Jason Wilde takes a position-by-position look at the Green Bay Packers' approach to the NFL draft, which will be held Thursday through Saturday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Green Bay drafted three running backs last year — Jamaal Williams (fourth round), Aaron Jones (fifth round) and Devante Mays (seventh round) — to team with veteran Ty Montgomery.
A top defensive player should be available when the Packers pick at No. 14 after an expected run on QBs.
The only other tight ends on the Packers' roster are Lance Kendricks, Emanuel Byrd and Robert Tonyan.
While the Packers have had an impressive hit rate with their wide receiver picks over the past 15 years, none of them burst onto the scene as rookies with big numbers.
The Packers will likely add another defensive lineman with one of their 12 picks in the 2018 NFL draft, although the position isn’t necessarily a priority.
The Packers go into the draft with an uncertain situation on the right side of their offensive line.
Finding edge pass-rushing help is imperative for first-year general manager Brian Gutekunst in this year’s NFL draft.
If GM Brian Gutekunst wants to use the No. 14 pick in the NFL draft on a cornerback who can help fix the team’s pass defense, he might have to go against the team’s long-established height requirement and take his chances.