• Round 1, Pick 13: OT Taliese Fuaga, Oregon State: Fuaga burst onto the scene this year. He earned an 80.4 overall grade in 2022 before jumping to an 89.0-plus mark in 2023.
• Round 2, Pick 45: S Calen Bullock, USC: The Packers need an impact player in their secondary, especially at safety, and Bullock has some of the best ball production of any safety in college football.
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Sitting at 5-6, the Green Bay Packers aren’t giving up on collecting wins this season. But their fans are likely looking to the upcoming offseason to see who their team can acquire to keep the franchise going in the right direction for 2024.
ROUND 1, PICK 13: OT TALIESE FUAGA, OREGON STATE
Whatever happens with offensive tackle David Bakhtiari and his contract this offseason, the Packers need to operate under the impression that they'll need new offensive line talent in 2024.
Fuaga really burst onto the scene this year. He earned an 80.4 overall grade in 2022 before jumping to an 89.0-plus mark in 2023. He brings a ton of power to the right tackle position. He’s a punisher of an offensive lineman who will not only push people around but finish them out of the play if he has the chance. He doesn’t have the fast footwork of some of the class' other top offensive tackles, but I still believe his movement ability can win in the pros.
ROUND 2, PICK 40: DI KRIS JENKINS, MICHIGAN
If the Packers prioritize power in the middle of their defense this draft season, Jenkins will be high on their radar. Son of former All-Pro defensive tackle Kris Jenkins Sr., Junior isn’t as big as his father was as a prospect and an NFL player (his dad was 6-foot-5 and 316 pounds at the NFL Combine, and Junior is listed at 6-foot-3 and 305), but he is a similarly dominant presence in the run game.
Jenkins isn’t an impact pass-rusher, recording just a 10.9% pass-rush win percentage this year and an 8.3% clip last year, but he is one of the strongest players in college football and can play that kind of pivotal role in the NFL.
ROUND 2, PICK 45: S CALEN BULLOCK, USC
The Packers need an impact player in their secondary, especially at safety, and Bullock has some of the best ball production of any safety in college football. Over the past three years, he has 10 interceptions and 17 forced incompletions. His range is elite as a single-high defender.
However, he does struggle in run defense at just 190 pounds. He has a missed tackle percentage of 16% this season, something that must improve if he is to be an impactful coverage defender at the next level.
ROUND 3, PICK 77: CB CAELEN CARSON, WAKE FOREST
Carson has made no shortage of impact plays as a run defender. Coaches who love when their cornerbacks can come up and tackle will be big fans of his. There are moments when he flashes a quick start-and-stop ability to hang with wide receivers in their routes, but that sticky coverage isn’t as consistent as it needs to be. He is aggressive and fiery as a player, but that can burn him, at times. If he can become more anticipatory, he can be an important player in an NFL cornerback rotation.
ROUND 3, PICK 80: RB MARSHAWN LLOYD, USC
If the Packers want some new juice in their running back room — given the fact that Aaron Jones’ cap hit jumps heavily next season and AJ Dillon has not been effective — Lloyd is a name to watch. The former South Carolina Gamecock was a highly touted recruit coming out of high school, but injuries limited his impact in Columbia. He transferred to USC prior to this season and has been enjoying a career year. He is averaging nearly 4.0 yards after contact per attempt and has a very impressive missed tackles forced per attempt average (0.41). Lloyd is electric in the open field.
ROUND 4, PICK 113: CB KHYREE JACKSON, OREGON
We're double-dipping at cornerback because NFL teams can never have too many good cover players. Jackson has a unique scouting profile. First and foremost, he is 6-foot-3 and 195 pounds, which means teams looking for bigger cornerbacks will automatically have him on their radars.
Jackson started his college career at Fort Scott Community College, a JUCO program, before transferring to East Mississippi Community College, another JUCO program, in 2020. Due to COVID-19, he never actually played for EMCC. He then transferred to Alabama in 2021. He was there for two seasons but didn’t get much playing time on defense, transferring again to Oregon, where he’s put up pretty good numbers. His resume includes a sub-50% completion percentage allowed and fewer than 200 receiving yards surrendered this season.
ROUND 4, PICK 135: OG JAVION COHEN, MIAMI (FL)
In a similar vein to the cornerback selections, NFL teams can never have too many good young offensive linemen. Cohen was a starter at left guard for Alabama before transferring to Miami this past offseason. He’s a powerful player who has compiled some fantastic repetitions over the past two years of displacing and finishing opponents when he gets them in between his shoulders.
But Cohen also has some frustrating repetitions when he is beaten with speed, especially when defenders can get across his face. He needs to anticipate better to not get burned as hard against faster interior pass-rushers, but there is a good amount to like from a strength perspective.