Entering last week’s NFL draft, the Green Bay Packers needed help at four key position groups: secondary, offensive line, edge rush, and running back, and in my opinion, that’s the order that they needed the most help in.


The Packers spent their first pick of the draft, after trading back from 29 to 33, on Washington CB Kevin King, which I thought was an outstanding pick, especially given the value. King is 6-foot-3 with 4.43 speed, which is necessary to compete against the big, physical wide receivers in the league, especially the likes of Dez Bryant and Julio Jones.

Josh Jones wasn’t a name I was too familiar with entering the draft, but from the looks of it, he will provide a great deal of versatility within the secondary, hopefully in the mold of the recently departed Micah Hyde. I was pleasantly surprised to see Ted Thompson address the secondary with two picks right away, and I think that while the Packers defensive backs are still young (Damarious Randall, Quentin Rollins), there’s loads of talent and versatility there.


The NEED for an offensive lineman, especially a guard, diminished right away with the signing of Jahri Evans, but the Packers found a prospect in Kofi Amichia that helps round out some depth. Green Bay has its bookends in David Bahktiari and Bryan Bulaga, and have what I would call an above average core with Lane Taylor, Corey Linsley and now Evans in the mix. That leaves Jason Spriggs as a T/G fill-in, and Don Barclay and Amichia as versatile pieces that can fill in if needed. If everyone can stay healthy, I feel good about where this unit is at.


I absolutely loved the fact that Packers brought back Nick Perry this offseason (for 5yrs and $60 million), but this is still a place where the franchise needed help. Adding a stout DT in Montravious Adams alongside Mike Daniels up front should help solidify Green Bay against the run, giving the likes of 4th-round pick Vince Biegel a chance to grow as a pass-rusher. Badgers fans will certainly be happy with the pick. You can never have too many pass rushers, so maybe an UDFA or a different free agent might be worked into the mix, but I think Biegel was a great value in round four. If you consider the fact that Thompson was able to get Kevin King and Vince Biegel for the price of a TJ Watt (after the trade with the Browns), it feels even that much better.


Following the release of Christine Michael and Don Jackson, the Packers were left with just a whole lotta Ty Montgomery at running back. The front office only felt comfortable releasing the Michael/Jackson combination because of the job they felt they did addressing the position with three new additions in the NFL draft. Devante Mays may help out, but I think both Jamaal Williams and Aaron Jones will contribute for the Packers this fall. I think Williams may see more carries as a more-traditional running back, but Jones could be the bigger weapon exploiting matchups, especially once paired with Montgomery.