Need #1: Wide Receiver

Notable Free Agents:

  • Geronimo Allison (had an opportunity to emerge as a WR2 last season but was eventually passed on the depth chart by younger players, both sides are probably ready to move on)
  • Allen Lazard (EFRA, got an opportunity to play in Week 6 and made the most of it - finished the season with 35 catches for 477 yards, and 3 TDs, showed nice chemistry with Rodgers, should be in-line for a featured role in 2020)
  • Jake Kumerow (preseason standout, made 4 starts in 2019, finished the year with 12 catches for 219 yards and a TD)

Notable Players Under Contract:

  • Davante Adams (missed 5 games due to injury, when healthy continued to be one of the league's top WRs, had an elite 2 game postseason stretch with 17 catches for 298 yards and 2 TDs, but health is, of course, a concern - he's never started a full 16 games and has a history of concussions) 
  • Marquez Valdes-Scantling (2018 5th rounder, flashed playmaking upside as a rookie and had some big moments early in the 2019 season - but faded down the stretch and barely saw the field by the time the playoffs hit, he stills offers upside as a speedy vertical threat but his roster spot does not seem guaranteed) 
  • Equanimeous St. Brown (2018 6th rounder, showed a moderate amount of promise as a rookie but missed the entire 2019 season with an ankle injury)

Need Level: Very High

Need to Address:

  • As the Rodgers era comes to an end, the Packers must add top-caliber WR talent. They will continue to waste what's left of their HOF QB if they continue to ignore this position. 

Updates:

  • Resigned Allen Lazard 
  • Resigned Jake Kumerow
  • Signed Devin Funchess (missed the 2019 season with a collarbone injury, had a notable year in 2017 with 63 catches for 840 yards and 8 TDs, he's got the size to be a factor in the red zone and offers some WR2 upside) 
  • COVID 19 Opt-out: Devin Funchess (the only WR the Packers added this offseason, WR was the top need before he opted-out and is an even bigger need now - wonder what the trade market at the position looks like?)
  • Signed Travis Fulgham (2019 6th rounder, did not receiving playing time as a rookie, but should have a chance to make the team in GB - considering the sorry state of the WR depth chart)
  • Signed Malik Turner (2018 UDFA, 15 receptions in SEA last season, good size, landing in GB is a best case scenerio for him)

Need #2: Offensive Tackle

Notable Free Agents:

  • Bryan Bulaga (a long-time staple at RT, started all 16 games last season and played at a high-level, he's been a stabilizing force on the line for a while - but with limited cap space the Packers will probably let him walk) 
  • Jason Spriggs (2016 2nd rounder, injuries may have stunted his development, made only 9 starts from 2016-2018 and missed the entire 2019 season with an injury) 

Notable Players Under Contract:

  • David Bakhtiari (excellent veteran LT, elite pass protector and strong run blocker, Pro Bowler in 2018 and 2019, incredibly reliable and durable - has started 106 of 108 possible games since being drafted in 2013, he's arguably the best LT in football) 
  • Yosh Nijman (2019 UDFA, spent most of his rookie year on the practice squad, built-in-a-lab size and athletic ability, but very underdeveloped from a technique standpoint, high developmental upside - could compete for a backup job in 2020)

Need Level: Very High

Need to Address:

  • The Packers will need to either resign or replace Bulaga at RT. A swing tackle is also needed. 

Updates:

  • Signed Ricky Wagner (experienced right tackle, had a rough season in Detroit last year but was better in 2018, has not completed a full 16 game season since 2015, this would appear to be a downgrade from Bulaga) 

Need #3: Linebacker

Notable Free Agents: 

  • Blake Martinez (4-year starter at ILB, off the charts tackling production, defensive leader, but there are occasional coverage issues due to limited range) 
  • B.J. Goodson (did not stand out across 9 2019 starts, but could be brought back to serve depth role)

Notable Players Under Contract:

  • Oren Burks (2018 3rd rounder, through two seasons he's made next to no impact on defense - though training camp/preseason injuries seem to have stunted his development, 2020 will be a defining season for his future with the team) 
  • Ty Summers (2019 7th rounder, showed well on special teams as a rookie, role could increase next season) 

Need Level: Very High

Need to Address: 

  • If Martinez leaves in FA the Packers will need to add at least one new starting-caliber LB. Ideally someone who can bolster what was a poor run defense in 2019. 

