The Green Bay Packers are heading into the 2021 NFL Draft with quite a few needs to address in order to make the final leap and into the Super Bowl. Brian Gutekunst needs to nail this draft, not just in the first-round, but in the second, third, and fourth rounds as well. In this article, we will be focusing specifically on the No. 62 overall pick.
Among the needs that the Packers must focus on are wide receiver, cornerback, offensive line, and defensive line. They don’t need to bring in immediate starters at all of those positions, but they need to find talent.
With the first-round pick, many believe that the Packers will target a wide receiver. However, Green Bay is far from predictable.
All of that being said, let’s dive in and take a look at three perfect options for the Packers with the No. 62 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
3. Quinn Meinerz, Center, Wisconsin-Whitewater
If the Packers want to make a non-sexy pick, they could take a center to help replace Corey Linsley. Losing Linsley will be a massive blow for the Green Bay offensive line. The team has to find a way to replace him to keep Aaron Rodgers protected and healthy.
Quinn Meinerz stands in at 6-foot-3 and 320 pounds and has great athleticism for the center position. He would not turn any heads with a second-round selection, but the Packers would love what they would get from him early on and he could very well compete for a starting job.
2. D’Wayne Eskridge, Wide Receiver, Western Michigan
On the other hand, if the Packers do not find a new offensive weapon in the first round, they could look for one at No. 62. D’Wayne Eskridge would be a very good pick at this point.
Eskridge had a solid 2020 season with the Broncos, catching 34 passes for 784 yards and eight touchdowns. He averaged an impressive 23.1 yards per reception. The Packers need a deep threat, and Eskridge could absolutely become that for them.
Green Bay needs to find Rodgers another weapon and this could be the pick that gets that done.
1. Elijah Molden, Cornerback, Washington
Finally, the Packers need to make sure that they find a young cornerback capable of starting early if need be. The team chose to re-sign Kevin King, but no one is sure if he will stick as a starter. King was torched in the NFC Championship Game last season by Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and no one expected the Packers to re-sign him.
Molden could be able to come in and compete with King for a starting job. Over the last two years at Washington, Molden compiled 105 total tackles to go along with three forced fumbles, five interceptions, and 13 defended passes.
The Packers need to improve their defense if they want to win a Super Bowl. Molden may not be the piece that puts them over the top, but he would be a quality addition.