Alabama’s Brian Branch is becoming a popular choice for the Green Bay Packers in 2023 mock drafts.
Branch could play multiple roles in Joe Barry’s defense, whether it’s safety or slot cornerback. Both are areas the Packers may need to upgrade this offseason.
Starting safety Adrian Amos is a free agent this spring, while Darnell Savage has been inconsistent the past couple of seasons.
Green Bay may need to address the secondary early in the draft, and Branch could be a great fit in the first round.
In a recent mock draft by Chris Trapasso of CBS Sports, the Packers select Branch with the 15th overall pick.
“Branch did everything on the back seven of Alabama’s defense this past season. He’ll be a welcomed addition to the Packers roster,” writes Trapasso.
Whether Green Bay needed Branch to replace Amos as a starting safety, or to line up in the slot, he could contribute immediately.
Another option would be to move Darnell Savage to the slot with Branch taking his starting spot at safety.
The Packers have invested multiple early-round draft picks on the secondary, but it doesn’t mean they shouldn’t do it again. If Amos leaves in free agency, safety will become one of the team’s most important offseason needs.
And Branch could contribute from Day 1. He is 10th in Pro Football Focus’ 2023 draft prospect rankings.
A starting secondary of Jaire Alexander, Rasul Douglas, Eric Stokes, Darnell Savage, and Brian Branch? That’s a lot of talent.
Safety could be a priority for the Packers in the 2023 NFL Draft, and Branch could be an ideal candidate with the 15th overall selection.
What are your thoughts? Who do you hope to see Green Bay select in the first round? Should they continue to build the defense, or is it time to use a first-rounder on offense?