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The Packers Could Be “Plotting” to Make a Surprising Trade UP in the First Round

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The new-look Packers seem intent on pushing the envelope and doing something they haven’t done since 2009:

NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport tweets the Packers are one of the teams believed to be positioning itself to make a move up in the 2018 NFL Draft.

Who the Packers might target in a move up the draft board is unknown, but the team could have eyes on upgrading the secondary by selecting a top defensive prospect at his respective position. A player like Alabama’s Minkah Fitzpatrick, Florida State’s Derwin James, or Ohio State’s Denzel Ward could be on Green Bay’s radar. I suppose the team could shoot for the moon and leap-frog the Bears with eyes on North Carolina State’s Bradley Chubb the draft’s top pass-rusher.

Green Bay has the 14th overall pick and appears to be in a spot to benefit from an early run on quarterbacks. If a scenario unfolds where four quarterbacks are taken within the first seven picks, the Packers could find themselves in a place where they could land a fringe top-10 non-quarterback talent by standing pat. But it appears the front office might have bigger plans in mind.

New GM Brian Gutekunst showed a willingness to do things differently than his predecessor Ted Thompson, highlighted by a particularly aggressive free agency period. And because Green Bay is armed with 12 draft picks, Gutekunst could be creative in striking again by maneuvering into the top-10 … or even higher.

After watching its lengthy playoff streak come to an end in 2017, a seemingly revitalized Packers front office is on some “Empire Strikes Back” stuff and seems intent on showing it means business moving forward.


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Luis Medina

Luis is the Lead Writer at The Ten-Yard Line, and you can find him on Twitter at @lcm1986.