Round 2 (45): Will McDonald IV, EDGE, Iowa State
The Packers stick with defense in the second round. While edge rusher might not be Green Bay’s biggest offseason need, it is an area the team should address early.
Joe Barry’s defense made only 34 sacks last season. To become Super Bowl contenders, that number needs to rise dramatically.
The Philadelphia Eagles (70 sacks) and Kansas City Chiefs (55) ranked second in the league for sacks. That’s where the Packers need to get to.
Rashan Gary’s return from injury will help, as will Kingsley Enagbare’s development. Preston Smith will be back after the Packers restructured his contract.
Iowa State’s Will McDonald IV could make an immediate impact for the Packers. He would be an excellent choice if he’s still there at No. 45.
McDonald has made 27 sacks and 33.5 tackles for loss over the past three seasons.
“The Iowa State product clearly was the best edge rusher at this year’s Senior Bowl and surely raised his draft stock as a result,” wrote The Draft Network’s Jack McKessy.
McDonald wouldn’t necessarily need to start immediately, making an impact as Green Bay’s number three pass rusher behind Rashan Gary and Preston Smith.
With the addition of McDonald, the return of Gary, and the development of Enagbare, the Packers would have great pass-rush depth.