5 draft mistakes that continue to haunt Packers in 2024

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As good as the Green Bay Packers' roster is right now, there's no question about the fact that this team has not had a sterling NFL Draft record over the last handful of years. During the Aaron Rodgers era, general manager Brian Gutekunst was constantly coming under fire for not properly surrounding Rodgers with talent, even by Rodgers himself.

The Packers have clearly turned a corner, and the mix of young players they have on both sides of the ball right now is evidence of truly outstanding work in the NFL Draft and throughout the whole scouting process, but there are still some draft situations haunting the team today.

Let's take a look at a handful of moves the Packers lived to regret in recent years in the NFL Draft.

1. TE Josiah Deguara

The Green Bay Packers clearly got caught up in the Kyle Juszczyk hype back in the 2020 NFL Draft. Although Josiah Deguara had a great college career at Cincinnati, he was only considered a sixth-round pick by NFL Draft expert Lance Zierlein, who evaluates players every single year coming out.

This was just not a wise pick by the Packers, who could have gone a number of different directions here with this selection. But this isn't exactly about NFL Draft hindsight, which is a brutal game to play. This is simply about the Packers identifying a player they felt could play a specific role within Nathaniel Hackett's offense, spending a top-100 pick on him, and he simply didn't do much.

In four seasons with the Packers, he had 47 receptions and two touchdowns. As far as top-100 picks go, that's the definition of unmet expectations.