Patriots Draft Needs
Thursday, April 29th
The 2021 NFL Draft kicks off on Thursday, April 29th in Cleveland and the Green Bay Packers currently hold 10 draft picks including the 29th overall pick. This is a team that wants to win another Super Bowl before Aaron Rodgers hangs up the cleats, so it’s even more important they hit on these draft picks.
1. Wide Receiver
Heading into the 2020 draft the Green Bay Packers needed wide receiver help and instead of drafting one in such a deep class, they decided not to select any. A wide receiver would have been helpful last season and it’s something they can’t ignore this season. Even if it’s not the first round, the Packers should try to come away with at least two.
Players to Target: Rashod Bateman, Ronald Moore, Josh Palmer
Rashod Bateman is probably the player that makes a whole lot of sense if he is still on the board when the Packers have their first-round draft pick. Bateman is a playmaker who could come in right away and be a difference-maker for Aaron Rodgers.
If the Packers are looking for a player who is more than just a wide receiver, Ronald Moore makes a whole lot of sense. If the Packers want to go with a middle-round receiver, Josh Palmer out of Tennessee could make a lot of sense.
The Green Bay Packers have a strong cornerback in Jaire Alexander but they need someone to line up on the other side that can be trusted. The team brought back Kevin King on a one-year deal, but he isn’t really a long-term solution for the team. The good news for the Packers is this appears to be a loaded cornerback class.
Players to target: Greg Newsome II, Asante Samuel Jr, Ambry Thomas, Benjamin St-Juste
Greg Newsome Ii was a standout for the Northwestern Wildcats and he is a player that could be a starter maybe even from Week 1 of the 2021 season. If the Packers want Newsome they will probably have to trade up, but it would make a lot of sense to trade up.
If the Packers decided to go mid-round, Benjamin St-Juste is a project player who might not be able to start right away, but a few years down the road he could be a difference-maker for the Packers.
3. Defensive tackle
The Packers run defense is downright awful and this was another need that the team failed to fill during the 2020 draft. Kenny Clark is one of the best defensive linemen in the league, but the Packers would benefit from another playmaker on the line.
Players to target: Osa Odighizuwa, Tommy Togiai, Ta’Quon Graham
The player who probably makes the most sense out of this group is Osa Odighizuwa who played his college ball at UCLA. Odighizuwa is really good against the inside run and could be at least a rotational player in 2020.
A good target in the middle rounds would be Ta’Quon Graham who looks like he will be a day 3 pick. Graham is a project player but he has so much athleticism and that is what has teams excited.