Green Bay Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst wasn't afraid to make bold decisions last offseason, replacing starters with rookies on both sides of the ball.
And it has worked beautifully. The Packers' draft already looks like a masterclass from Gutekunst. Jayden Reed, Luke Musgrave, and Dontayvion Wicks have made a significant impact on offense. Tucker Kraft has stepped up with Musgrave out due to injury.
Day 3 picks Karl Brooks and Carrington Valentine have become instant contributors on defense.
The Packers have parted ways with several long-term starters over the past two offseasons, and Gutekunst hasn't made many mistakes when determining which players to let go. These five former Packers have struggled on different teams this year.
The Packers needed to replace Dean Lowry to take a significant step forward along the defensive line. Devonte Wyatt deserved more playing time, and moving on from Lowry forced the Packers to add talent to the defensive line, which they did by drafting Colby Wooden and Karl Brooks.
Lowry signed with the Minnesota Vikings in free agency but hasn't made the impact Green Bay's division rivals hoped he would.
The former fourth-round pick has zero sacks and zero QB hits in nine games for the Vikings. His Pro Football Focus grade is an awful 47.4. Lowry is currently on injured reserve. It remains to be seen whether he will play again this season.
Minnesota signed Lowry to a two-year deal but can get out of the contract this upcoming offseason. It won't be a surprise if the Vikings move on.