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LT - Should be a day 1 starter and premium pick if you're taking one.  Deep class so late 2nd round guys like Patrick Paul fit the bill, but none of the OT's moving to G or RT only.  If we don't go LT early, look to move Tyler Smith outside.

OC - We're looking at guys like JPJ, Frazier, Van Pran - guys who can either start or compete to start with last year's backup.

RB - Not an early pick, but a solid R3-R5 guy who can work well in an RBBC featuring Rico Dowdle  and Deuce Vaughn.  Needs to be a between the T guy who can get hard yards and break contact.

WR - Not an early pick, again, but a decent Slot guy who can work with Cooks (Speed) and Lamb (Possession).  Preferably someone that can support on special teams as well.

ILB - Not a huge need post FA but still one where we lack great depth and could use a day 1 starter.  Run game and Coverage are huge in Zim's scheme and ability to blitz the A gap would be nice, but can't get everything.

CB - Slot/Depth guy with Trevon and DaRon covering outside.


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1- Edge Really this is a difference maker in the front 7 whether that be an Edge or a DT.

2- DT With the retirement of AD the need is obvious. Likely to move Tuner over to 3 tech but it really could be any spot along the front 3. 

3- CB Even with the signing of vets Williams and White CB still will be a need likely addressed in the first 2 days. We have a few younger guys that haven't shown a lot so somebody behind the 2 vents will be welcome. 

4- WR Kupp has been great but is often injured. Puka was great as a rookie. Robinson came on nicely as a #3 last year and could still retain that but is on a 1 year deal. A difference maker at X is a need and personally feel like McVay will get a new toy for Stafford in his last year or two. 

5-S The Curl signing was nice and Russ Yeast has been really good at SS. Quinten Lake could be the NB but there isn't a lot behind those 3. 

6- ILB We need somebody next to Ernest Jones for those times 2 ILB are on the field. 

7- Kicker Tanner Brown is the only one on the roster and he was not it last year. 

Depth at C, QB, RB and a returner

Our backup Center is a UDFA last year that never got any playing time. Jimmy G is #2 behind Stafford and Stetsen Bennett will be back in camp but is he the answer at #3? We really need a return guy ours was simple there for free catches and to watch the kicks go through the end zone on kickoffs. RB also could end up being the return guy but a compliment to Kyren Williams seems in order. We have Rivers and 2nd year Zach Evans who didn't show much. This is likely a bigger need than just depth in hindsight. 

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The Packers have 11 picks and 5 inside the top 100 picks, so they'll definitely be moving around.  I don't evasion them rostering 11 rookies this season.

5 - Major need, expect an early pick.
3 - Moderate need, if opportunity to pick earlier will take otherwise a mid-round pick
1 - No need at all, probably a late round or UDFA target.

QB - Jordan Love has obviously played himself into a big extension this offseason, and the Packers seem to really like Sean Clifford as their backup QB.  But Brian Gutekunst has been vocal about his desire to add to the QB stable even if long-term they're not going to stay with Green Bay.
Need: 1

RB - The Packers released Aaron Jones and signed Josh Jacobs to a 4 year deal, and re-signed AJ Dillon to a 1 year deal.  In terms of 2024 need, there probably isn't a big need here since a rookie RB won't get much playing time outside of special teams, but a potential long-term answer will probably be sought.
Need: 2

WR - The Packers went into the season with the youngest WR corps in the league (by far), and finished the year 14th in receiving yards and 3rd in TD receptions and none of their WRs caught more than 65 balls or gained more than 800 receiving yards.  While they may lack a defined #1 WR, any of their top 4 WRs are capable of going off in any game.
Need: 1

TE - The Packers took two TEs early last year in Luke Musgrave and Tucker Kraft, and the early returns were promising.  Josiah Deguara walked as a FA so they'll likely look to add to the TE room but probably won't be a high pick.  Imagine a Day 3 pick is in order for this position.
Need: 2

OT - After flipping with Yosh Njiman to start the year, Rasheed Walker took a grip of the starting LT spot and he played well in the 2nd half of the season.  And Zach Tom is arguably a top 5 RT today, the Packers don't need a starting offensive tackle in this year's draft.  But they distinctly lack any real proven depth as their backups haven't played but a dozen snaps.
Need: 2

OG - Elgton Jenkins clearly has the LG spot on lockdown, and Sean Rhyan is likely the leader in the clubhouse for the starting RG spot but they'll almost certainly look to bring in competition at the very least.  And there isn't much depth to speak of unless you're talking about Royce Newman who keeps surviving year after year despite miserable play.
Need: 4

C - The Packers' coaching staff really like Josh Myers play much to the dismay of Packers' fans, but he's a FA at the end of the year and they lack depth behind him with Zach Tom and Elgton Jenkins as the only other options at center.  It's possible the Packers could see Zach Tom as the future at center, but that doesn't seem likely at this point.
Need: 3

IDL - Kenny Clark is a FA at the end of the year as is TJ Slaton.  And they selected Devonte Wyatt in the first round 2 years ago, so this might be a surprise "need" for Green Bay.  At the very least, I'd anticipate them adding more depth to this position as they move back to to a 4-3 defense.
Need: 3

EDGE - For the '24 season, the Packers are very deep at EDGE with 3 guys who probably should get starter-level snaps in Preston Smith, Rashan Gary, and Lukas Van Ness.  And Kinglsey Enagbare recovering from a torn ACL, but you can never have too many pass rushers.
Need: 2

LB - This is probably the biggest need of all even if you believe that Isaiah McDuffie can handle one of the starting LB positions.  Quay Walker obviously is another starter, but there isn't even any depth either.  The Packers plan on running nickel as their primary defense, but there just isn't any reason to be confident in this position.
Need: 5

CB - There was some concern that the Packers were looking to move on from Jaire Alexander, but that turnsd out to be untrue.  And Carrington Valentine is coming off a strong rookie campaign, and Keisean Nixon signed a modest deal.  But not a ton of long-term prospects behind those three.
Need: 4

S - The Packers signed Xavier McKinney to a big 4 year deal, but other than him they really don't have many safeties on the roster that aren't going to be exclusively ST players.  Anthony Johnson Jr. probably is penciled into a starting spot right now, but he hasn't earned the position by any means.
Need: 5

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