Dream scenario just became realistic for Packers after latest draft buzz

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The stars could be aligning for the Green Bay Packers to land two of the top prospects at offensive tackle and cornerback early in the 2024 NFL Draft.

Green Bay requires reinforcements across the offensive line. While the starting lineup is in relatively good shape, the Packers' depth at each position has become paper-thin after losing David Bakhtiari, Jon Runyan, and Yosh Nijman. Landing a top prospect at tackle could also allow Green Bay to move Zach Tom to center, which appears to be on the cards.

Cornerback is another position the Packers should prioritize. Jaire Alexander and Eric Stokes have struggled to stay healthy, and the Packers still don't know what they have in Stokes. Adding competition for the outside and inside corner spots should be on the to-do list.

Tackle and cornerback could be among the Packers' best options in the early rounds. They are premium positions, which Green Bay prefers to prioritize, and it's also where the most talent is in this year's rookie class.

And the Packers may be perfectly positioned to land two first-round talents.

Latest 2024 NFL Draft buzz creates potential dream scenario for Packers

In an ideal world, the Packers would leave the second round with upgrades along the offensive line and in the secondary. Thanks to the Aaron Rodgers trade, they hold a late first-rounder and early second. Their top two picks are Nos. 25 and 41 overall.

NFL draft insider Todd McShay provided some encouraging news for the Packers, saying that Alabama cornerback Kool-Aid McKinstry could fall to the top of the second round.

Who owns a pick early on Day 2? That would be the Packers.

They also have the luxury of picking twice in the second round and twice in the third, giving the Packers more than enough draft capital to trade up. Brian Gutekunst will take any opportunity to move around the draft board if he sees a chance to land a difference-maker.

McKinstry falling to the second round would be perfect for the Packers. He is a first-round talent but may fall due to various factors, including the depth at cornerback in this class. Five or even six quarterbacks could get selected in the opening round, pushing talented players down the draft order. That helps the Packers.

If Green Bay lands a top tackle prospect like Georgia's Amarius Mims and can double down by selecting McKinstry in Round 2? Look out. The Packers would be on their way to another home run in the draft.

A recent mock draft by Peter Schrager of NFL.com has nine offensive linemen, including eight college tackles, going in Round 1. That includes Mims to Green Bay at No. 25. Even if there's a run on tackles early, the Packers should still get a chance to land a potential Day 1 starter.

McKinstry deserves to go in the first round. He is one of the best outside corners in the class and would perfectly fit Jeff Hafley's system, which will feature a lot of press coverage.

"McKinstry played exactly 1,000 coverage snaps over the past two years, and 573 were in press, from which he earned a 90.3 coverage grade with two interceptions and an astounding 25 forced incompletions," writes Trevor Sikkema of PFF.

McKinstry might not have big interception numbers, but he can take away wide receivers.

The Alabama star has the talent to go in Round 1, but if he falls to early Round 2, the Packers should consider moving up to get him.

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