The Green Bay Packers finished third in the NFC North with a 7-9 record and have holes that need to be addressed to get back to the playoffs in 2018. Green Bay traditionally uses the draft to fill those needs, so who could they go after? Here are three players they could target in the first round (No. 14 overall pick) of the NFL Draft:
1) Quenton Nelson, OG, Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Nelson is clearly the best interior offensive lineman in this class and Green Bay would be smart to invest in keeping Aaron Rodgers upright - especially considering how his injury sunk their season last year. They have the outside locked up but need to improve the interior, which will help their running game.
2) Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama Crimson Tide
Ridley's numbers won't wow you because he plays in Alabama's run-heavy offense, but don't let that fool you - he's a virtual lock to be the top wide receiver taken in the draft. He's the best route-runner we've been in some time with good hands and excellent speed, making him a nightmare matchup at just 6-foot-1 and 190 pounds. Green Bay needs more athletes on the perimeter who can create separation - Ridley will provide that and more.
3) Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State Buckeyes
Ward is only this low because he's projected to go before this, but he'd be a great upgrade for Packers team that needs help at corner. He was the most consistent corner for the Buckeyes this season and was one of the most important pieces to that defense. He has the frame of an ideal NFL corner with the long arms but is still a little thin and struggles with physical wide receivers especially in press coverage. His agility and ability to accelerate quickly and break up passes is the reason why Ward will be going early in the first round.Back to the Green Bay Packers Newsfeed