The Green Bay Packers haven't experienced many losing seasons over the past three decades, but they are destined for an early pick in next year's draft.
Losing is never fun, but it is sometimes necessary to speed up a rebuild. Teams like the Cincinnati Bengals and Detroit Lions rebuilt their rosters after multiple losing seasons. Cincinnati had the first overall pick in 2020 and the fifth selection in 2021, using them to select Joe Burrow and Ja'Marr Chase.
The majority of the Packers' roster was built with picks lower down the draft order. This team is hard to watch, but one benefit of a poor season is the draft position that follows. Unless Green Bay makes significant improvements between now and the end of the year, a top-five pick is realistic.
The Packers currently hold the No. 6 pick, but they also have multiple choices in the second and third rounds. That would put them in a fantastic position to land a franchise-changing player. Let's begin.
Round 1 (4): Marvin Harrison Jr., WR, Ohio State
Many draft analysts believe Marvin Harrison Jr. is a "generational talent." He could become the next great wide receiver in the NFL. For that reason, the Packers may need to overpay a little to move up two spots. It typically wouldn't cost a third and fourth to jump from No. 6 overall to No. 4, but the Giants could up the asking price with Harrison on the board.
But he's worth it. The Packers also have the benefit of owning two third-round picks, so why not use one to trade up? This is a scenario where the best player available also fixes a need. The Packers need a WR1. Harrison can step into that role immediately. But just how good is he?
"This is the part where we try to be excitable about Marvin Harrison Jr. without resorting to hyperbole. Here it goes: This guy is the next Calvin Johnson," writes Ian Cummings of Pro Football Network.
That's a bold statement, but the comparisons are understandable. Harrison is 6-foot-4 with great size and athleticism, and he wins contested catches no matter how many defenders are covering him. Sound familiar?
Harrison would be a game-changing addition to any offense, especially for the Packers. Green Bay lacks a true WR1. The Ohio State star immediately fixes that, giving Jordan Love a dominant receiver he can rely on, and his arrival would open things up for the rest of the offense.