Packers draft tracker: A look at Green Bay's 2020 picks
The Green Bay Packers entered the 2020 NFL draft with 10 picks. Bookmark this page for up-to-the-minute results of each Packers pick, with a link to each player’s individual story containing analysis, stats and reaction from around the league.
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Here is a look at the Packers' picks by round:
ROUND 1: No. 26 overall
THE PICK: Jordan Love, quarterback, Utah State
QUICK TAKE FROM TOM SILVERSTEIN: "The thing I like about this pick is that it provides Rodgers with competition. He's not going to be able to do whatever he wants from this point on."
PACKERSNEWS ANALYSIS: The Packers traded up from No. 30 overall to select Jordan Love, Aaron Rodgers' potential successor under center in Green Bay. Fifteen years after taking Rodgers with Brett Favre already cemented as the starter, the Packers do it again in 2020. Love is widely considered one of the more talented throwers in the draft, but struggled with accuracy and needs time to develop. Coming off an NFC championship appearance, the Packers clearly felt adding a franchise quarterback for the future was too important to pass up, and will have to address the 2020 team in later picks.
USA TODAY ANALYSIS: Miami, which imported this choice in the aforementioned 2019 deal for Laremy Tunsil, flips it to the Pack for No. 30 and a fourth-rounder. Interesting to note that Aaron Rodgers, 36, is now older than Brett Favre was when Rodgers was surprisingly drafted as his heir apparent in 2005. Love is likely to sit behind A-Rod for a few years (year even?), developmental time he probably needs given his sometimes suspect decision-making. However considering Love's skill set has been loosely compared to Patrick Mahomes, this is going to create quite a compelling conversation in the land of Cheeseheads.
ROUND 2: No. 62 overall
THE PICK: AJ Dillon, running back, Boston College
QUICK TAKE FROM TOM SILVERSTEIN: "You have to wonder if Matt LaFleur saw Derrick Henry in AJ Dillon. LaFleur was offensive coordinator in Tennessee when Henry took off there."
PACKERSNEWS ANALYSIS: Matt LaFleur said his offense could use another running back to go with Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams and GM Brian Gutekunst gave him that with a second-round pick in Boston College running back AJ Dillon. At 6 feet, 247 pounds, Dillon gives the offense a change-of-pace big back, but he clocked a 4.53-second 40-yard dash, so he can still create big plays with his speed. With Jones and Williams entering the final years of their contracts, Dillon also gives the Packers needed depth at the position looking ahead. He is the highest drafted running back since Eddie Lacy was picked No. 61 overall in 2013.
USA TODAY ANALYSIS: He's 6 feet and 247 pounds and he'll bowl over defenders. Be interesting to see what his arrival means for Aaron Jones after his breakout effort in 2019.
ROUND 3: No. 94 overall
THE PICK: Josiah Deguara, tight end, Cincinnati
QUICK TAKE FROM TOM SILVERSTEIN: "This really tells me that LaFleur wants to have a dominant run game and that all of their passing will be off play-action. May be the reason why they don't think they need a lot of wide receivers."
PACKERSNEWS ANALYSIS: The Packers did add a potential pass-catching option for Aaron Rodgers on day two of the draft by picking a tight end in Josiah Deguara out of the University of Cincinnati. Pro Football Focus likes his route-running ability and blocking, alling him a good H-back option for head coach Matt LaFleur. The senior caught 39 passes and seven touchdowns in 2019 and was sure-handed with only a couple of drops. It's the second year in a row the Packers picked a tight end in the third round but, along with the pick of AJ Dillon, the Packers prove they are committed to trying to establish a dominant run game in 2020.
USA TODAY ANALYSIS: Could vie with 2019 third-rounder Jace Sternberger to be Aaron Rodgers' primary tight end option in the wake of Jimmy Graham's departure. Deguara has 77 catches since 2018.
ROUND 5: No. 175 overall
THE PICK: Kamal Martin, linebacker, Minnesota
QUICK TAKE FROM TOM SILVERSTEIN: "This guy is probably like a Desmond Bishop. Physical, able to take on blockers, probably not as fundamental a tackler but he has some juice in his pads."
