Four things Packers must do in the 2021 NFL Draft

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1. Go strong at cornerback

The hope was that the Packers would land a free-agent cornerback to take the pressure off in the draft. With talented players like Richard Sherman still available, it’s entirely possible Green Bay still will do that.

But so far, that’s not been the case, which means they absolutely have to address the position in the draft. Re-signing Kevin King isn’t the answer.

In 2018, the Packers doubled-down at cornerback by drafting Jaire Alexander and Josh Jackson in the first couple of rounds. They’re not quite in the same spot this time around as they have Alexander, an All-Pro last season, on the roster. King can begin 2021 as a starter on the outside.

But the Packers need to find a long-term starter on the outside opposite Alexander, while also strengthening the depth at the position. Josh Jackson remains one of the top backups at corner but he was a healthy scratch for much of last season. That’s hardly a sign the team has confidence in him.

Cornerback needs to be in play in the opening couple of rounds and maybe even more than once. It’s the team’s biggest need. Even more so than wide receiver a year ago, the Packers can’t afford to leave this year’s draft without bringing in at least one cornerback in the early rounds.

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