3. Will the Packers go tight end early?
Tight end remains a major need for Green Bay entering the draft, but there is depth at the position in this year’s class. That won’t necessarily stop Gutekunst from addressing the position early on, nor should it. The trio of T.J. Hockenson and Noah Fant (both from Iowa), and Irv Smith Jr. (Alabama), could all be first-round selections. There’s a chance Smith could fall to No. 44, but Hockenson and Fant will almost certainly be Day 1 picks.
Will the option of bringing in a dominant pass-catching tight end to catch passes from Aaron Rodgers tempt Gutekunst to make an early move at the position? Or will he decide to wait until later and address other areas of need in the early rounds?
As is always the case in the draft, it’ll come down to the board. As noted in Culligan’s article earlier, a worst-case scenario could still see Fant available at No. 12. But if Gutekunst also has the choice of Ed Oliver, Brian Burns or Montez Sweat, for example, the odds of selecting a tight end first would likely decrease.
The Packers should add a tight end at some point, but will they be willing to use an early pick at the position?