Green Bay Packers: 3 Free Agency & Draft Scenarios

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EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY – DECEMBER 1: Tackle Bryan Bulaga #77 of the Green Bay Packers blocks against the New York Giants in the first half in the snow at MetLife Stadium on December 1, 2019 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Pereira/Getty Images) /

Packers sign a high-end tackle

Now I’ll be the first to admit, this scenario is the least likely of the three to happen and one that I’m not expecting to take place. Jack Conklin will be out of the Packers’ price range and it appears that Bryan Bulaga will be as well. Even the more modestly priced Halapoulivaati Vaitai isn’t likely to end up in Green Bay.

Realistically the Green Bay Packers will end up with a veteran like Jared Veldheer on a one year deal and have to find their long-term solution in the draft as highlighted above. However, I wanted to see what effect signing a reliable right tackle to a multi-year deal could have on the draft. So indulge me and let’s see how it works out.

Round 1: Kenneth Murray LB – Oklahoma

Round 2: Jalen Reagor WR – TCU

Round 3: Damon Arnette CB – Ohio State

Takeaway: This time around Ross Blacklock was available but the opportunity to find Kenny Clark a running mate will present itself later on in the draft. And I once again had a few wide receivers that I could have selected but with Justin Jefferson off the board and this being a deep class, I kicked that can down the road and selected Kenneth Murry to fill the need at linebacker.

In Round 2 I grabbed the dynamic Jale Reagor and then in Round 3 I was able to choose who I thought was the best available at a position of need at that was cornerback Damon Arnette.

I’ve mentioned before that there is a lot of unknowns within this Packer cornerback group and on top of that, Kevin King is also going to be a free agent after the 2020 season. So being able to land a versatile corner like Arnette who can step in and contribute from Day 1 just made a lot of sense to me.

Final Thoughts

In terms of flexibility, the final scenario where I didn’t have to worry about the tackle position gave me the most, followed closely by scenario No. 1 in which the Packers signed a linebacker.

If the Green Bay Packers don’t have a tackle that they can count on for more than a season, then it almost forces them to draft one within the first three rounds. And if they don’t land one of those top-3 linebackers in free agency, then I think it is safe to say the same rule applies there as well. This is how reaching and over drafting can happen, which can lead to busts.

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So as this week unfolds and we learn who the Packers let walk, who they re-sign, and who they bring in from other teams, keep in mind the effects that these moves will have on how they attack the upcoming draft.