A lot of the attention given to the Green Bay Packers this season revolved around their two star players, Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams, and rightfully so. They were as important to the team’s success as any players on the team and their decisions this offseason would shape how the front office went about things.
Rodgers ended up working out a deal to remain with the team long-term, but Adams moved on. He was traded to the Las Vegas Raiders after a long-term deal was unable to be worked out following the franchise tag being placed on him.
As a result, there has been a lot of discussion about who Green Bay would get to fill the void at the wide receiver spot. In addition to Adams, the team also lost their No. 2 wide receiver, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, who signed a deal with the Kansas City Chiefs.
It is assumed that the Packers will use at least one of their early picks on a wide receiver. They now have two first and second-round picks, as they received a pick in each round from the Raiders in exchange for Adams to go along with the ones they already owned.
But, wide receivers aren’t the only position that Green Bay has been attached to. Defensive tackles have been mentioned as targets for the Packers as well. One scout believed they would target Devonte Wyatt out of Georgia with one of their first-round picks. Another scout when speaking to NFL Analysis Network revealed another defensive tackle they could pursue in Round 2.
“Yes, the Packers made a big addition with Jarran Reed to play alongside Kenny Clark. But, they still sound interested in adding a young piece for the future on the D-Line. A guy I like for them in the second round is UConn’s, Travis Jones.”
Jones graded out well during offseason testing, as he is someone projected to develop into a starter. It will require some cleaning up of his mechanics and technique, but he has the physical attributes and athleticism to make it happen.
The Connecticut teams that he played for weren’t very good, but he was a standout whenever they were on the field. He produced 134 total tackles from the interior of the defensive line, racking up 19 tackles for loss and nine sacks. This past season he totaled 25 pressures and 21 rush stops as well.
He would make for a high-upside second-round pick given his strong production against the run and potential as a pass rusher. At the very least, he can be a run-stuffer in the middle of a defense for years to come, but the possibility for more is there.