Packers: Ranking 2019 offseason needs by position

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GREEN BAY, WI – DECEMBER 02: Jimmy Graham #80 of the Green Bay Packers avoids being tackled by Tre Boston #33 of the Arizona Cardinals during the first half of a game at Lambeau Field on December 2, 2018 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) /

6. Wide receiver

This is a tough position to rank. The Packers have one of the league’s best receivers in Davante Adams, but behind him there is some uncertainty on the depth chart.

Randall Cobb is a free agent. Geronimo Allison is a restricted free agent but will likely be back in 2019. Rookies Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Equanimeous St. Brown have great potential but are still building trust with Aaron Rodgers.

A lot will depend on the type of wide receiver the next head coach wants. But assuming Cobb isn’t re-signed, the Packers will be searching for another pass catcher or two this offseason.

5. Cornerback

Cornerback was the team’s biggest need a year ago, and Gutekunst went a long way to improving the position. Jaire Alexander has the potential to become a star, and Bashaud Breeland can be a long-term starter in the secondary if he is re-signed. Josh Jackson has a lot to improve but has the potential to become an important part of the defensive backfield too.

The Packers have taken a big step forward at cornerback, but they are an injury or two away from being in trouble. With the right additions either through free agency or the draft, the cornerback position could become the defense’s biggest strength in 2019.

4. Tight end

Jimmy Graham has been a solid addition to the Packers offense but it’s fair to say he hasn’t met expectations, particularly considering the contract he was given. Expected to dominate in the red zone, Graham has just two touchdown catches all year.

Marcedes Lewis and Lance Kendricks are both free agents next spring. Robert Tonyan could take on a bigger role next season but he is still young with a lot to work on. The Packers’ search for a tight end continues, and after striking out multiple times in free agency, it might be time to add a rookie in the draft.