Brian Gutekunst deserves credit for a lot of the moves he has made as Green Bay Packers general manager.
Gutekunst inherited a team that failed to make the playoffs in 2017. By 2019, they were in the NFC Championship Game.
He has brought Jaire Alexander, Rashan Gary, Preston Smith, Za'Darius Smith, Adrian Amos, Christian Watson, and Elgton Jenkins to Green Bay. Gutey made game-changing free-agent additions, including signing De'Vondre Campbell, Rasul Douglas, and Keisean Nixon to affordable deals.
However, Gutekunst has also made some mistakes. Let's revisit three times where Gutekunst has passed up a future Pro Bowler in the draft.
Terry McLaurin over Jace Sternberger
In the 2019 NFL Draft, the Packers selected tight end Jace Sternberger with the 75th overall pick. The hope was that he would become the team's next TE1.
Instead, Sternberger made 12 catches in two years before being released in the first month of his third season.
Just one pick after the Packers drafted Sternberger, the Washington Commanders selected wide receiver Terry McLaurin.
McLaurin has put together three straight 1,000-yard seasons in Washington, making his first Pro Bowl in 2022.
Imagine the Packers had drafted him. They would've had a receiving duo of Davante Adams and Terry McLaurin for three seasons, and he would've become the WR1 in 2022.