Jaire Alexander trade and 9 other genius Packers moves Brian Gutekunst nailed
2. Top three picks in 2019 draft
As good as the Packers' free agency class was in 2019, their top three draft picks were even better. Gutekunst selected edge rusher Rashan Gary, safety Darnell Savage, and offensive lineman Elgton Jenkins in the opening two rounds.
Gary has become a dominant pass rusher, one of the best in the league. While Savage has never consistently reached a Pro Bowl level, he has started 59 games for the Packers. Jenkins is a two-time Pro Bowler and can play all five positions along the offensive line.
Between them, they have started 141 games for the Packers.
1. Trading for Jaire Alexander and first-round pick
Ted Thompson's first draft pick as Green Bay Packers general manager was Aaron Rodgers in 2005.
Gutekunst made an impressive start in his first draft, too. In 2018, Green Bay traded down from No. 14 overall, a move that netted the New Orleans Saints' 2019 first-round selection as well as the No. 27 pick in that draft.
Gutekunst then moved back up from No. 27 to No. 18, giving away a third-rounder to do so. The Packers used that pick to select Jaire Alexander, a two-time All-Pro, two-time Pro Bowler, and one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL.
From No. 14 overall, the Packers gave up a third-rounder for Jaire Alexander and a future first. A genius move from Brian Gutekunst.