Changes are coming to the Green Bay Packers' defense. New defensive coordinator Jeff Hafley arrives with a different—and likely more aggressive—scheme than we've previously seen during Matt LaFleur's tenure.
More single-high safety and press-man looks require different skill sets in the secondary. Three Packers safeties have expiring contracts this offseason, which may force general manager Brian Gutekunst to start over at the position.
The Packers pick three times in the opening two rounds of the 2024 NFL Draft. They hold the Nos. 25, 41, and 58 overall selections, putting them in a great position to land multiple difference-makers on defense.
Let's take a closer look at 10 early-round prospects who could significantly upgrade Green Bay's defense. These players aren't ranked solely based on talent, but also on the Packers' positional need and the potential fit in Hafley's system.
10. Mike Sainristil, CB, Michigan
At 5-foot-10, 185 pounds, Michigan's Mike Sainristil doesn't meet the Packers' typical cornerback size thresholds. But there is a glaring issue at slot corner, and Sainristil is exactly what Green Bay needs.
According to PFF, Sainristil finished this season with five interceptions, six pass breakups, and 11 pressures and allowed a passer rating of just 66.6 in his coverage. He did everything in Michigan's defense.
Sainristil has game-changing ability. He shuts down receivers in the middle of the field—an area where the Packers have struggled—and gets his hands on the football. Green Bay lacked takeaways this season. Sainristil can change that.