Updates:

  • Signed Christian Kirksey (missed most of the 2019 season due to injury - and was limited by injuries in 2018 as well, when healthy he racks up tackles and can be a force vs the run, but coverage can be problematic, if he can stay on the field the production may be similar to Martinez - but at a much cheaper price) 
  • Drafted in 5th Round: Kamal Martin (projects as an ILB, good size, explosive straight-line hitter, but lacks range and struggles in coverage, may be limited to a special teams role) 

Need #4: Defensive Line

Notable Free Agents:

  • Tyler Lancaster (2018 UDFA, 15 starts over the past 2 seasons, underwhelming run-stuffer - not a pass-rusher) 

Notable Players Under Contract:

  • Kenny Clark (one of GB's top defensive players, started 16/16 games at NT, was excellent in 2019 - 6 sacks, 9 TFLs, and strong run defense, he's a building block who deserves a long-term extension) 
  • Dean Lowry (run-stuffing 3-4 DE, received a contract extension last year, started all 16 in 2019 but generated very little pressure - 0 sacks and only 2 TFLs, starting job in 2020 is probably not guaranteed) 
  • Kingsley Keke (2019 5th rounder, did not see the field much as a rookie, he flashed pass-rush ability throughout his college career, a year 2 jump is certainly possible) 
  • Montravius Adams (2017 3rd rounder, entered the 2019 season with big expectations and saw substantial playing time - but he failed to make an impact and by the end of the season was seeing minimal snaps, while his career has been a disappointment to this point - his athletic traits still leave some hope for the future)

Need Level: High

Need to Address:

  • The Packers run-defense was a disaster in 2019 and their inability to stop Raheem Mostert in the NFC Championship game may be the main reason they missed out on the Super Bowl. Outside of Clark, the rest of the line is upgradeable. 

Updates:

  • Resigned Tyler Lancaster
  • Signed Treyvon Hester (young rotational DL, 2 starts and 2 sacks over 3 career seasons) 

Need #5: Cornerback

Notable Free Agents:

  • Tramon Williams (37 years old, has spent 10 of his 13 pro seasons with the Packers, primarily served as nickel CB in 2019 - and played very well)
  • Chandon Sullivan (2018 UDFA, core special-teamer who has flashed upside when given an opportunity on defense) 

Notable Players Under Contract:

  • Jaire Alexander (2018 1st rounder, one of the league's most promising young CBs, played at a borderline Pro Bowl-level in 2019 - and should take another step forward in 2020) 
  • Kevin King (2017 1st rounder, injuries held him back as a rookie and in 2018 - but he stayed healthy in 2019 and had a strong season, excellent ball production - 5 INTs, 15 PBUs, though there were still some inconsistent moments, 2020 will be a contract year and if he can pick where he left off and stay healthy... a big paycheck will be waiting for him)
  • Josh Jackson (2018 2nd rounder, made 10 starts as a rookie and struggled, saw less playing time in 2019 - but the quality of play continued to disappoint, he has talent - 8 INTs and 18 PBUs as a junior in college - but will be entering a make or break season in 2020, perhaps a King-like 3rd-year breakout will be in store) 
  • Ka'dar Hollman (2019 6th rounder, showed well in the preseason but barely played thereafter, has the upside to take on a larger role in 2020) 

Need Level: Moderate

Need to Address:

  • The Packers will need to address the nickel spot. Long-term depth should also be considered with King entering a contract year. 

