With the thirtieth pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Green Bay Packers select…
30. Green Bay Packers: Jerry Tillery DT | Notre Dame
I know I know, I haven’t given the Packers an offensive playmaker for Aaron Rodgers with either of these two first round picks. Any of the top tight end prospects, wide receivers, hell, even an offensive lineman could be in play for the Pack here at pick #30. I just can’t do it captain! The Packers haven’t taken an offensive player with their first round pick since 2011, and with good reason. Let’s be real for a second. When has the Packers defense ever been good? No seriously. The defense has been the teams achilles heal year after year while Rodgers has to continue to put this team on his back and throw the football all over the field for a ton of yards and a ton of touchdowns. That’s just not a recipe for success.
Rodgers is getting older (would they dare go quarterback with one of their first round picks? Gasp!) and while he could definitely use some more help, it needs to come on the other side of the ball. Green Bay doubled down last year with cornerback Jaire Alexander in the first round and Josh Jackson in the second. This was one year after grabbing Kevin King in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Their secondary should be set. I’ve seen mock drafts with a safety here which would be interesting. They just picked up Adrian Amos in free agency and Josh Jones was taken in the second round of the same draft as King. Did I miss something with Jones? Is he not that good now all of a sudden or wha? After mocking linebacker Devin Bush to Green Bay at pick #12, I’m going to continue to focus on building up the front seven here with Notre Dame defensive tackle Jerry Tillery. Tillery is raw but fits a prototypical 3-4 defensive scheme at end. Mike Daniels is about to hit the big 3-0 and Dean Lowry doesn’t excite me. Pairing Tillery with Kenny Clark on that defensive line with Bush at linebacker, the Smiths on the edge and a nice young secondary. C’mon Packers fans, it’s time to start getting excited about your defense on Sundays.