2. Trading for a 2019 first-rounder
The move: The Packers traded away the 14th overall pick in April’s draft, receiving New Orleans’ 27th pick, as well as a 2019 first-rounder in exchange. The Saints selected edge rusher Marcus Davenport, while the Packers traded back up to 18 to select cornerback Jaire Alexander.
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Analysis: Brian Gutekunst isn’t afraid to make a bold move or two. In his first draft, he looked like a veteran. Gutekunst was confident he could move back up to No. 18, as the Seahawks were desperate for more picks. Maybe he already had an agreement in place.
As a result, the Saints were forced to give up a first in next year’s draft. That’s a high price to pay when you’re not trading up for a quarterback. While it’s likely the Saints will make the playoffs, meaning the pick the Packers receive will be in the 20s, that’s no guarantee.
Imagine a year ago the Packers had traded away their 2018 first-round pick. No big deal, right? It will be around pick 25 anyway. But then Aaron Rodgers breaks his collarbone, the team finishes 7-9 and receives the 14th overall pick. Anything can happen.
The Packers ended up with the player they wanted in Jaire Alexander. But Gutekunst was also able to land a future first-round pick. At worst, they will receive the 32nd overall selection from New Orleans, which would be a nice bonus. But what if the Saints somehow earn a top-10 pick?