Packers: Ranking every Brian Gutekunst draft pick from worst to first

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Green Bay Packers, Jaire Alexander, Eric Stokes
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9. OL Royce Newman

The Packers’ 2021 fourth-round pick made an immediate impact, cashing in on a strong training camp to start 16 of the team’s 17 regular season games. There are areas for improvement, but Royce Newman impressed as a rookie.

8. OL Jon Runyan Jr.

A sixth-round pick in 2020, Jon Runyan Jr. initially impressed as a backup. In 2021, he landed a starting job at guard and played well. He should continue to improve as he enters year three.

7. CB Eric Stokes

Green Bay’s top pick last year, Eric Stokes made an impressive start with 14 pass defenses and one interception from his 14 starts. Stokes looked like a player with Pro Bowl potential.

6. RB AJ Dillon

AJ Dillon saw an increased role in year two, and he made the most of it, putting up over 1,000 yards from scrimmage and leading the Packers in rushing. He will again be a key part of Green Bay’s offense in 2022.

5. S Darnell Savage

Darnell Savage has started 46 games since being drafted in the first round of the 2019 draft. He has made 193 tackles, 26 pass defenses, and eight interceptions in that time. The Packers’ decision to pick up his fifth-year option shows their confidence in him.

4. WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling

Marquez Valdes-Scantling went from a 2018 fifth-round pick to one of the NFL’s best deep threats in 2020. That season, he averaged a league-high 20.9 yards per reception. He will be missed this season after signing with the Kansas City Chiefs in free agency.

3. EDGE Rashan Gary

Rashan Gary had 9.5 sacks, 28 quarterback hits, 47 pressures, and 20 hurries last season, according to Pro Football Reference. Still only 24 years old, Gary could soon become one of the best pass rushers in the NFL.

2. OL Elgton Jenkins

A Pro Bowl talent at all five offensive line positions. That’s rare. Elgton Jenkins has played all five spots for the Packers over the past three seasons, but his long-term future is likely at tackle. Jenkins should get a huge contract extension in the near future.

1. CB Jaire Alexander

Speaking of which, Jaire Alexander became the league’s highest-paid defensive back this offseason. A well-deserved extension for the 2020 All-Pro and Pro Bowler, who is already one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL at just 25 years old.