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NFL Draft Predictions for the Green Bay Packers in the First Round

By Dan O'Shea
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The Green Bay Packers are about to begin a new chapter with a new coach. They still have some needs following the free agency period of the offseason, which they could address in the draft. Green Bay has the 12th pick in the draft and has an excellent opportunity to add a potential star.

Here are three players the Packers could land in next the NFL Draft.

3. T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa

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It may not seem like tight end is the best pick with Jimmy Graham still on the team, but all signs point to T.J. Hockenson being an excellent fit in this offense. After finishing last season with six touchdowns and 760 yards, he proved he can be a threat in the passing game. What makes him an exceptional option for the Packers is his ability to pass block as well as run block, making him the total package for a team that needs to check off as many boxes as possible.

2. D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss

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Green Bay addressed many defensive needs during free agency by adding Adrian Amos, Za'Darius Smith and Preston Smith, which allows it to focus on the offensive side of the ball. The Packers already should have an improved offense with Matt LeFlaur coupled with the weapons they have in this offense (Aaron Rodgers, Aaron Jones, and Davante Adams). Imagine adding a wide receiver who runs a 4.3 40, looms over cornerbacks at 6'3", and is strong enough to gain separation with 27 bench-press reps at the combine? It would give the Packers the unstoppable offense they've been expected to have.

1. Ed Oliver, DT, Houston

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Ed Oliver has the talent to land in the top five but is slipping in many mock drafts all the way to the Packers after not performing at the combine. That would be a gift for this franchise as they could use more playmakers on defense. Oliver has proven he can pressure the quarterback from the middle with 13.5 sacks in three years. He is a run stopping asset too with 53 tackles for loss. He has all the tools to move around and play numerous spots on the d-line. If Oliver's around, he would be a phenomenal value pick for Green Bay.

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