Packers will pick 29th in first round of 2021 NFL Draft

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Almost the entire NFL draft order is set for 2021 with only one game to play this season. The Green Bay Packers own the 29th overall pick.

Currently, Green Bay owns seven picks in this year’s draft, one in each round, although it’s highly likely the team will receive one or more compensatory picks due to losing Blake Martinez, Bryan Bulaga, and Kyler Fackrell in free agency last offseason.

Of course, owning the 29th pick is almost line finishing fourth in the Olympics 100m sprint. Despite a great run, you have nothing to show for it. At least the 31st and 32nd picks mean your team made it to the Super Bowl.

But if the Packers’ recent history is anything to go by, they won’t be picking at No. 29 overall. GM Brian Gutekunst has traded away the team’s initial first-round pick in each of his three drafts.

In 2018, Green Bay originally held the 14th pick. Gutekunst traded down to 27th in a trade with the New Orleans Saints which saw them receive a 2019 first-rounder in return. He then traded away the 27th pick from the Saints to move up to 18th for Jaire Alexander. A great pick.

The following year, with the bonus first-rounder received from New Orleans (30th overall), Gutekunst traded up nine spots to 21st to select Darnell Savage. Also looking like a great pick.

Last year, the Packers were due to pick 30th overall. We all know what happened next. Gutekunst pulled off one of the shock moves of the entire draft by trading up four spots to 26th and selecting quarterback Jordan Love. Time will tell whether this was a good pick.

If the Packers do indeed receive a few compensatory picks, it will only help them put together a package to move up if there’s a player Gutekunst wants to target earlier in the first round.

For now, at least, they will pick 29th.