Packers: Five burning questions ahead of the 2019 NFL Draft

Green Bay Packers GM Brian Gutekunst (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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LANDOVER, MD – DECEMBER 17: Outside Linebacker Preston Smith #94 of the Washington Redskins recovers a fumble in the first quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at FedEx Field on December 17, 2017 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) /

2. Are the Packers done at edge rusher?

Considered the Packers’ biggest need at the beginning of the offseason, Gutekunst’s work in free agency eased the pressure to add a pass rusher in the draft. Free-agency signings Za’Darius Smith and Preston Smith replace Clay Matthews and Nick Perry, and the expectation is the pass rush should improve.

The question now is whether Gutekunst should continue to build on his work in free agency by drafting another edge rusher or two. And if so, when?

Top defenses win with more than two talented pass rushers, but an argument could be made that with Kyler Fackrell coming off a double-digit sack season, the Packers now have three talented pass rushers in place and can add depth on Day 2 or Day 3. Expecting similar production from Fackrell again in 2019 is a potentially risky game to play, however.

If Montez Sweat or Brian Burns is available early on, it might be difficult for the Packers to pass up one of them. That said, with the signings of the Smiths, they no longer need to force the issue at edge rusher. If a top pass rusher is there early, great, but if not they can look for depth later on.

We’ll soon find out Gutekunst’s confidence in the current group of edge rushers.