Five star players the Green Bay Packers had the opportunity to draft over the past five years.
Draft scouts and general managers do everything they can to predict which prospects will become star players. Green Bay Packers GM Brian Gutekunst has a good track record, having drafted Jaire Alexander, Elgton Jenkins, Rashan Gary, and Eric Stokes.
However, there will always be missed opportunities.
The Packers hit on some of their picks and miss on others. There are times when we can wonder ‘what if?’. What if the Packers had made a different choice?
Let’s look at the five previous draft classes prior to this year’s. Which five star players could the Packers have drafted?
5. WR Terry McLaurin (2019)
In the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft, Green Bay selected tight end Jace Sternberger.
The team had a need at the tight end position and hoped Sternberger could become a long-term starter.
As it turned out, Sternberger caught just 12 passes in his Packers career and was released before his third season with the team.
Just one pick after the Packers chose Sternberger, the Washington Commanders selected wide receiver Terry McLaurin.
McLaurin has made an excellent start to his career, making 222 catches for 3,090 yards and 16 touchdowns in his first three seasons. He has gone over 1,000 yards twice.
We would have seen McLaurin in the same offense as Davante Adams for three seasons, and the Packers would be far better prepared to move on without Adams this year.
Oh, how things could’ve been different.