Packers' concerning Cooper DeJean update could be blessing in disguise

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Cooper DeJean to the Green Bay Packers is a perfect match.

DeJean can play outside corner, inside corner, and safety, all of which are positions of need for the Packers entering the 2024 NFL Draft. He is a playmaker, a game-changer, and one of the best athletes at his position, with a Relative Athletic Score of 9.89 out of 10.

The Iowa star is easily the most popular pick for Green Bay in mock drafts, and DeJean is potentially the most clear favorite among Packers fans since Ha Ha Clinton-Dix before the 2014 NFL Draft. The Packers ended up drafting Clinton-Dix. Will the same thing happen with DeJean?

However, there is concern among the fan base after it was revealed the Packers won't be hosting DeJean for one of their top-30 pre-draft visits.

History shows this could actually be good news.

Packers' recent history provides positive spin on concerning Cooper DeJean update

Initially, the Packers not visiting with DeJean appears to be a concern. Why would they not want to meet with their potential first-round pick?

As it turns out, they rarely do.

Under Brian Gutekunst, while there is a correlation between top-30 visits and draft picks, it's the opposite in the early rounds. For example, last year, the Packers met with Dontayvion Wicks, Sean Clifford, Karl Brooks, and Lew Nichols III, all of whom they drafted on Day 3. But they didn't meet with any of their picks in the top three rounds.

Gutekunst has made eight first-round picks as Packers GM. The team only hosted one of them for a top-30 visit: Devonte Wyatt. The Packers did not host Jaire Alexander, Rashan Gary, Jordan Love, Darnell Savage, Eric Stokes, Quay Walker, or Lukas Van Ness.

Green Bay not hosting DeJean doesn't rule out drafting him at No. 25. If anything, it makes it more likely the Packers are interested.

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