Updates:

  • Resigned Chandon Sullivan

Need #6: Interior Offensive Line

Notable Free Agents:

  • None

Notable Players Under Contract:

  • Billy Turner (signed a 4-year/$28 million deal last offseason, started 16/16 games at RG, quality of play was sub-par - will need to improve in 2020 if he intends on playing out the rest of his contract)
  • Corey Linsley (has been the Packers starting center for the past six seasons, quality of play has been consistently above-average, but will be a FA in 2021) 
  • Elgton Jenkins (2019 2nd rounder, had a phenomenal rookie season - started 14/16 games at LG and played at a Pro Bowl level, should be blocking in GB for many years to come) 
  • Lane Taylor (solid/unspectacular guard, missed most of the 2019 season with a biceps injury, Jenkins proved to be an excellent replacement and has the starting job locked-down, meaning Taylor will either be released/traded or moved to a backup role in 2020)
  • Cole Madison (2018 5th rounder, sat out his rookie year due to a personal issue, returned to the team in 2019 but did not play a snap before tearing his ACL in November, will be fighting for a roster spot in 2020) 
  • Lucas Patrick (versatile C/OG backup, 6 career starts, GB signed him to an extension in December) 

Need Level: Moderate

Need to Address:

  • The Packers could begin the replacement process at center - as Linsley is a 2021 FA. They could also look at upgrading Turner - who has not lived up to his contract. 

Updates:

  • Restructured Lane Taylor 
  • Drafted in 6th Round: Jon Runyan (played tackle at Michigan but projects as a guard in the pros due to limited physical traits, was an effective college player - especially in the run game, has some degree of starting upside and at the very least should become a versatile backup) 
  • Drafted in 6th Round: Jake Hanson (4-year starter at center for UCLA, had a solid college career, plays with good technique but can struggle vs. powerful rushers, highly regarded for his football IQ and pre-snap OL leadership, athletically there are limitations but there is some starting upside) 
  • Drafted in 6th Round: Simon Stepaniak (experienced guard - 31 career starts, excellent upper body strength - put up 37 reps at the Combine, can be a bruising run blocker but pass protection technique is lacking, tore his ACL in December, not a bad late-round developmental pick) 
  • Released Cole Madison

Need #7: Tight End / Fullback

Notable Free Agents:

  • Marcedes Lewis (will be 36 in May, doesn't offer much in the passing game but still gets the job done as a blocker) 
  • Robert Tonyan (2018 UDFA, WR to TE convert with intriguing size and athletic ability, has only received limited playing time - but has flashed upside when given the opportunity) 

Notable Players Under Contract:

  • Jace Sternberger (2019 3rd rounder, spent the first 8 weeks of his rookie year on IR, did not record a single regular-season catch upon his return, though he did catch 2 passes for 13 yards and a TD in the NFC Championship game, projected as a playmaking 'move'/slot TE after a very productive final collegiate season at TAMU, should be in contention for the starting job in 2020) 
  • Jimmy Graham (has underwhelmed over two-year stretch in GB, only 38 catches for 447 yards and 3 TDs in 2019, chemistry doesn't seem particularly strong with Rodgers and athletically there has been a clear decline, he is an offseason cut candidate) 

Need Level: Moderate

Need to Address:

  • If the Packers release Graham they will need to bring-in starting competition for Sternberger and increase depth. 

Updates:

  • Released Jimmy Graham 
  • Resigned Marcedes Lewis 
  • Resigned Robert Tonyan 
  • Drafted in 3rd Round: Josiah Deguara (excellent run-blocker, advanced route runner with good hands, production at Cincy was good but not exceptional, not a special athlete by NFL standards, fits more into the H-back than TE mold) 

Need #8: Quarterback

Notable Free Agents:

  • None 

Notable Players Under Contract:

  • Aaron Rodgers (A-Rod still has the goods - 62% comp, 4,002 yards, and 26 TDs to only 4 INTs in 2019 - which is all the more impressive when you consider the lousy WR and TE depth in GB, Rodgers is still capable of winning another Super Bowl - the front office just needs to provide him with the weapons to get there) 
  • Tim Boyle (2018 UDFA, served as Rodger's backup in 2019 - threw 4 passes for 15 yards on the season, only threw 602 passes over 4-year college career - with a scary 12:26 td:int, needless to say, he is one of the most unproven backups in football)  

Need Level: Moderate

Need to Address:

  • Aaron Rodgers has indicated his desire to play for a while longer and he's shown very few signs of a decline - so the acquisition of his eventual replacement does not need to be a 2020 priority. In fact, upgrading the backup spot is of more relevant importance. 