PACKERSNEWS ANALYSIS: The Packers added an inside linebacker to its draft class and it fills an immediate hole as only Christian Kirksey and Oren Burks have played a snap of defense in the NFL (Ty Summers played only on special teams in 2019). Martin is interesting in that he began his college career as an edge defender, then played some slot corner, and then found a home as an off-the-ball linebacker. The Packers need some coverage versatility out of the linebacking corps and no doubt feel Martin can bring that to the defense.
ROUND 6: No. 192 overall
THE PICK: Jon Runyan, guard, Michigan
QUICK TAKE FROM TOM SILVERSTEIN: "My guess is that they will try Runyan at tackle. That's where he played in college and they need to find out if that's where he can play. If he can't they'll slide him over. Typically, that have their young linemen play both guard and tackle in training camp."
PACKERSNEWS ANALYSIS: Though the Packers may cross-train Jon Runyan whenever practices can begin, the big man out of Michigan does project as a guard. There is no immediate need on paper for him to play right away, as the Packers spent $28 million on right guard Billy Turner and drafted left guard Elgton Jenkins in the second round in 2019. It's possible Turner kicks out to right tackle in a pinch, and Runyan obviously has that skill set as well. At 6-4 and 306 pounds, Runyan clocked a 5.06-second 40-yard dash at the combine, giving the Packers another big lineman who can get out and move in Matt LaFleur's wide zone running scheme.
ROUND 6: No. 208 overall
THE PICK: Jake Hanson, center, Oregon
QUICK TAKE FROM TOM SILVERSTEIN: "Hanson is big. 6-4, 303. I'm guessing the Packers think he can play guard."
PACKERSNEWS ANALYSIS: The Packers elected to beef up the depth of the offensive line in the later rounds and took a four-year starting center out of Oregon in Jake Hanson. Lucas Patrick, who was signed to a contract extension last season, backed up ironman Corey Linsley last year at center, but Linsley is entering the final year of his contract and Hanson provides some insurance in the middle of the line. A knock on Hanson is his consistency with shotgun snaps, but he can move and is durable.
ROUND 6: No. 209 overall
THE PICK: Simon Stepaniak, tackle, Indiana
QUICK TAKE FROM TOM SILVERSTEIN: "(Along with Hanson) That's two guys coming off knee surgery that Gutekunst has taken. Wow, that's not good."
PACKERSNEWS ANALYSIS: The Packers were not entirely thrilled with how effective the run game was last season in Matt LaFleur’s first as head coach and play-caller, so after adding starting guards Billy Turner and Elgton Jenkins before last year GM Brian Gutekunst is reshaping the rest of the room with young players that can play — and provide depth — at multiple positions. Stepaniak has impressive weight room strength but several draft analysts didn't see it translate to the field, so he may need time to develop his skill set.
ROUND 7: No. 236 overall
THE PICK: Vernon Scott, safety, TCU
QUICK TAKE FROM TOM SILVERSTEIN: "Safeties at this part of the draft are taken for special teams."
PACKERSNEWS ANALYSIS: With their first of two seventh-round picks, the Packers go back to Texas and take a TCU defensive player (they took Horned Frogs linebacker Ty Summers in the seventh round in 2019). Like Summers, if Scott makes the team it will be because he makes plays in the preseason but can immediately contribute on special teams. With entrenched starters Adrian Amos and Darnell Savage Jr. and key special teams player and backup Will Redmond, Scott could potentially add some depth on the back end.
ROUND 7: No. 242 overall
THE PICK: Jonathan Garvin, defensive end, Miami
QUICK TAKE FROM TOM SILVERSTEIN: "Not a single WR. Incredible."
PACKERSNEWS ANALYSIS: With their final pick of the 2020 NFL Draft, the Packers selected an athletic edge player in Jonathan Garvin, who played immediately as a true freshman for the Miami Hurricanes. Garvin looks great and has impressive athletic ability but it didn't always translate to the field, so there is a bet on upside here.