So day 1 & 2 of the 2018 NFL draft has yielded some interesting happenings with regards to the Packers and the newly-christened regime of GM Brian Gutekunst. (By the way: it's pronounced GOOT-I-KUNST, not gutENkoost or whatever lol). The chaos of Güte trading down in round 1 only to trade back up to 18 seemed a bit much as they had to give up a 3rd round pick, but they netted out with a 2019 1st round pick from the Saints so that was a great get.
Here is the bottom line - with Ted Thompson at the helm in previous drafts the Packers have selected a mind-numbing amount of picks in the secondary--with basically disastrous results. See quick snapshot below...not exactly a who's-who of elite players:
The jury is still out on Kevin King, but look at the other players - yikes. Now, Casey Hayward and Micah Hyde are both pro bowlers - the problem is that they play for other teams! Drafting and developing that talent and then letting it walk for basically nothing has killed this team on the defensive side of the ball.
Güte went out and took cornerbacks with high picks for the 3rd straight year. Both Cornerback picks were #1 & #4 in terms of ratings tied to Pro football focus:
It had to be done though - the packers had what amounted to the worst secondary in the NFL immediately after they traded Damarious Randall to the Browns. When you invest that kind of capital to basically one position, and fail, you are really hurting other areas of your team and the results have shown. There are simply devoid of playmakers on defense.
I was very pleased to see Güte FINALLY draft an athletic, rangy inside linebacker. Ted Thompson basically ignored that position for almost 10 years and the picks he did make for that position were, well - a lot of try hard guys with basically no upside.
The other glaring defensive need is pass rusher/outside linebacker - unfortunately this draft class was pretty weak and picking someone in the 4th round or later is a gamble. This team is also razor thin at the right side of the offensive line and they do not have a real WR threat outside of Davante Adams.
Brian Gutekunst has his work cut out for him. It's going to take at least one offseason to clean up the dearth of talent that Ted Thompson left him. Right now he seems to be on the right track...on the defensive side of the ball though.