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

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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.


Luis Medina

Luis is the Lead Writer at Bleacher Nation Bears, and you can find him on Twitter at @lcm1986.