The option of picking Byron Murphy or DeAndre Baker at pick number 30 is the most sound option. Sure, it’ll be tough to hand in their name to the commissioner if play makers like T.J. Hockenson and Noah Fant are still on the board, but this pick would immediately improve the Packers defense.
You might not see it based on the latest mock drafts, but the Packers need a lot of help in their secondary. At the end of last season, Micheal Renner of Pro Football Focus ranked the Packers secondary 27th in the league. If that isn’t bad enough, imagine how scary that comes now that Breeland is gone.
The addition of Adrian Amos could soften the blow a bit, but the puzzle of a secondary is nowhere near complete. There’s potential in the young core that leads it now, but it requires more depth. To put the last pieces to complete a pretty dangerous looking defense, Green Bay should sacrifice one of their picks to address the position. Yes, that could even mean spending one of their first-round picks to do so.
Sure, it might not be the best look to see the Packers burn up yet another top pick in draft on the same position two years in a row (they took CB Jaire Alexander with the 18th pick and CB Josh Jackson at 45 last year), but it is the safest option. It would give Mike Pettine flexibility. It would fix the secondary. It would overwhelm quarterbacks. It would stress out opposing offensive coordinators.
Most of all, it would be the best decision for the Packers heading into the draft.