Packers: Teams to potentially trade with in 2019 NFL Draft

Green Bay Packers GM Brian Gutekunst (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers GM Brian Gutekunst (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) /

Three teams the Green Bay Packers could potentially trade with in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft.

Last year, Green Bay Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst showed he’s willing to move around in the draft order with a trade.

He first traded down from the 14th pick to 27th with the New Orleans Saints, then traded back up to the 18th pick with the Seattle Seahawks to select cornerback Jaire Alexander.

With two picks in the first round, the Packers could be open to making another trade on the draft’s opening night. Let’s take a look at three possibilities.

Washington Redskins

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported last month that the Washington Redskins expect starting quarterback Alex Smith to miss the entire 2019 season.

Washington could turn to the draft to find a quarterback, but getting ahead of the Miami Dolphins in the draft order could be important. The Packers are one position ahead of the Dolphins in the first round. If Brian Gutekunst is happy to move down three positions and receive some extra picks in return, this is a trade that would make a lot of sense.

Miami Dolphins

On the flip side of that, the Dolphins could look to jump up one position to prevent another team doing just that. The Dolphins are expected to release quarterback Ryan Tannehill, according to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald.

The Dolphins could be one of the teams searching for a quarterback in the opening round. There’s a chance they could look to move into the top-10, but if a quarterback they like is still on the board when the Packers hit the clock, they could move up one spot just like the Chicago Bears did two years ago to ensure they could pick Mitchell Trubisky.

Seattle Seahawks

Just like last year, the Packers enter the draft with double-digit selections, while the Seahawks are a team potentially looking to move down and acquire more picks as they currently own just four.

So why would the Packers be willing to move up from the 30th overall pick? Moving from that position to the 21st pick could require giving up multiple mid-round selections.

For that to happen, Gutekunst would have to believe a player still on the board wouldn’t make it to No. 30. Perhaps it could be Iowa tight end T.J. Hockenson.

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Some draft analysts believe Hockenson could be a top-15 pick, but if he’s still there when the Seahawks hit the clock, the Packers could look to move up and add a potential difference-maker on offense.