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Round 3

EDGE. Chris Braswell. Chris Braswell. . 72. player. . Alabama. Chris Braswell. 523

Edge rusher likely won't be a top priority for the Packers in the offseason, but it's always worth adding to the position, considering its importance. Preston Smith's future could also change things. With his skyrocketing cap hits starting in 2024, the Packers could decide to part ways with their veteran pass rusher, allowing first-round pick Lukas Van Ness to start opposite Rashan Gary.

Smith's departure would create a need for depth. The Packers have Kingsley Enagbare, Justin Hollins, and Brenton Cox, but adding another player to the mix would make sense.

In six games this season, Alabama's Chris Braswell has made 4.5 sacks, 6.5 tackles for loss, and an interception returned for a touchdown. He has incredible speed. Braswell said that he hit 21.9 mph in a game this year.

Braswell would immediately help the Packers' pass-rush rotation, and he can also play on special teams.

A lot will depend on Preston Smith's future. But Smith turns 31 in November, and his cap hit will become a problem next season. Restructuring his deal makes no sense, as it pushes the problem down the line. The Packers could move on.

With a potential need at edge rusher, Braswell would be a great pick in the third round.

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