Packers 2021 Draft: Biggest needs, players to watch, draft start time

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Ready for the 2021 NFL Draft? Even if the answer is no, don’t worry. This article will help get you prepared for the Green Bay Packers‘ draft.

Last year showed us to expect the unexpected as the Packers drafted quarterback Jordan Love in the first round. Despite that, general manager Brian Gutekunst has tended to be aggressive when addressing positions of need in the draft.

When does this year’s draft begin, when will the Packers pick in the first round, and what are the team’s biggest needs?

When does it start?

The 2021 NFL Draft takes place over three days, beginning on Thursday, April 29 at 7 p.m. CT.

When do the Packers hit the clock?

The Packers are scheduled to hit the clock for the first time with the 29th overall selection in the first round. But if recent history tells us anything, it’s to pay close attention once we hit around pick 20. Brian Gutekunst has traded up three years in a row.

What are the Packers’ biggest needs?

Cornerback: Even after re-signing Kevin King to a one-year deal and bringing back Chandon Sullivan, far and away the Packers’ number one priority should be at cornerback. Finding a long-term starter opposite Jaire Alexander should be top of the list this week.

Wide receiver: Let’s try this again. The Packers didn’t draft a wide receiver a year ago but, to their credit, they finished first in scoring offense. Despite that, adding a receiver should be on the to-do list in this year’s draft, especially a slot receiver strong after the catch.

Defensive tackle: If the Packers are going to finally solidify their run defense, they need to get Kenny Clark more help along the defensive line. Again, an area they surprisingly avoided in last year’s draft.

Players to watch

It’s a good year to need a cornerback. Greg Newsome II would be the absolute best-case scenario for Green Bay in the first round but there are plenty of talented corners who could be available at No. 29 including Caleb Farley, Asante Samuel Jr., or Eric Stokes.

Like last year, it’s a deep wide receiver class. The Packers could have many first-round options including Kadarius Toney, Terrace Marshall Jr., or Rashod Bateman.

Along the defensive line, there will be players to watch such as Christian Barmore and Levi Onwuzurike early on.

Recommended reading

For great Packers coverage throughout the draft, be sure to check out our friends at Dairyland Express.

For more NFL Draft content, there are great places to visit regularly such as FanSided, NFL Spin Zone, NFL Mocks, and With the First Pick.

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