Green Bay Packers Biggest Needs in Free Agency and the 2019 NFL Draft

CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 16:  Quarterback Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers warms up prior to the game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on December 16, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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After 13 seasons as head coach, the Green Bay Packers finally parted ways with Mike McCarthy, opting to replace him with the now-former Tennessee Titans' offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur.

But that wasn't the only cultural shift Green Bay went through this season. The Packers rarely ever spend big money in free agency, usually preferring to draft and develop talent in-house. However, the Packers' front office doled out huge contracts to Adrian Amos, Za'Darius Smith and Preston Smith this offseason.

Even after this spending spree, the Packers still have some pretty clear holes on their roster.

Given that Aaron Rodgers battled injuries all last season, and missed nine games in the 2017-18 season, the Packers' primary focus should be to protect their star QB. The Packers could look to add a veteran at tackle in case David Bakhtiari or Bryan Bulaga are forced to miss any time. Donald Penn or Jermey Parnell could be worth a flier in free agency, but neither player is likely to make a dramatic impact.

The Packers are also loaded with four draft picks in the first three rounds, so they could address the offensive line with one of their earlier selections. Oklahoma's Cody Ford is versatile enough to play multiple positions, which could make him a valuable addition at pick No. 44.

Kansas State's Dalton Risner is another lineman worth a look, as he projects as an NFL-ready player. He also has the potential to be a long-term replacement for Bulaga now that the Iowa product is 30 years old.

This offense could really go to the next level if Green Bay patches up the offensive line, and adds a playmaker or two in the draft. The Packers hold the No. 12 pick, and adding Ole Miss' D.K. Metcalf to play opposite Davante Adams could give Green Bay a dynamic deep threat. Metcalf is arguably the best receiver in the draft, and the thought of Metcalf catching bombs from Rodgers may be too tempting for Green Bay to pass up.

On the other hand, the Packers have been searching for a go-to tight end for years, and Iowa's Noah Fant could be a great pick at No. 30. Fant can flat-out fly, as he ran a 4.50 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine. Drafting Fant could give Green Bay the long-term solution at tight end it has needed for years, and he could add a whole new element to the team's offense.

If Fant is gone, Alabama's Irv Smith Jr. is another pass-catching tight end who could give Rodgers a reliable safety blanket over the middle of the field.

As for the defense, the Packers don't have many glaring needs after addressing most of their holes via free agency. But now that linebacker Blake Martinez is entering the final season of his contract, Green Bay could draft his future replacement.

If they choose to address it in the first round, Michigan's Devin Bush could be an excellent fit at pick No. 12, but that might be a little early for the Packers to take an inside linebacker. Green Bay could also sit back and hope someone like Alabama's Mack Wilson is available at pick No. 44.

Finally, the Packers still need a safety, even after signing Amos away from the Chicago Bears. Amos is best used as a strong safety, and the Packers' starting free safety, Tramon Williams, is now 36 years old.

If he's there at No. 75, Washington's Taylor Rapp could be a great addition to the team. He's polished enough to play right away, but he could also benefit from playing more of a rotational role while getting groomed to inevitably take over the starting job.

All in all, Green Bay looks poised to make some noise after missing the postseason the last two seasons. If the Packers fix a few holes on defense, and add a playmaker or two in the draft, they could be a force to be reckoned with this coming NFL season.

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Max Staley is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Max Staley also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username mstaley1212. 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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