Packers To Pass On Tight Ends In The NFL Draft?

The Green Bay Packers draft rumors have centered around them drafting a tight end, but they may decide not to draft one at all. Green Bay is looking for improve at the position as they failed to get any downfield production from starter Richard Rodgers, but that improvement might come through free agency.

According to ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr., only Arkansas's Hunter Henry is projected to go in the first round, and should be available when the Packers pick at No. 27. After him, Stanford's Austin Hooper, South Carolina's Jerell Adams, and Ohio State's Nick Vanett are the only other tight ends he has going in the first three rounds.

"It's harder this year because there's not depth," Kiper said. "So if you want a tight end and you don't get one of the top four, you're going have to really do a good scouting job to find another one that's going to go in that fourth, fifth round that can really help you.

"If you want tight ends and you need to get a tight end, then Hunter Henry may get pushed up a little bit because if you're going to wait until the end of the second round, you're not going to see him there. So that's why you would think about him certainly at the end of the first, which would warrant a pick at that point for Henry."

If Green Bay decides to look to free agency for a tight end instead of through the draft, Antonio Gates, Dwayne Allen, and Zach Miller are considered to be the top available players on the open market.

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