With just over 24 hours before the start of the 2018 NFL Draft, rumors and speculation about teams trading up are kicking into high gear.
The Green Bay Packers are one of those teams that could be primed to move up, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapaport. Rapaport tweeted that the Packers are looking at a potential trade up to target a “top-tier talent.”
While smokescreens are common in the days and hours before the draft, talk of Green Bay moving up in the first round has increased this week. There’s also this report from Monday that the Packers prefer Derwin James over Minkah Fitzpatrick and this new rumor could further solidify that considering James has been gone in some mock drafts before the Packers pick at 14th overall.
Green Bay could also be after Ohio State cornerback Denzel Ward and North Carolina State defensive end Bradley Chubb who are both widely expected to go a few spots ahead of the Packers as well. Another report from Tony Pauline of Draftanalyst.com mentions James and Ward as potential targets.
Keep in mind a trade down could also happen depending on how the board falls, but a rumor the day before the draft of Green Bay potentially wanting to move up is a big departure from how the team did business under former general manager Ted Thompson.
Regardless, all the rumors and speculation are just over a day away from coming to end and Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst’s first draft pick will be in the books.