Could Packers trade into top 10 of 2022 NFL Draft?

Green Bay Packers, Brian Gutekunst (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
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Could the Packers make a trade into the top 10 work?

Green Bay Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst hasn’t been afraid to trade up for prospects he likes in the first round of the draft.

Gutekunst traded up for Jaire Alexander in 2018, Darnell Savage in 2019, and Jordan Love in 2020.

If there’s a prospect Gutekunst believes can help the Packers and is in their range to trade up, he is happy to make a deal.

What if Gutekunst believes there’s a prospect who can help the Packers in a huge way but feels he would need to move into the top 10? Can Green Bay pull it off?

The short answer is yes.

Is it realistic for Packers to trade into top 10?

Green Bay will enter next Thursday’s first round with two picks, the first at No. 22 and the other at No. 28.

But what if there’s one player Gutekunst loves?

Maybe a wide receiver like Drake London or Garrett Wilson. Perhaps an edge rusher like Jermaine Johnson II or George Karlaftis. Or a defensive lineman like Jordan Davis. Who knows?

Maybe Gutekunst believes that one player could take the Packers’ offense or defense to the next level, but to have any chance of landing that prospect, Green Bay needs to trade into the top 10.

What would it cost?

According to Drafttek’s trade value chart, Green Bay’s two first-rounders are worth a total of 1,440 points.

Using this chart as a guide, Gutekunst would ideally trade for a top pick with a value around 1,440.

The New York Jets’ No. 10 pick is worth 1,300 points. It’s entire possible the Packers could get there, especially considering the Jets will have already picked at No. 4.

The No. 9 selection, owned by the Seattle Seahawks, is worth 1,350 points. That’s also in range.

Even the Atlanta Falcons’ No. 8 pick is possible, valued at 1,400 points.

Of course, the trade value chart is just a guide and the Packers would need one of these teams to agree to move down. But in terms of a fair deal, Green Bay could move as high as No. 8.

The New York Giants’ No. 7 pick is valued at 1,500 points. That may prove a step too far for the Packers.

So, if one of the Falcons, Seahawks, or Jets were open to trading down into the 20s, a deal could possibly be made. Without needing to trade away any Day 2, Day 3, or future picks, the Packers could move into the top 10.

Would you swap the No. 22 and No. 28 pick for a top-10 selection?