Regardless of who is at quarterback next season, the Green Bay Packers need to upgrade the tight end position.
Green Bay could lose free agents Marcedes Lewis and Robert Tonyan, leaving the team incredibly thin at tight end.
The good news? It’s an ideal time to need a tight end. It’s a great draft class.
Maybe the Packers find their new TE1 in the first round this April.
NFL Spin Zone’s Randy Gurzi believes it’s a possibility. In his post-Super Bowl mock draft, the Packers land Notre Dame tight end Michael Mayer at No. 15 overall.
Mayer has been a popular choice for the Packers in mock drafts so far this offseason. Why? Because he can do a bit of everything.
He can block. He can catch passes. Mayer has all the tools to become a quality starter, and that’s exactly what the Packers need.
The Packers could lose a pass-catcher in Robert Tonyan and an excellent blocker in Marcedes Lewis. Mayer would help fix both areas.
“Mayer might need to polish his route running to become a high-volume target, but he’s a safe pick and will be a good pro who can become a plus player as a run blocker and pass catcher,” wrote NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein.
Should Green Bay use a first-round pick at the tight end position, despite the depth in this year’s class?
The team may prefer to add a top pass rusher, safety, or even wide receiver early on, before addressing tight end later.
But it all comes down to how much GM Brian Gutekunst and his staff grade the tight end class. If they have a first-round grade on a player like Mayer, it would make sense. Especially as tight end is a position of need.
Green Bay desperately needs an upgrade at the position. Perhaps Michael Mayer can provide that.