Brian Gutekunst explains Packers' decision to draft Jordan Morgan

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The Green Bay Packers surprised a few people by taking Arizona offensive lineman Jordan Morgan in the first round of the 2024 NFL Draft.

While Morgan was considered an early second-round pick, the Packers didn't want to risk losing him if they traded down. That's the sign that they got their target. Fans were understandably disappointed at not landing Cooper DeJean, who was still on the board, but Morgan makes a lot of sense for the Packers.

He checks every box. The Packers love athletic, versatile offensive linemen, and Morgan is exactly that. His 9.24 Relative Athletic Score is among the best at his position, and Morgan's biggest strength is his pass protection.

Time will tell where he lines up along the Packers' offensive line, but the fact we don't know proves how versatile he can be.

Many predict Morgan will move inside, but the same was said about Zach Tom. The Packers are banking on his athleticism and potential as a pass protector.

General manager Brian Gutekunst is excited about the pick.

Packers GM Brian Gutekunst is excited about 'versatile' Jordan Morgan

Gutekunst spoke to reporters following the opening night of the draft, and he revealed why the Packers were interested in Morgan.

"Versatile offensive lineman like we like. Really athletic. We feel he can probably play four positions for us," said Gutekunst. "Two-time team captain. Just our kind of guy."

It's true. Morgan is a perfect Packers prospect. It's not surprising they drafted him, even if it's a round earlier than many expected. The question is whether he will stick at left tackle in Green Bay or move inside.

Could Morgan move from tackle to guard during his rookie season?

"He's got left tackle feet. Very athletic kid," said Gutekunst. "Very sturdy, strong lower body. He did 27 [reps] on the bench as well, so he's a very strong athlete. When you move inside, things move a little quicker and you've got to handle a little more power, and he's certainly shown an ability to do that."

What proves how much Gutekunst wanted Morgan was his decision not to trade down. He said the Packers had opportunities to make a trade but didn't want to risk losing their top target.

There will be debate about whether the Packers should've taken DeJean or Graham Barton or even traded down for more draft capital. But it's hard to argue with Green Bay's process when it comes to drafting offensive linemen.

Morgan plays a premium position, and the Packers desperately needed reinforcements along the offensive line.

Only time will tell whether Morgan will become a quality starter, but he is one of the most athletic tackles in the class and could play at multiple positions in Green Bay.

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