2. Draft a tight end early
Even if the Packers bring back Robert Tonyan or Marcedes Lewis, they should add a tight end early in the draft. Getting Aaron Rodgers more help in the draft needs to be a priority. Of the Packers’ past 12 first-round picks, 11 have been on defensive players. The other was Jordan Love.
If Rodgers returns in 2023, we can assume either Tonyan or Lewis re-signs. Maybe both.
That would make tight end less of a need, but it should still be high on the to-do list.
It’s a deep tight end class, and many of the potential early-round picks could help the Packers’ offense.
A pass-catching tight end like Dalton Kincaid or Luke Musgrave could make an immediate impact in the receiving game. A great all-around tight end like Michael Mayer would help as a receiver, but also as a blocker.
The two Super Bowl teams showed the impact a great tight end can make.
Travis Kelce led the Kansas City Chiefs in receiving in the Super Bowl with six catches for 81 yards and a touchdown. Dallas Goedert made play after play for the Philadelphia Eagles, catching six passes for 60 yards.
Goedert’s stat sheet doesn’t tell the full story, either. He made a couple of spectacular catches to move the chains on crucial third downs.
That’s not to say a rookie tight end would make the same impact for the Packers in year one. But one of the top draft prospects like Dalton Kincaid could make a huge difference for this offense.