Green Bay Packers: Skill position players to target early in the draft

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LINCOLN, NE – NOVEMBER 24: Tight end Noah Fant #87 of the Iowa Hawkeyes signals against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium on November 24, 2017 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images) /

Noah Fant – Iowa

A dynamic athlete with unique abilities after the ball is in his hands, Fant was the darling of the draft class before last season began. He has since become a popular pick for the second-best tight end in the class. Others believe he has the highest ceiling and could be the first tight end off the board. If selected by the Green Bay Packers he would come into camp and immediately challenge Jimmy Graham for starting reps on the roster. The discussions of him being a bad blocker are overblown. Fant is not the blocker that Hockenson is, but that does not make him a bad blocker. He could be a consideration for either one of Green Bay’s first round picks.

T.J. Hockenson – Iowa

Hockenson has skyrocketed up draft boards since the season ended. He’s the more complete player at this point in time over his Iowa counterpart. Hockenson could be the sixth offensive tackle for some teams as his blocking ability is that good. While he is not as good of an athlete as Fant, Hockenson is a great athlete in his own right. He would immediately contribute as a blocker in the running game and he has the ability to make an early impact all over the field as a receiver as well. Hockenson could be a consideration at pick 30, or a player that Green Bay decides to move up for should he slip down the board a little.

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Given that we are in a new regime and in a new era of Green Bay Packers football that needs to add some more high-level talent to this offense, there is a strong possibility that this could be the year we see them take a skill position player in round one.