Packers own the 30th overall pick in 2020 NFL Draft

2019 NFL Draft (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
2019 NFL Draft (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /

The Green Bay Packers own the 30th pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Picking 30th in the NFL Draft is like finishing fourth in an Olympic event. You perform well but miss out on the medals. Here, the Green Bay Packers don’t get the benefit of picking early in the draft, but they also missed out on the Super Bowl.

After their defeat to the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game, we now know that the Packers will pick 30th in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft.

It’s the same position they began the 2015 NFL Draft with. That year, they selected safety Damarious Randall, who played cornerback instead of safety for the Packers.

Green Bay also originally owned the 30th pick in the 2008 NFL Draft before trading out of the first round and eventually selected wide receiver Jordy Nelson with the 36th overall pick. That seemed to work out pretty well.

The Packers have had the luxury of picking inside the top-20 in the past two drafts, but they still have every opportunity to find talent at positions of need, especially given how deep the wide receiver class is this spring. GM Brian Gutekunst should be able to find multiple receivers in the draft who can help strengthen the offense.

The 2020 NFL Draft begins on April 23, which is just over three months away. We can already begin to discuss the team’s biggest offseason needs, although a lot can change prior to the draft, and those needs could change depending on how active the Packers are in free agency.

Gutekunst has been willing to trade up or down over the past two years to draft the players he wants. If there’s a wide receiver, an inside linebacker or, dare I say, a quarterback Gutekunst loves higher up the board on Day 1, could he look to trade up?

There’s a long way to go before we’ll have any idea who the Packers might go for in the early rounds of the draft, but we now know where they’ll be picking.