2. Missing out on Rashod Bateman, Greg Newsome II in draft
There isn’t much worse as a fan watching the draft than seeing a player you love get chosen just a couple of picks before the Packers. It happened last year when the San Francisco 49ers traded up ahead of the Packers to select wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk.
And it happened again this past April, twice in the opening round.
Cornerback was the team’s biggest need. The Packers ended up selecting Eric Stokes at No. 29. But for a moment, it looked like Greg Newsome II might have fallen. He ended up being picked No. 26 overall by the Cleveland Browns. Newsome is one of the top corners in the class and would’ve been the perfect partner for Jaire Alexander in Green Bay’s defense.
A pick later, the Baltimore Ravens hit the clock. OK, Newsome is gone, but what about the Packers land a top wide receiver in Rashod Bateman? Not so fast.
Despite picking again at No. 31, the Ravens took Bateman at No. 27 overall. And there’s good reason for that. According to Jamison Hensley of ESPN, the Ravens didn’t think he’d still be there four picks later as the Packers could’ve picked him.
It would’ve been great to see either Newsome or Bateman in Green Bay, but both players were selected just before the Packers hit the clock in the first round.