Three big draft mistakes the Green Bay Packers have made in recent years that are hurting the current team.
The NFL Draft isn’t a science. Getting every pick right is impossible, and the same is true for the Green Bay Packers.
However, success in the draft over multiple years helps teams build competitive rosters. For contenders, it can be important to hit on potential difference-makers that can help the team reach the next level.
Packers GM Brian Gutekunst has made some excellent moves in his first five draft classes. He brought Jaire Alexander, Rashan Gary, and Elgton Jenkins to Green Bay, three superstars at their respective positions.
However, Gutekunst hasn’t got it all right. Here are three of his biggest mistakes that are hurting the 2022 team.
3. Drafting Josh Myers ahead of Creed Humphrey
This is less to do with Josh Myers’ potential and more about how good Creed Humphrey is.
In 2021, the Packers needed a new center following the departure of All-Pro Corey Linsley in free agency. In the second round, Gutekunst opted for Ohio State center Myers.
It was a surprise at the time as Oklahoma’s Humphrey remained on the board, and the Kansas City Chiefs gladly selected him one pick later.
Myers only started six games as a rookie due to injury, although he has played every game this season. He has become a solid starter in Green Bay’s offensive line. According to ESPN, Myers ranks fifth in pass block win rate among centers this season.
However, Humphrey is already one of the league’s top players at the position. He is fourth in pass block win rate and first in run block win rate among centers this season, per ESPN. Last year, he led the league in pass rush win rate and was fifth in run block win rate.
Humphrey made the PFWA All-Rookie Team in 2021 and was second in Pro Football Focus’ center rankings this past offseason.
While Myers is a solid starting center for the Packers, they missed out on a star in Humphrey.