immediate impact for the Packers.
Even though the Packers used free agency to bring back corner Davon House last season and then used their first pick in the 2017 NFL Draft on Kevin King (another corner), the secondary continues to be a liability and a need.
As a result of their recent defensive woes, the Packers parted ways with long-time defensive coordinator Dom Capers and hired Mike Pettine.
One thing that is certain is Pettine will need dynamic playmakers to rebuild this defense and this draft is filled with them.
However, the problems aren’t only on the defensive side.
And let’s not forget, this could potentially be the third consecutive offseason Green Bay adds a tight end.
An aggressive free agency period by general manager Brian Gutekunst could change the entire draft landscape for the Packers. In addition, prospect performances at the scouting combine could impact where they are selected.
But in the meantime, here are three players the Packers could select as they look to improve and become Super Bowl contenders again.