Since being named Green Bay Packers general manager, Brian Gutekunst has put together four draft classes. So far, it’s fair to say Gutekunst has a good record in the draft.
Under Gutekunst, the Packers have drafted Pro Bowlers in Jaire Alexander and Elgton Jenkins, as well as rising stars in Rashan Gary and Darnell Savage. It was also Gutekunst who drafted Marquez Valdes-Scantling, a key contributor, as well as AJ Dillon and Jon Runyan Jr., two players set for greater roles on offense in their second seasons.
Gutekunst took over as GM from the legendary Ted Thompson, and many of Thompson’s best picks are still on the roster such as Aaron Rodgers, David Bakhtiari, Davante Adams, and Aaron Jones.
Gutekunst has done a good job in his four offseasons as general manager, although his time in the role will be defined by his pick of Jordan Love and handling of Aaron Rodgers’ final years in Green Bay. If Love becomes a star, Gutekunst will look like a genius.
Gutekunst has found All-Pro talent in the early rounds, while also drafting valuable contributors later on. But not all of his draft picks are home runs. There have been plenty of mistakes made along the way too.
Tough decisions lie ahead as the Packers trim their roster down to 53 players at the end of the summer. Here are three of Gutekunst’s draft picks who could be cut.