Before the 2019 NFL draft kicks off Thursday night in Nashville, take a look at Jason Wilde's series of stories looking at areas of need the Green Bay Packers could address in the draft.
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The last time the Packers had a 35-year-old future Hall of Famer as their starting quarterback, they had a 21-year-old QB unexpectedly crash-land into their draft-day laps.
It’s likely GM Brian Gutekunst will use at least one of his 10 picks on a running back, although it’s unlikely to be one of his first-round picks (Nos. 12 and 30).
While the Packers don't have any proven players behind No. 1 wideout Davante Adams, it's unlikely GM Brian Gutekunst will use either of the team's first-round picks on a wide receiver.
Hockenson, widely regarded as the best all-around tight end in the draft, is someone the Packers well could take with the No. 12 overall pick.
Packers GM Brian Gutekunst might use two (or more) of his 10 draft picks next week on the offensive line.
Luckily for the Packers, the consensus among NFL general managers is that defensive line is where the strength of this year's draft lies.
Given the depth at outside linebacker/defensive end this year, the Packers might use the 12th overall pick on a pass rusher to join free-agent signees Za’Darius Smith and Preston Smith.
Despite a number of recent picks spent in the defensive backfield, the Packers signed ex-Bears safety Adrian Amos in free agency and enter this year's draft in search of more safety help.
Crosby, who is in the final year of his contract, missed some critical kicks last season.
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The Packers have two first-round selections — No. 12 and No. 30 — on Thursday night.
In addition to playing music (at a relatively low volume) inside the Don Hutson Center throughout practice — instead of merely during water breaks — LaFleur has encouraged his players to enjoy their jobs as much as they can.
In an all-out effort to supply the Packers defense with sorely needed playmakers, Gutekunst made two bold moves in the first round, selecting Michigan edge rusher Rashan Gary with the 12th pick, then trading up from the 30th pick to the 21st and taking Maryland safety Darnell Savage.
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