Top Remaining Players on Day 2 at Packers Positions of Need

Dec 4, 2021; Atlanta, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs wide receiver George Pickens (1) celebrates after a catch against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the first half during the SEC championship game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 4, 2021; Atlanta, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs wide receiver George Pickens (1) celebrates after a catch against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the first half during the SEC championship game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports /
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After an early run on the wide receiver position in Round 1, the Green Bay Packers chose to bolster their already stout defense by addressing two of the bigger positions of need on that side of the ball, selecting linebacker Quay Walker at pick 22 and then interior defensive lineman Devonte Wyatt at 28.

Entering Day 2 of the draft, the Packers hold three selections at 53, 59, and 92–that is if Brian Gutekunst chooses not to trade up. While Green Bay was patient in Round 1, all of the ingredients for a move up the draft board still exist with a big need at receiver, the Packers still have nine draft picks remaining, not to mention that Gutey has a history of being aggressive.

Although the first round typically draws the most attention, as we all know, there are still plenty of good players and immediate contributors for the Green Bay Packers to find on Day 2.

Here are the top remaining prospects at positions of need for the Green Bay Packers based on the Mock Draft Database’s composite rankings.

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Wide Receiver

It’s well known that the Green Bay Packers need to address the wide receiver position, but specific needs include adding a high-volume target on the boundary, finding a vertical threat to replace Marquez Valdes-Scantling, and some added YAC ability wouldn’t be a bad thing either. Maybe Gutekunst can pull out some second-round magic at the receiver position the same way Ted Thompson did on a few occasions.

George Pickens, Georgia

Skyy Moore, Western Michigan

John Metchie, Alabama

Christian Watson, NDSU

Calvin Austin, Memphis

Alec Pierce, Cincinnati

 Jalen Tolbert, South Alabama

Khalil Shakir, Boise State

Romeo Doubs, Nevada

Tyquan Thornton, Baylor

Kevin Austin, Notre Dame

Danny Gray, SMU

Tight End

The tight end position looks fine for the 2022 season, but as we look ahead to 2023, only Josiah Deguara is under contract. With rookie tight ends rarely contributing during that first season due to the difficulty of the position, the prudent move would be selecting a tight end this year, so that player can gain experience in a tight end room with Robert Tonyan and Marcedes Lewis and then hopefully hit the ground running in 2023 in a larger role.

Trey McBride, Colorado State

Greg Dulcich, UCLA

Jeremy Ruckert, Ohio State

Jelani Woods, Virginia

Cade Otton, Washington

Isaiah Likely, Coastal Carolina

Charlie Kolar, Iowa State

Jake Ferguson, Wisconsin

Offensive Tackle

The only healthy options at offensive tackle at the moment include David Bakhtiari, Yosh Nijman, and maybe Cole Van Lanen, although he may be better suited at guard. Until Elgton Jenkins returns, the Green Bay Packers are one injury away from disaster at a key position.

On top of that, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to provide Nijman with some competition since he hasn’t played right tackle since his final season at Virginia Tech–not to mention that he does have just over 600 career snaps. Whether it be Nijman, a rookie, or a free agent, if the Packers find a reliable right tackle option, it could allow them to keep Jenkins at guard, which would bolster a thin interior offensive line unit as well.

Bernhard Raimann, Central Michigan

Daniel Faalele, Minnesota

Darian Kinnard, Kentucky

Nicholas Petit-Frere, Ohio State

Abraham Lucas, Washington

Rasheed Walker, Penn State

Max Mitchell, Louisiana-Lafayette

Kellen Diesch, Arizona State

Braxton Jones, Southern Utah

Interior Offensive Line

As I just mentioned, the Green Bay Packers don’t have much depth at this position either–and we all saw a season ago how important offensive line depth can be. Not that competition can’t be brought in, but it looks like the Packers starting interior linemen are already on the roster in Royce Newman, Josh Myers, and Jon Runyan. However, the only options on the depth chart behind those three are centers Jake Hanson and Michal Menet along with Van Lanen–all of whom are late-round picks with little to no experience.

