Who Should the Green Bay Packers Draft First in 2020?

By Noah Davis in NFL
| April 21, 2020 2:25 pm PDT
Who Should the Green Bay Packers Draft First?

The Green Bay Packers made it to the NFC title game last year, which was both good and bad. The bummer is they don’t pick until the 30th selection in round one of the 2020 NFL Draft.

Fortunately, this is a very deep draft, and the Packers should still have a chance at landing a marquee player.

To see how they can do that, let’s look at their main needs and touch on the top draft prospects they should be eyeing.

Green Bay Packers’ Biggest Draft Needs

  • Wide Receiver
  • Linebacker
  • Defensive Line

Green Bay’s offensive system did well to generate big plays in 2019 (6th in 40+ yard plays), but this roster still lacks any real speed or elite playmaking ability.

The Packers badly need a running mate for Davante Adams for Aaron Rodgers and co. to take things to the next level.

Luckily, most of Green Bay’s problems are on defense. That’s not too alarming, considering that unit was better as a whole in 2019. They still need help on the inside at linebacker, however, while defensive line upgrades could boost a terrible run defense.

Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma

Murray is slipping a bit in recent mock drafts, but he’s arguably the best inside linebacker prospect this draft has to offer.

Green Bay needs one, as they let Blake Martinez leave in free agency and only brought in the often-injured Christian Kirksey. Murray could be gone by pick 30, but it’s not impossible he slides there.

Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor

Green Bay currently is favored (-400) to pick an offensive player at 30th overall, which probably has them going wide receiver. It’s also slightly possible they grab the successor to an aging Aaron Rodgers.

Mims stands out as the best possible option at the 30th spot, but his stock is rising, and it isn’t crazy to suggest he’ll be long gone by this point.

Even so, he has terrific size, speed, and playmaking ability — all of which the Packers could put to good use.

Neville Gallimore, DL, Oklahoma

Stopping the run starts up front, and it’s worth debating that the Packers only have one elite defensive lineman these days.

Green Bay seems content rolling with the guys they have on the defensive line, but it’d be silly to not give the athletic Gallimore a look.

Gallimore stands out due to his endless motor, but he has the size and athleticism to play across Green Bay’s line as needed. And if Kenny Clark doesn’t stay in town long-term, he could even be an option in the middle.

Who Will the Packers Draft First?

Going defense will be unsexy, seeing as the Packers have one of the best arm talents in the league and criminally underman his offense.

The Packers will need to seriously look at ways to boost that sulking run defense, but it’s quite possible both the options discussed aren’t there.

If Mims is, I’m not sure how Green Bay passes on his immense upside, as Rodgers could dominate secondaries with that kind of option working down the field and in the red zone.

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