Round 1, Pick 30: TE Noah Fant, Iowa
Another big need for the Packers is at tight end. Jimmy Graham didn’t meet expectations in his first season in Green Bay, and while he’s likely to be back in 2019, Brian Gutekunst needs to find a tight end for the future. And that likely means not re-signing free agents Lance Kendricks or Marcedes Lewis.
While the draft class is strong at the tight end position, it would make sense to address the position early.
Arguably the best tight end in the class is T.J. Hockenson, but I don’t think he’ll still be available when the Packers hit the clock at No. 30. He may not even make it as far as the No. 12 pick. If he does, Gutekunst will have a tough decision to make.
Luckily, Hockenson’s teammate could also have a big impact in Green Bay. Noah Fant is possibly the best receiving tight end in the class. His Iowa teammate is the better blocker of the two, but Fant’s receiving ability alone makes him a first-rounder. With 18 touchdowns over the past two seasons and an impressive 16.5 yards per reception in 2017, this would be an exciting pick for the Packers.
Aaron Rodgers-to-Noah Fant could become a regular connection in the red zone.