NFL Draft

3 Players the Packers Should Trade Up For and Steal in the Second Round of the 2022 NFL Draft

Devon Platana
Three players that the Green Bay Packers should trade up for and steal in the second round of the 2022 NFL Draft.
Three players that the Green Bay Packers should trade up for and steal in the second round of the 2022 NFL Draft. / Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports
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The Green Bay Packers' offseason has already been eventful, becoming even busier as the 2022 NFL Draft approaches. Fortunately, they have the privilege of being one of the teams holding multiple first-round selections: Pick No. 22 and 28.

On the other hand, the Packers' first pick on Day 2 isn't until the 53rd overall selection, meaning they may miss out on first-round talents that have slid down. They do have another second-rounder (No. 59) and a third-round pick (No. 92), though, giving them the capital to move up if needed.

Here's a look at three players that the Packers should trade up for and steal in the second round of the 2022 NFL Draft.

Packers NFL Draft Targets

1. George Pickens, WR, Georgia

Georgia's George Pickens is a first-round talent who'll possibly slide to Round 2 due to an ACL tear that limited him to five games in 2021. Having said that, the Packers should jump over the young wideout if he's available. Several scouts pegged him as having WR1 potential after he racked up 727 yards and eight touchdowns on 49 receptions as a freshman. Although he hasn't gotten back to those heights, playing with a four-time NFL MVP in Aaron Rodgers could help him reach that potential. Pickens thrived whenever he was the top target with the Bulldogs and he should have the opportunity for plenty of looks in Green Bay.

2. Devonte Wyatt, DL, Georgia

Sticking with the Bulldogs theme, defensive lineman Devonte Wyatt is a player the Packers will want to keep an eye on if he falls to the second round. The 6-foot-3, 304-pound defender is coming off a career season at Georgia that saw him finish with 39 total tackles (7.0 for a loss), 2.5 sacks and a pair of forced fumbles. He's a great mixture of speed and strength while not being afraid of joining in the pass rush when needed. With the Packers only having two defensive linemen signed through the 2023 season, they should start thinking about the future by trading up for Wyatt.

3. Zion Johnson, OL, Boston College

The Packers' lost some offensive line depth in free agency, making it a priority at the draft. One first-round talent that the Packers should leap on if he slides is Boston College's Zion Johnson. For starters, the 22-year-old o-linemen is versatile, having played 779 offensive snaps at left tackle and 702 at left guard over the last two seasons. He'll also provide Rodgers with plenty of protection, having allowed only one sack and six pressures over 777 offensive snaps in 2021. With Johnson holding the tools to be an everyday NFL contributor, the Packers can't afford to let another team steal him if he falls.

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Devon Platana is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Devon Platana also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username PepeSilvia0. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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