Rebuild? The Green Bay Packers refused to use that word at any stage before or during the season, and they were right. Green Bay not only made the playoffs but eliminated the Dallas Cowboys and came close to taking down the San Francisco 49ers.
Last offseason was filled with unknowns. Aaron Rodgers' uncertain future took us on a journey from needing time to darkness retreats to finally committing to playing for the New York Jets. But nobody knew what to expect from Jordan Love and the beginning of a new era in Green Bay.
Twelve months on, it's a different story. The Packers' young roster far exceeded any preseason expectations, proving why they are close to competing in the NFC.
Expectations have increased, but so has the excitement for the Packers this offseason. What can we expect in the months ahead?
7. Packers will draft a running back in opening three rounds
Aaron Jones rushed for over 100 yards in five straight games, including in road playoff matchups against the Cowboys and 49ers. He left no doubt that he's still one of the league's most explosive running backs. The Packers should bring him back.
But retaining Jones shouldn't prevent them from adding another running back, especially if AJ Dillon departs in free agency. Green Bay needs to find a running back to complement Jones and potentially replace him in the future.
The Packers have the luxury of picking four times on Day 2 of the draft. It won't be surprising if they use one of those selections on a top running back like Blake Corum, Trey Benson, or Jonathon Brooks.