Packers select safety in early 2023 NFL mock draft
A recent 2023 mock draft has the Green Bay Packers selecting a safety in the first round.
Over the past few years, the Green Bay Packers have had great continuity at the safety position.
In the 2019 offseason, the Packers signed Adrian Amos in free agency then drafted Darnell Savage in the first round. Since then, they have started a combined 95 games in the regular season.
Amos hasn’t missed a game since signing with the Packers. Savage has only missed three games in as many years.
However, Green Bay may be forced to make changes at safety in the near future, starting next offseason.
Amos is entering a contract year, meaning he will become a free agent next spring. Green Bay exercised Savage’s fifth-year option, but he will hit free agency in 2024.
It’s possible that safety could be one of the team’s biggest positional needs next offseason.
Jacob Schyvinck of NFL Mocks agrees, and he has Green Bay getting some safety help in the first round of his latest 2023 mock draft.
In the mock, the Packers use the 28th overall pick to select safety Antonio Johnson out of Texas A&M.
Johnson could immediately compete for a starting job in Joe Barry’s defense, and the Packers may need a new starter next season.
General manager Brian Gutekunst will need to think about the future. Even if Amos is re-signed, Savage would be entering a contract year in 2023.
There’s a good chance at least one of them will be gone before the start of the 2024 season.
That means safety will either become an immediate need next offseason, or the following year.
Green Bay’s secondary ranks near the top of the league, and a big part of that is their starting safety duo.
However, safety may become one of the team’s biggest needs next offseason.