The Green Bay Packers have embraced the draft-and-develop philosophy, a staple of their team-building approach. Ted Thompson, the former general manager, built a legacy on this foundation, and Brian Gutekunst has sought to follow in his footsteps.
While Gutekunst has deviated from the script to some extent, he remains a firm believer in the method. Nevertheless, the Packers have experienced their fair share of misses on high-profile draft picks in recent years.
In hindsight, if we had the power to turn back time, there are three recent selections that Green Bay would undoubtedly wish to revisit. These choices have had a notable impact on the team’s trajectory, leaving them pondering what could have been.
Here are three recent draft picks the Green Bay Packers would re-do if they could go back in time to learn from their past mistakes.
Josh Myers, 2021 NFL Draft, Round 2 Pick 62
When the Packers selected Josh Myers in the second round of the 2021 NFL Draft, they had high hopes for him to seamlessly fill the void left by the departure of All-Pro center Corey Linsley in free agency. The expectations were clear – Myers was handed the keys to the starting role from day one.
However, as Myers’ career unfolds, he has yet to truly distinguish himself from the average Joe. His performance has been solid but not exceptional, leaving the Packers to ponder whether they have better options at the position within their own roster. The sting of this situation is exacerbated by the fact that the Kansas City Chiefs, with the very next pick in the draft, landed Pro Bowl center Creed Humphrey, who has already made a significant impact in his young career.
As time goes on, the Packers will closely monitor Myers’ development and evaluate their options moving forward. Could they have made a different choice in hindsight? Only time will tell as they seek to solidify the center position and maximize their offensive line’s effectiveness.