Brian Gutekunst and the Green Bay Packers have been very active in the NFL Draft over the last couple of years. In both of those years, the Packers have made trades in the first round. That could be the case once again this year.
CBS Sports suggested that the Packers could trade up in the first round this year. They also hinted that it might not be for a wide receiver, as Oklahoma standout linebacker Kenneth Murray might be in their sights.
CBS Sports NFL draft analyst Josh Edwards noted the Packers as one of the most likely teams that could trade up in the first round. But instead of trading up for a receiver, the Packers may decide to trade up in order to select Kenneth Murray, the top-ranked inside linebacker in the draft.
This is certainly something to keep an eye on. But, should the Packers be looking to trade up?
Absolutely. The Packers need to be aggressive to add the most talent that they possibly can. Green Bay is a piece or two away from making a run at a Super Bowl.
Aaron Rodgers isn’t getting any younger. The window is open, but for how long we don’t know. Gutekunst and company cannot afford to waste time and if a trade is there to acquire a big-time talent, they should make it.
Trading up for Murray would make a lot of sense. Christian Kirksey was signed by the Packers in free agency, but there are legitimate concerns about his health. However, adding another wide receiver might make sense too, especially if a guy like Henry Ruggs III drops a bit farther than expected.
Green Bay is going to be a team to keep an eye on. Gutekunst has brought an aggressive mindset to the Packers for the first time in years. Trading in the draft is something he has no problem doing.
Expect to hear quite a few rumors and reports come out about the Packers and their draft intentions in the coming weeks. Don’t be surprised if the team swing another trade or two in the 2020 NFL Draft.