The 2018 NFL Draft is only weeks away and before we know it the Green Bay Packers will be on the clock with the 14th overall pick, looking to add another talented young player to their roster.
While the Packers could go in a variety of directions with their first pick under the guidance of new general manager Brian Gutenkunst, there are a few pressing positions of need on the roster that should be addressed early in the draft.
Green Bay certainly needs another quality cornerback in their secondary to line up alongside Kevin King and Tramon Williams. They could also use a rangy, athletic inside linebacker and a versatile safety on defense.
Turning to offense, there are holes at wide receiver, offensive tackle and tight end. And while this could be the direction the Packers ultimately go with their first few picks in the draft, adding another dynamic pass rusher should be their first priority heading into draft weekend.
Clay Matthews is on the last leg of his career. Nick Perry has an extensive injury history, and while Vince Biegel could show some promise, Kyler Fackrell has shown very little on the field for the Packers to feel confident they can depend on his development.
If the board falls right, Green Bay could find their edge rusher in the first round. However, given the limited number of first-round talents at the position, they may have to address the position on day two of the draft. They may even double up at the position and also select an edge rusher in the later rounds.
Here’s a complete breakdown of the top-20 edge rushers in the 2018 draft class.