The Green Bay Packers’ season came to an end in Santa Clara, California last night, as the green and gold lost an NFC Championship Game for the third time in six years. The Packers’ 2019 season should eventually be looked at as a success in Matt LaFleur’s first year as a head coach, but the pain of a playoff loss — particularly one that saw the team unable to find any answers against the San Francisco 49ers’ running game — will linger through this offseason for months.
With the on-field action now behind the team, Packers fans’ attentions will begin to shift towards the 2020 NFL Draft. And with the latest round of the postseason finished, the team’s draft position is officially set.
The Packers will draft 30th in each round of this year’s draft. The losing teams in the conference championship games receive picks 29 and 30, which are assigned based on regular season record; the Tennessee Titans lost to the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC title game, but based on their 9-7 record, they get the earlier of the two selections.
That now locks in all but the final two spots, as picks 31 and 32 will go to the 49ers and Chiefs. The loser of Super Bowl LIV will receive the 31st pick, while the winner will get number 32.
The Packers last held the 30th pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, following the 2014 season. That year, they used that selection on cornerback Damarious Randall, who was eventually traded to the Cleveland Browns during the 2018 offseason. They also held the 30th selection in 2008, but traded back with the New York Jets to move into the second round and pick up additional selections. That year, the Packers made Jordy Nelson their top pick with the 36th overall draft choice. Other players that the Packers have drafted 30th overall include offensive tackles Ross Verba (1997) and Tom Cichowski (1966), and kicker/end Gordie Saltau (1950).
Here now is the entire draft order for the first round of the draft:
- Cincinnati Bengals (2-14)
- Washington (3-13)
- Detroit Lions (3-12-1)
- New York Giants (5-12)
- Miami Dolphins (5-11)
- Los Angeles Chargers (5-11)
- Carolina Panthers (5-11)
- Arizona Cardinals (5-10-1)
- Jacksonville Jaguars (6-10)
- Cleveland Browns (6-10)
- New York Jets (7-9)
- Oakland Raiders (7-9)
- Indianapolis Colts (7-9)
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-9)
- Denver Broncos (7-9)
- Atlanta Falcons (7-9)
- Dallas Cowboys (8-8)
- Miami Dolphins (from Pittsburgh Steelers, 8-8)
- Oakland Raiders (from Chicago Bears, 8-8)
- Jacksonville Jaguars (from Los Angeles Rams, 9-7)
- Philadelphia Eagles (9-7, WC round loss)
- Buffalo Bills (10-6, WC round loss)
- New England Patriots (12-4, WC round loss)
- New Orleans Saints (13-3, WC round loss)
- Minnesota Vikings (10-6, DIV round loss)
- Miami Dolphins (from Houston Texans, 10-6, DIV round loss)
- Seattle Seahawks (11-5, DIV round loss)
- Baltimore Ravens (14-2, DIV round loss)
- Tennessee Titans (9-7, CCG loss)
- Green Bay Packers (13-3, CCG loss)
- Kansas City Chiefs OR San Francisco 49ers (Super Bowl LIV losing team)
- Kansas City Chiefs OR San Francisco 49ers (Super Bowl LIV winning team)