Five bold predictions for the Green Bay Packers in the 2018 NFL Draft.
The Packers are one of the best teams in the league at keeping their draft cards close to their chest. Some first round picks in recent years have been seen as reaches and they’ve not always been approved of by Packers fans.
Some picks have been massive hits, like Kenny Clark, while others, like Datone Jones, not so much. This year the Packers are in an unfamiliar spot picking in the top half of the first round. There are plenty of defensive difference makers that can help the Packers immediately in this draft and there should be a few to choose from at 14.
What makes an already unpredictable team even less so is they’ll be run by a new GM in Brian Gutekunst this year. He came up in the Packers organization so things may not get too crazy, but the way he talked about being more aggressive in free agency shows he’s at least aware of the reputation the team has during the offseason.
The Packers were linked to plenty of big name free agents, but still missed out on all except Jimmy Graham. He tried to be more aggressive and that may pay off down the road. Will he be more aggressive in the draft too? The Packers were usually pretty conservative under Ted Thompson, but even he traded up to pick Clay Matthews.
Green Bay has the most picks of any team in the draft this year with 12. They can go in so many different directions, including up or down from pick 14 on day one. Even with all the variables at play, I think I have a good idea of what to expect from the Packers this weekend.