After going all-defense in the first round in recent years, will the Green Bay Packers finally use a first-round pick on offense in 2020?
In his first two offseasons as Green Bay Packers general manager, Brian Gutekunst has made it clear he’s not afraid to take a few risks, and he has also made many moves we would never see from former general manager Ted Thompson.
An early 2020 NFL mock draft by Draft Wire predicts that Gutekunst will once again make a move in the draft we wouldn’t see from Ted, and that’s draft a running back in the first round.
In the mock draft by Luke Easterling, the Packers pick at No. 22 in the first round and select Georgia running back D’Andre Swift.
It’s an interesting choice, as it would suggest one of two things. Either Gutekunst believes Swift is the best player on the board and doesn’t want to pass up the opportunity to draft him. The other possibility would be that the Packers’ running game struggles in the 2019 season.
The Packers are set to enter the new season with a trio of Aaron Jones, Jamaal Williams and rookie Dexter Williams at running back.
Swift could certainly be an exciting addition to Matt LaFleur’s offense. And after rushing for 1,049 yards and 10 touchdowns last season, and also finishing with three receiving touchdowns, Swift is going to be a player to watch in 2019.
We’re still a long way from the 2020 NFL Draft, and we can hope that the Packers will enter the draft with the No. 32 pick as Super Bowl champions. But it’s still fun to look at some early mock drafts as it shows who draft analysts believe will be the top prospects in the class next spring.
After focusing on defense twice in the first round this year, it’s absolutely possible Brian Gutekunst and Matt LaFleur will want to use the first pick on offense next offseason. Could the Packers use a first-round pick on a running back?