We made it. The 2021 NFL Draft has arrived!
No more mock drafts. No more speculation and smoke screens.
Today the first members of the 2021 rookie class will join their teams and the future of the NFL will be set in motion. For front offices, jobs will be secured and jobs will probably be lost based on how some picks made today perform over the next few years, so no there is no pressure at all.
Just kidding, there totally is.
As for the Green Bay Packers, this draft comes at a critical time for the franchise. Speculation is swirling regarding Aaron Rodgers’ future with the team while general manager Brian Gutekunst is trying to find pieces that will push his team over the hump after losing back-to-back NFC Championships.
Could the Packers add a weapon for Rodgers with someone like Elijah Moore or Rashod Bateman? Will they finally address inside linebacker with someone like Jamin Davis after they saw what Tampa Bay’s ILBs could do in the NFC Championship? Or will they find a future stud to pair with Jaire Alexander like Craig Newsome II or Asante Samuel Jr.?
We will finally have our answers tonight and the traditional complaining about the pick can begin.
Enjoy tonight, folks.
There seems to be little consensus among media covering the Packers, which makes tonight all the more exciting. That being said, fans probably want a wide receiver but don’t be too upset if Ryan Wood and Pete Dougherty are proven correct.
If Bateman falls to the Packers at 29 or if he falls within the range of a logical trade up, Green Bay would be foolish to not try and get him. Pairing him with Davante Adams wouldn’t just make the offense even more potent but it also would give heir apparent Jordan Love an elite target when his time comes.
Meanwhile, NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah was all over Green Bay being interested in Love on draft day last year and this year he’s saying there’s plenty of buzz around Moore and the Packers. While Bateman would be wonderful, chances are he’s off the board well before the Packers could take him. Moore would do just as well.
While the first round gets all the attention, the draft is a three day process after all and the Packers have traditionally done very well in the middle and late rounds.
This is super impressive considering it usually took (ok, TAKES) me at least 30 seconds just to get the straw in the damn pouch.