Packers 2018 Draft: 3 players they could trade up for in first round

COLUMBUS, OH - OCTOBER 7: Denzel Ward /
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Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech

It’s hard not to love the thought of adding Tremaine Edmunds to Green Bay’s new-look defense under Pettine.

Edmunds isn’t just an outstanding athlete with great size (6-foot-5, 253 pounds), but he would also bring versatility to the Packers’ defense. While he wouldn’t be brought in primarily for his ability to rush the passer, he can be used in that role. Edmunds registered a combined 10 sacks the past two seasons.

Considering the Packers’ need for more sacks, adding Edmunds along with Muhammad Wilkerson would go a long way.

Perhaps more impressive was the fact he also added 30.5 tackles for loss in those two seasons.

Lombardi Ave’s Dan Dahlke had high praise for Edmunds, ranking him second among linebackers in this year’s class:

"“He can take on blocks and wreck plays at the line of scrimmage. He can also chase down ball carriers outside of the tackle box. Add in the fact he can also rush off the edge, and he’s a certainly one of the top defenders in this class.”"

Yes, the Packers need cornerbacks. But their current draft position gives them a rare opportunity to land a game-changing talent. Ward, the draft’s premier corner, could be off the board inside the top seven or eight picks.

But if Ward is gone and Edmunds drops far enough, the price to move up would be well worth it.