GREEN BAY – The Packers have gotten themselves into trouble with the fan base over the years for their drafting habits. It’s not that they were doing bad, they just weren’t getting Aaron Rodgers the help he needs.
Most of the time, while it wasn’t offense, the picks Green Bay made were still very good, even in the first round.
In 2019, Green Bay took Rashan Gary, an EDGE from the University of Michigan with the 12th overall pick in the draft. Gary has been solid in his three years, including last season, where he finished with 10 sacks on the year.
In 2019, the Packers traded away their 30th overall pick and two fourth-rounders to the Seahawks to move up to 21 and select Darnell Savage.
However, according to Pro Football Focus, they overspent on the Maryland product.
Packers could have gotten Savage later than expected
PFF decided to do a hypothetical re-draft of the 2019 draft class, to show how well teams did. In their re-draft, Savage could have been there when the Packers picked at 30th overall.
Instead of moving up to No. 21, the Packers could have waited for Savage to fall to them at 30, saving both fourth-round picks in the process.
Here is what PFF thought of the move:
“This pick changed hands a few times, first from Green Bay trading it to Seattle, then Seattle trading it to New York. The Packers used the selection to move up to take Savage back in 2019, and with Savage still, on the board, I think that’s where they’d stay. He’s flashed quite a bit over the past three years, and 2022 feels like it could be his best year yet of consistently good play.”
These hypotheticals are fun. However, they are hypotheticals, things of the past that we simply cannot change. Nevertheless, the Packers still drafted a great player who is poised to have a good year.
And while yes, one can say the Packers overspent, one could also argue that the two players picked in Dru Samia and Hjalte Froholdt have been less-than-stellar so far during their time in the NFL. With all due respect, it’s not like the Packers missed out on anything when it comes to those two players. Both players are already on new teams and they have combined for a total of four starts over the last three years.
You can read the rest of the PFF article, here.
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