The Green Bay Packers hold quite a treasure trove of picks on the morning before the 2019 NFL Draft. General manager Brian Gutekunst has ten selections to work with as of Thursday morning, with a pair of selections in the first round.
Gutekunst added three more picks to the Packers’ normal seven through shrewd trades in 2018. The first-round pick came courtesy of the New Orleans Saints, who traded this year’s first in order to move up from 27 to the Packers’ 14th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. New Orleans selected defensive end Marcus Davenport, while the Packers later moved back up to the 18th pick to select cornerback Jaire Alexander.
The other two added picks come on day three, as the Packers have extra selections in rounds four and six as a result of trading safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and quarterback Brett Hundley.
Because of the team’s two first-round selections, the Packers’ rookie pool is the fourth-highest of any team in this year’s draft. That term refers to the total amount of salary cap hit that the team’s current draft choices will take up in year one of their contracts, not considering the Top 51 salary cap rule. Green Bay’s picks currently have a pool value of $10,304,256 (according to Over the Cap), though the actual cap space required to sign the picks would be only about $4.8 million. The Packers’ pool value is fourth-highest in the NFL as of this moment because first-round picks take up the bulk of that pool value; they trail only the New York Giants (first-round picks at 6 and 17), the Oakland Raiders (three first-rounders at 5, 24, and 27), and the Arizona Cardinals (picking first overall).
Here are the team’s ten current selections.
Packers’ 2019 Draft Picks
#12 overall: Rashan Gary, EDGE, Michigan
#21 overall: Darnell Savage, Jr., S, Maryland (acquired from Seahawks for picks #30, #114, & #118)
#30 overall (acquired from Saints on 2018 draft-day trade) — traded
#12 (#44 overall): Elgton Jenkins, G, Mississippi State
#11 (#75 overall): Jace Sternberger, TE, Texas A&M
#12 (#114 overall) — traded #16 (#118 overall — acquired from Washington for S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix ) — traded
#12 (#150 overall): Kingsley Keke, DT, Texas A&M
#12 (#226 overall) — Ty Summers, LB, TCU