Round 1, Pick 15: Noah Fant, TE, Iowa
As he did last year, Gutekunst trades away the Packers’ opening selection, this time moving down just a few spots to No. 15. Here’s the thinking: Washington is a team in need of a quarterback, and moving ahead of the Miami Dolphins (at No. 13) could be important to get the player they want. For the price of a third-round pick, moving up three positions for a potential franchise-changing player would make sense for the Redskins.
For the Packers, all they have to do is move down three positions, and as a bonus they get to swap their second fourth-rounder for a third-rounder. Considering their original pick at No. 12 would be uses to draft a QB, in many ways it’d be like only moving down two positions.
At No. 15, the Packers add a potential game-changer of their own in Iowa tight end Noah Fant. In this mock, teammate T.J. Hockenson is already off the board as are the top defensive prospects like Ed Oliver and Devin White.
The Packers get an immediate upgrade at the tight end position, and Fant has the potential to become a top-three player at the position in the league.
And by trading away their second of two fourth-round picks and receiving an additional third-rounder in return, it’s a great move by Gutekunst.