With two picks in the first round -both just six picks apart- many believe the Packers will take a wide receiver to help offset the loss.
But based off the Packers draft history, that may not happen. The Packers are notorious for not taking receivers in the first round. They last time they did such was in 2002 when they drafted Javon Walker.
And that’s not all. Nearly all of Brian Gutekunst’s drafts as Packers GM have been defense-heavy in the first round.
But that should change this year. And one prominent NFL analyst, NFL Network‘s Stacey Dales, thinks the Packers are destined to change their past first-round tendencies in 2022.
“And I will tell you this, I believe Brian Gutekunst and Co. with 11 picks in this draft will absolutely deviate from what they’ve done since he became general manager in 2018,” Dales said on a recent edition of NFL Network’s Total Access. “So now, they have drafted five players in the first round. Four of those guys are defensive players.
“So I think they go against that trend and I think they absolutely add -whether it’s at 22 or 28- an offensive playmaker. Because that’s literally what Aaron Rodgers is going to need.”
She even predicted the Packers to be players in the trade game. The last time Green Bay made a trade in the first round was when they traded up to select Jordan Love with the 26th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Love also just so happens to be the only offensive player picked in the first round since Gutekunst has been GM.
“With 11 picks, expect a lot of movement,” she later added.
Dale’s takes are plausible and realistic and it’s highly likely the Packers do in fact take a receiver in the first round. The class is simply too deep and there are too many prospects who fit what the Packers look for when it comes to playing the position.
But it doesn’t matter what we think. It only matters what the Packers think.
And only time will tell as to what they’re really thinking and what they really want to do.
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