Packers' Woes Raise 2024 NFL Draft Prospects


The Green Bay Packers have found themselves in a dire situation as the 2023 NFL season unfolds. The once-mighty Packers now appear lost, struggling to find their identity and put points on the board. The first half of their games has been devoid of touchdowns, with the last one coming in Week 2 against the Atlanta Falcons. The defense, though not as troublesome as the offense, relies heavily on soft zone coverage, a strategy most effective with a potent pass rush. However, the Packers' pass rush, outside of Rashan Gary, is nearly non-existent and inconsistent at best. In sum, watching the Packers play, especially on offense, has become a painful experience, akin to enduring a root canal while enduring the agony of nails on a chalkboard. The Packers' record has plummeted to 2-5 after their disheartening 24-10 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. With their current trajectory, they are only one game away from securing the first overall selection in the 2024 NFL Draft. This is a remarkable turn of events for a franchise that has rarely had such high draft picks. The Packers have only had one top-five selection in the NFL Draft this century when they picked linebacker AJ Hawk fifth overall in 2006. Their last top-three selection dates back to 1989 when they drafted tackle Tony Mandarich second overall (an infamous misstep). The last time they owned the first overall selection was in 1959, when they picked Iowa quarterback Randy Duncan.

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