Less than three weeks until the Green Bay Packers hit the clock for the first time in the 2021 NFL Draft, let’s take a look at areas they need to address at some point during the three-day event.
After reaching consecutive NFC Championship Games but not quite having enough to go all the way, this team is clearly talented and close to returning to the Super Bowl. A lack of cap room limited the Packers in free agency but they will now look to strengthen the roster during the draft.
General manager Brian Gutekunst shocked the world by drafting a quarterback, running back, and tight end/fullback in the first three rounds a year ago, but he’s got a good track record having drafted Jaire Alexander, Elgton Jenkins, Darnell Savage, and Marquez Valdes-Scantling, just to name a few.
What must the Packers do in the 2021 NFL Draft? Here’s a four-step to-do list.
4. Strengthen the defensive line
The Packers’ plan seems to be to keep as much of the 2020 team together as possible, and that has included the defensive line. Dean Lowry remains under contract while Green Bay has also brought back free agent Tyler Lancaster.
That’s all well and good but that doesn’t take away from the fact they need to add talent at some point. Kenny Clark has been doing it all by himself for a few years now and the defensive line has struggled as a result. Get Clark some help.
Maybe the Packers believe they’ll be able to sign a free agent to a one-year deal before or after the draft, but that’s the same approach they took last year without much success. Getting some defensive line help needs to be a priority in the draft.