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Cheese Curds, 5/6: Main impact from Packers’ 2020 rookies will come after year 1

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Don’t expect a big contribution from this year’s draft class until later on.

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At first glance, it does not appear that the Green Bay Packers’ 2020 draft class will have a significant impact in its first year. The first pick was a quarterback who will sit behind a future Hall of Famer. The second pick is a running back who projects as a third-stringer as a rookie.

Going farther down the list, it’s difficult to find a player who will be a significant contributor as a rookie. Maybe Josiah Deguara can do it, but he will likely be learning multiple positions and is still seemingly behind a few players on the depth chart at his primary position of tight end.

It’s actually not crazy to think that the Packers’ most impactful rookie in 2020 could be an undrafted player. Someone like Stanford Samuels or Will Sunderland could make the team and get some real playing time in the secondary, either in the slot or on the outside with Jaire Alexander shifting to the interior.

In any case, the Packers’ draft looks more and more like a future-focused draft than 2019’s class did with every passing day. Just remember to wait until that future comes to try to grade it.

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