No matter how the 2024 season ends, Jordan Love has proven the Green Bay Packers can continue to build around him.
If nothing else, the Packers have already built something impressive when it comes to surrounding a quarterback, no matter who it ends up being over the long haul. And for now, it looks like Love has a great chance to stick.
But there will be a lot of areas for the Packers to reevaluate in 2024 and positions they will need to upgrade. We know general manager Brian Gutekunst doesn't really dive too much into free agency, but he'll be aggressive in maneuvering around the NFL Draft board. The Packers have assembled an impressive young roster to this point, and the 2024 NFL Draft could push them even closer to an NFC North division title in 2024.
Let's take a look at a mock draft scenario with an early emphasis on the trenches.
Round 1 (12): Taliese Fuaga, OL, Oregon State
With David Bakhtiari's contract situation, you can't help but think the Packers are going to need to look to the offensive line early on in the 2024 NFL Draft. And this is a good draft class to need help at the tackle position.
First, for those not in the know regarding Bakhtiari's contract situation, he has a cap hit approaching $41 million next offseason and the Packers can save over $20 million by letting him go. It's all but a foregone conclusion that Bakhtiari is playing for the New York Jets in 2024.
The Packers could be staring a number of intriguing options in the face depending on where they end up picking. Taliese Fuaga is a name that has been consistently rising over the course of the 2023 season and he currently ranks 16th overall on Pro Football Focus's big board. Fuaga is athletic, he plays great in space, and I think he can project to either tackle or guard at the next level depending on what the Packers want to do.
And having that flexibility with this player allows the Packers to keep their options open in round two.
I also love the idea of the Packers dipping back into the Oregon State talent pool after prioritizing Luke Musgrave last year.