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Packers use draft to improve versatility on defense

02:00 12/12/2020
GREEN BAY, Wis. Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst insisted he went into the NFL draft prepared to go for the best available player with each of Green Bayeight picks.He thinks that plan worked out well for its biggest need Defense Kingsley Keke Jersey.I feel really good right now about the defense, said Gutekunst on Saturday after finishing his second draft with Green Bay. These guys have to come together as a team, and that takes a lot of work and a lot of time. Im excited about Mike Pettine and the second year in the system, but the additions we made James Looney Jersey, I think were very optimistic about what these guys can do.First-round picks Michigan edge rusher Rashan Gary and Maryland safety Darnell Savage, who the Packers traded up to get, should have an immediate impact for Pettine.On Saturday, three of the Packers four picks were defensive players Texas AM defensive lineman Kingsley Keke, Toledo cornerback Kadar Hollman and TCU inside linebacker Ty Summers.I think weve added a lot of playmakers on the defensive side of the ball https://www.packersgearstoreonline.com/Packers_Dashaun_Amos_Jersey, Packers first-year head coach Matt LaFleur said. I think we definitely upgraded our ability to rush the passer. Being an offensive coach, therenothing harder on an offense, especially if you can rotate guys through.In his first year as defensive coordinator, Pettineinjury-filled unit finished the season ranked 18th in total defense and 22nd in scoring defense . In his previous seasons as the defensive coordinator for the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills, Pettine had never had a group finish outside the top 10 in total defense.Having already added three projected starters on defense in free agency in outside linebackers ZaDarius Smith and Preston Smith and safety Adrian Amos, the Packers have only a few projected defensive contributors who are older than 26 Cornerback Tramon Williams , defensive lineman Mike Daniels and outside linebacker Kyler Fackrell .Again, a lot of these guys last yeardraft and some of the guys we acquired obviously therean adjustment period, Gutekunst said. But Im really excited about what we have.WHO THEY GOTWhile the focus turned out to be on defense, the Packers did fill two glaring offensive needs Offensive line depth and a young, athletic tight end. In the second round https://www.packersgearstoreonline.com/Packers_Javien_Hamilton_Jersey, they took Mississippi State center guard Elgton Jenkins, who should compete for the starting right guard job. In the third, they got Texas AM tight end Jace Sternberger, who will develop behind veterans Jimmy Graham and Marcedes Lewis. Sternberger, who the Packers feel can be both an effective pass catcher and in-line blocker, could flourish in LaFleur system.Jace, hegot a pretty cool skill set. Hea tight end who can separate, LaFleur said. That becomes a little bit of a matchup nightmare for a defense.SURPRISE MOVE Gutekunst used both of the teamfourth-round picks to trade up to get Savage. Gutekunst said he had to make that trade to ensure he got him I know for a fact we would not have gotten him at 30, he said but it did make for a difficult morning.Historically, weve tried not to have those gaps, Gutekunst said. It was a long wait. But our numbers were strong, which was nice.HOW THEY DID When he watched the Packers defense last season Davante Adams Jersey, Gutekunst felt Pettine didnt have what he really needed versatile players. And now Gutenkunst feels hegiven Pettine a more flexible crew.Mikebig on moving pieces, and I thought we needed to get a lot more pieces for him to move around, Gutekunst said. I feel much better now than I did previously.WHATS NEXT Having been more active in free agency than they had been under Gutekunstpredecessor, Ted Thompson, the Packers have most of the pieces they plan to go into training camp with. That said, Gutekunst has said from the moment he got the GM job that he will use every avenue of player acquisition, and the team also has a history with undrafted players contributing.The team did stand pat at wide receiver, but having picked three receivers in last yeardraft, that wasnt entirely surprising.
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