Admittedly, the Green Bay Packers may choose to address this need on Day 3, where they’ve had success finding interior players–with Runyan and Newman being examples. But we’ve also seen Gutey select Jenkins and Myers on Day 2, and this unit is a bit thin.

Dylan Parham, Memphis

Sean Rhyan, UCLA

Jamaree Salyer, Georgia

Cam Jurgens, Nebraska

Ed Ingram, LSU

Luke Goedeke, Central Michigan

Luke Fortner, Kentucky

Zach Tom, Wake Forest

Marquis Hayes, Oklahoma

Dohnovan West, Arizona State

Thayer Munford, Ohio State

Safety

Similar to the tight end position, with Adrian Amos and Darnell Savage the safety position appears to be in good shape for the 2022 season. However, if we look ahead once again, only Vernon Scott is under contract in 2023.

It also wouldn’t be a bad idea to bring in some outside competition for that third safety spot, a position that was on the field for 283 snaps last season, per PFF ($$)–although the addition of Quay Walker suggests that we are going to see more traditional nickel looks from Green Bay, which decreases the need for that third safety.

Jalen Pitre, Baylor

Jaquan Brisker, Penn State

Nick Cross, Maryland

Bryan Cook, Cincinnati

Kerby Joseph, Illinois

Verone McKinley, Oregon

JT Woods, Baylor

Edge Rusher

OLB coach Jason Rabrovich mentioned that he wanted a rotation of four edge rushers next season. We know who two of those players will be with Rashan Gary and Preston Smith; however, the third and fourth spots will be up for grabs.

As productive as Smith and Gary were last season, depth was an issue all season as the impact plays were lacking when those two were on the sidelines — which was about one-third of the time — and issues against the run as well. Edge rusher is arguably the second-most important position in football, so adding to it should always be on the Packers’ radar.

David Ojabo, Michigan

Boye Mafe, Minnesota

Arnold Ebiketie, Penn State

Nik Bonitto, Oklahoma

Cameron Thomas, San Diego State

Drake Jackson, USC

Josh Paschal, Kentucky

Myjai Sanders, Cincinnati

Kingsley Enagbare, South Carolina

Sam Williams, Ole Miss

DeAngelo Malone, Western Kentucky

Dominique Robinson, Miami (OH)

Alex Wright, UAB

Isaiah Thomas, Oklahoma

Michale Clemons, Texas A&M

Tyreke Smith, Ohio State

Amare Barno, Virginia Tech

Cornerback

This isn’t a massive need by any means with Jaire Alexander, Rasul Douglas, and Eric Stokes, but I wanted to include it because I do believe there is value in adding to it–specifically a slot option. Alexander will see his fair share of snaps in the slot this season, but he is also going to follow around the opponent’s top receiver as well, and when he does, there is very little slot experience on this roster.

Adding that element to this defense would provide Joe Barry with a massive amount of flexibility, with one example being putting Alexander and Stokes on the boundary and Douglas over the middle and in the box like a third safety. Perhaps this is more of a luxury than a need, and if the prospect strictly plays on the boundary, the Packers likely look elsewhere, but it’s worth exploring depending on how the board falls.

Andrew Booth, Clemson

Kyler Gordon, Washington

Roger McCreary, Auburn

Tariq Woolen, UTSA

Marcus Jones, Houston

Cam Taylor-Britt, Nebraska

Coby Bryant, Cincinnati

Martin Emerson, Mississippi State

Alontae Taylor, Tennessee

Zyon McCollum, Sam Houston State

Jalyn Armour-Davis, Alabama

Mario Goodrich, Clemson

Joshua Williams, Fayetteville State

Josh Jobe, Alabama

Derion Kendrick, Georgia

Akayleb Evans, Missouri

Tariq Castro-Fields, Penn State

Damarri Mathis, Pittsburgh