With the twelfth pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Green Bay Packers select…
12. Green Bay Packers: Devin Bush LB | Michigan
Packers general manger Brian Gutekunst has been busy this offseason which may or may not be to the delight of fans who were so used to a quiet free agency period during the Ted Thompson era. Offensively, Green Bay brought in Billy Turner, who is expected to compete at guard, as well as resigned veteran tight end Marcedes Lewis. On defense, they bring in former division rival safety Adrian Amos and a pair of pass rushers in Preston Smith and Za’Darius Smith (no relation) to replace Nick Perry and longtime Packer Clay Matthews. I’m not a huge Amos fan and I think one Smith signing would have sufficed but to each his own. So what do the Packers have left to address?
There’s no question Aaron Rodgers needs more weapons. Davante Adams is a stud, but he can’t do it all by himself. Randall Cobb has followed Jordy Nelson out the door at receiver and both Lewis and tight end Jimmy Graham aren’t getting any younger. Meanwhile at the running back position, I’m still not sold on a committee of Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams. The Packers have two first round picks in the 2019 NFL Draft and may opt to double down with some offensive playmakers. Perhaps here at #12 an Iowa tight end is in the mix in either Noah Fant or T.J. Hockenson, if he’s still on the board. Then maybe with pick #30 they grab a receiver like Mississippi’s A.J. Brown or a running back like Alabama’s Josh Jacobs. I think when it’s all said and done the Packers will use a first round pick on each side of the ball.
I just talked about Michigan linebacker Devin Bush at pick #11 for the Bengals and was ready to put him there but felt it was too early. The knack on Bush has been his size but his combine measurables checked in very closely to LSU’s Devin White. You know what, Roquan Smith went #8 overall in last year’s draft followed by Tremaine Edmunds at #16 overall, so screw it. Green Bay has some guy by the name of Blake Martinez holding down one of the two inside linebacker spots. That doesn’t sound like an NFL linebacker to me, sounds like the name of some Mexican prep school kid. Perhaps the Packers take a page out of the Bears book when Chicago had Leonard Floyd and Danny Trevathan in place before trading for Khalil Mack and drafting Roquan Smith. We just talked about the Packers signing the Smith’s this offseason, and they actually drafted inside linebacker Oren Burks in the 3rd round last year, so Bush could be the final piece. The Packers haven’t taken an inside linebacker in the first round since A.J. Hawk back in 2006. Come on Gutekunst, make my day!