I have the Packers dipping back into the Buckeyes well again in the second round. The tight end room could very well be another thin group heading into the draft. Does Marcedes Lewis come back to Green Bay next year? If the cap is that tight, the Packers may need to cut Lewis to save where they can.
Will Robert Tonyan be back either? He signed a one-year deal back in March and can the Packers afford to bring him back? Even if they wanted to and could, will he be ready next year after tearing his ACL this season?
Jeremy Ruckert is a tight end that would fit well with the Packers. According to The Draft Networks’ Kyle Crabbs, Ruckert will be a willing and able blocker in the NFL. From Crabbs’ scouting report on Ruckert:
"“NFL size and a pro-ready frame will allow him the chance to command reps quickly once he makes the leap to the pros. This is a willing and enthusiastic blocker, too—a cherry on top for a promising but underutilized receiving threat.”"
If Lewis is gone, Ruckert would be a great player to fill in and take on a lot of the blocking duties for the Packers. His receiving ability would also fill the hole left by Tonyan if he does not come back either.
The Packers will still have Tyler Davis back in 2022 and I wouldn’t be surprised if Dominique Dafney came back either. Those are some good depth pieces that the Packers could get back under contract at a very affordable price.