Going into Thanksgiving week, the Green Bay Packers sit at 4-6 and are currently third in the NFC North, looking at back-to-back games against two of the best teams in the NFL, the Detroit Lions and Kansas City Chiefs.
These two matchups will be challenging for the Packers to come out with a win. If Green Bay loses these two games, they will be looking at a 4-8 record going into the final five games of the 2023 regular season.
However, those final five games are all games the Packers should win. They will face the New York Giants, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Carolina Panthers, Chicago Bears, and Minnesota Vikings (without Kirk Cousins). If the Packers win the final five games of the season and things go their way down the stretch, Green Bay could be looking at the seventh seed in the NFC at a 9-8 record.
If this happens, Green Bay will lose out on a top-16 pick in the first round of the 2024 NFL Draft. This could end the Packers' chances of drafting one of the fan-favorite names.
If the Packers can't draft someone like wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. or offensive tackle Joe Alt, there will still be plenty of talented players on the board to bring in for the 2024 NFL season.
Who could the Packers target in the first round of the 2024 NFL Draft?
Keon Coleman, WR, FSU
Coleman, the 6-foot-4, 215-pound receiver from FSU, has taken the ACC by storm this season, tallying 45 receptions for 615 yards and 11 touchdowns going into the final game of his Junior year. Coleman is built like a Packers wide receiver and would fit right in at 1265 Lombardi Ave.
The Packers have a good problem brewing this season. The young receiver room is extremely talented. Second-round pick Jayden Reed is tied for the most 30+ yard plays (8) in the entire NFL. Fifth-round pick Dontayvion Wicks leads the Packers with 16.5 yards per catch. Second-year receivers Romeo Doubs and Christian Watson have continued to develop.
To keep the development going in the right direction for this Packers offense, the front office needs to continue to invest in that side of the ball, and what better way to do that than to go out and select Keon Coleman in the first round?
Coleman would be the first wide receiver taken in the first round by the Packers since former FSU wideout Javon Walker in the 2002 NFL Draft. This pick would make Jordan Love happy and give him another weapon on the outside.
Amarius Mims, OT, Georgia
The Packers may have a problem at left tackle going into next season.
Future Packers Hall of Famer David Bahktiari could be traded or released this offseason. Trading away one of the best offensive linemen in the entire NFL isn't ideal. Green Bay could move on from their All-Pro tackle and decide they want to bring in a top talent in the draft to replace him.
That replacement could be coming from the University of Georgia in Amarius Mims.
Standing at 6-foot-7 and 330 pounds, Mims is just the guy the Packers could use to anchor the left side of the offensive line for the next 8-10 years.
A former 5-star recruit from Georgia, Mims has dominated the SEC over the last three years and has been a big reason behind Georgia's championship success over the last two seasons. With his size, speed, and strength, Mims has all the traits to become one of the league's next great offensive linemen and someone Green Bay should take an extra long look at going into draft season.
The Packers will need to beef up the offensive line one way or another this offseason, whether through the draft or free agency. Tackle takes the top spot on the list of priorities this upcoming offseason.