Packers: Five bold predictions for the 2018 NFL Draft

CHESTNUT HILL, MA - OCTOBER 07: Harold Landry /
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4. The Packers draft a quarterback

A reason the Packers not only might, but should, draft a quarterback is similar to why I think they’ll draft a running back. You can never have too much talent. That’s simple. But unlike the running back position which is already a strong group, the backup quarterback position is not.

We all know the Packers aren’t taking a quarterback to compete with Aaron Rodgers. Anybody they take, even if it happens to be a guy in the first round, will be to compete with Brett Hundley and DeShone Kizer for the backup job. Quarterbacks worthy of a late pick are Logan Woodside, Jeremiah Briscoe and Kurt Benkert.

In a post I wrote earlier this offseason, I talked about how the Packers can’t just hand the keys to the backup job to Hundley again. They needed to find him some competition. Sure enough, they did exactly that. Kizer is a project, but he’s still capable of winning the QB2 spot in camp.

But why stop there? Joe Callahan likely won’t make it through another year on the practice squad in Green Bay, and Hundley is going into the last year of his rookie contract. While it may not be fun to pick up another quarterback this offseason, it’s the right investment to make at the position.

Going into 2019 the quarterback room could be just Rodgers and Kizer. In the event the Packers need Kizer to take meaningful snaps in 2019, he can’t just have the job handed over. Whoever the backup is this year, next year and every year moving forward needs to earn that job. Picking a quarterback in the draft helps make that happen. And who knows what they might stumble into.