Packers: Ranking 10 best and worst moves of Gutekunst’s tenure
By Evan Siegel
No. 4 best: Keeping offensive line in tune
The Packers were overmatched by the Buccaneers’ defensive front twice this past season. There’s not much for Packer fans to be upset about in that regard. That defensive line terrorized absolutely everyone, and put an even worse number on the Kansas City Chiefs two weeks later. The Packers remain in a healthy state across their offensive line because of several strong moves by their general manager.
Getting Billy Turner was a helpful first step. He can essentially play four different positions across the offensive line. Gutekunst also went and picked up Rick Wagner after his release from the Lions. Wagner wasn’t great but was still serviceable as a spot starter. He then drafted Jon Runyan Jr., Simon Stepaniak, and Jake Hanson in last year’s draft.
The Packers still have a very strong offensive line and are prepared for the inevitable departure of Corey Linsley and for however much time David Bakhtiari misses.
No. 4 worst: Drafting Josh Jackson
Similarly to Sternberger, this one didn’t feel like a comfortable pick for the Packers. Having drafted Jaire Alexander a round before, it appeared as though the Packers were stuck drafting a player they didn’t really want in the first place. Jackson was never a fit in Pettine’s heavy-zone scheme, and while he strangely enjoyed a very good preseason, Jackson quickly fell to the bottom of the depth chart immediately thereafter.
The Packers seemingly just threw up their arms and took who they felt was the best player left. But Jackson hasn’t made any impact whatsoever on this defense and his departure feels inevitable. A new defensive coordinator might be helpful to Jackson especially now that Kevin King is no longer in town, but he won’t be any kind of answer to the CB2 problem.