2021 NFL Draft: 3 players the Packers should already be targeting

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The Green Bay Packers have been one of the top teams in the NFL so far this season. Aaron Rodgers has returned to MVP form and the franchise looks like a legitimate Super Bowl contender. However, it is never too early to begin looking at how the team could improve in the future.

During last offseason, the Packers received a ton of heat for not bringing in a wide receiver for Rodgers. They also did not address the linebacker position, which was another major area of need.

While they haven’t paid the price and taken a step back like many thought they would for not pursuing their main needs, they would be in a much better place had they brought in a young wideout like Tee Higgins.

Looking ahead to the 2021 NFL Draft, the Packers will once again have quite a few talented options to choose from to address their needs. Once again, those needs will likely be at wide receiver, linebacker, and on the defensive line.

Let’s take a look at three prospects the Packers should already be taking notice of.

3. Joseph Ossai, Linebacker, Texas

Very few players have been moving up draft boards as quickly as Ossai has this season with the Longhorns. He has been dominant at the linebacker position and would give the Packers a much-needed boost in the middle of their defense.

So far this year with Texas, Ossai has racked up 48 total tackles to go along with four sacks, three forced fumbles, and two defended passes.

His ability to make plays is obvious and he is an intimidating presence at linebacker. He stands in at 6-foot-4 and 253 pounds, which would give the Packers great size. Ossai should be a player of interest already in the draft.

2. Rondale Moore, Wide Receiver, Purdue

Another intriguing player the Packers could target in the first round would be Purdue wideout Rondale Moore. Matt LaFleur and Rodgers really need a speedy wide receiver to put into their slot. Moore would fit that bill perfectly.

He hasn’t played for the Boilermakers this season, but his talent and potential are obvious. Last season, he had a down year and dealt with some injury issues, but caught 29 passes for 387 yards and two scores. Back in 2018, however, he caught 114 passes for 1,258 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Moore is expected to go in the first-round of the NFL Draft and the Packers would be a perfect landing spot. If the Packers were to get him, he would be an immediate playmaker for Rodgers to utilize.

1. Christian Barmore, Defensive Line, Alabama

If there has been one glaring need for the Packers this season, it has been their inability to stop the run. Kenny Clark is one of the most dominant defensive tackles in the NFL, but he cannot do it all by himself.

Bringing in a piece like Barmore would be ideal for Green Bay. At 6-foot-5 and 310 pounds, Barmore would give the Packers a two-headed monster on the line. He would help Mike Pettine’s defense clog up in the middle and slow down the run.

With Dalvin Cook arguably being the best running back in the NFL, the Packers need to improve their defensive line. Barmore would be the best potential option for them late in the first round of the NFL Draft.