The Packers want to use the 2021 NFL Draft to become legitimate Super Bowl contenders. Here’s how Green Bay can make that happen.
The Packers have one singular goal for their 2021 season. They want to surround Aaron Rodgers with the talent required to bring another Super Bowl title to fans in Green Bay. Free agency helped the Packers assemble that kind of talent, but they need a strong NFL Draft to finish off the roster with a flourish.
The franchise has a significant amount of draft capital to work with. They possess one pick in each of the first three rounds, but they have two selections in Rounds 4-6 before finishing things off with a singular pick in the final round. That gives GM Brian Gutekunst and his staff the ability to maneuver up and down the draft board to land their top targets.
In other words, the Packers have the ability to come out of this draft with several high-end prospects. Here are three routes Green Bay could take to accomplish its goals.
3. Trade up for Jaycee Horn
Any time that spends big money on Kevin King obviously is desperate for help at cornerback. Horn is rising up draft boards because of his elite speed and combative nature at the line of scrimmage. It might take him a little bit of time to adjust to NFL competition, but he’s got as much talent as any corner in this year’s draft class.
That prodigious amount of talent won’t let Horn fall all the way down to their current spot at No. 29 in Round 1. A trade up will be required to nab the former South Carolina standout. Packaging the No. 29 pick with an additional second or third round pick might be enough to bring Horn to Green Bay. Gambling on that kind of potential high-end starter would be a clever play by the Packers’ front office.