Early 2020 mock draft has Packers going offensive tackle in first round

2019 NFL Draft (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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FanSided’s latest 2020 NFL mock draft has the Green Bay Packers going with offensive tackle Trey Adams in the first round.

The Green Bay Packers have taken a defensive player with their first draft pick for the past eight years. It’s about time that changed.

Considering the number of free agent signings and early draft picks the defense has, the Packers could decide to shift over to offense with their first selection in the 2020 NFL Draft in April.

That’s exactly how Patrick Schmidt of FanSided sees it playing out. He has put together an early 2020 mock draft, which is a great way to get an idea of who the top prospects could be in next spring’s draft.

With the 23rd overall pick, Schmidt has the Packers going with Washington offensive tackle Trey Adams.

I think this would be a smart move for the Packers, even if Bryan Bulaga ends up re-signing next offseason. Bulaga is a free agent and will be 31 years old, but if he keeps playing at an elite level, it’ll difficult for the Packers not to offer him a short-term deal.

But even if they do keep Bulaga, finding a long-term starter at right tackle would be a good decision. Schmidt points out in the article that Adams was once considered a top-10 pick, but he’s since dealt with injuries.

Green Bay currently has an elite tackle duo of David Bakhtiari and Bulaga. But if this is going to be Bulaga’s final season for the team, they’ll need to find a replacement for 2020. While it’s possible that player is already on the roster, such as Billy Turner, it’d also make a lot of sense to use an early-round draft pick at the position.

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Let’s just hope the Packers don’t go with an edge rusher, safety or cornerback in the first round of next year’s draft. That would probably mean one or two additions this offseason haven’t played as well as they’d hoped.