Updates:

  • Drafted in 1st Round: Jordan Love (checks boxes in terms of size, mobility, and arm talent, had an awesome 2018 season - threw for 3,5617 yards and 32 tds to only 6 ints, but underwent a serious regression in 2019 - 3,402 yards for 20 tds and 17 ints, needs to refine his accuracy and pocket presence, the transition from Mountain West competition to the pros will be harsh, ultimately he is a boom-bust prospect that will almost certainly take some time to develop into a functional - let alone - Pro Bowl-caliber QB, but the upside is clearly there, conceptually it makes some sense - but if the Packer's think they can beat a team like the Chiefs with their current WR/TE depth chart - they are gravely mistaken) 

Need #9: Special Teams

Notable Free Agents:

  • Mason Crosby (91.7% FG accuracy in 2019 - up from a disappointing  81.1% in 2018 and an even worse 78.9% in 2017, was good from 54 last season - so the leg strength does not seem to be declining with age, also made 40 of 41 XPs, in a league short on reliable kickers a return would make sense for GB)

Notable Players Under Contract:

  • J.K Scott (2018 5th rounder, punt productivity has been below-average, though he clearly has the talent to emerge as a more consistent force moving forward) 

Need Level: High

Need to Address:

  • The Packers need to esign or replace Mason Crosby at kicker. 

Updates:

  • Resigned Mason Crosby 

Need #10: Running Back

Notable Free Agents:

  • Tyler Ervin (returner and reserve RB) 

Notable Players Under Contract:

  • Aaron Jones (broke out in 2019 with 236 carries for 1084 yards a 4.6 ypc and 16 TDs as a runner and 49 catches for 474 yards and 3 TDs as a receiver, for first time in career played in and started all 16 games - though he did not operate as a 3-down workhorse, there is no question his production played a key role in the 13-3 record, his contract is up after the 2020 season)  
  • Jamaal Williams (solid complement to Jones - 460 rushing yards, 4.3 ypc, 39 catches, 253 receiving yards, and 6 total tds, like Jones - he will be free agent following the 2020 season)
  • Dexter Williams (2019 6th rounder, had a somewhat productive preseason but barely played thereafter, could be a long-term replacement for J. Williams) 

Need Level: Mild

Need to Address:

  • The Packers are set for 2020 with the Aaron Jones/Jamaal Williams duo - but both of them are on expiring contracts. Long-term replacements should be considered. 

Updates:

  • Resigned Tyler Ervin
  • Drafted in 2nd Round: A.J. Dillon (definition of an ultra-productive workhorse RB - 318 carries for 1,685 yards, and 14 tds in 2019, had 227 carries in 2018, and 300 in 2017, extra-large for RB at 6-0'/247, runs with strong vision and great physicality/power - but lacks big-play explosion and sideline to sideline agility, at his best as one a one-cut downhill runner, not very productive as a pass-catcher, may not be able to bowl over pro defenders the way he was able to in the ACC - though he is larger than the modern-day NFL LB, Brandon Jacobs/Andre Williams/Demarco Murray are all fair comparisons/projections, why not take a WR here instead?)

Need #11: Edge

Notable Free Agents:

  • Kyler Fackrell (10.5 sacks in 2018, but only 1 in 2019 - largely due to a significant decrease in snaps, does not drop into coverage often - but fares well when he does)

Notable Players Under Contract:

  • Za'Darius Smith (excellent 2019 FA singing - elite production with 13.5 sacks and 17 TFLs) 
  • Preston Smith (also proved to be an excellent 2019 FA signing - 12 sacks and 11 TFLs) 
  • Rashan Gary (2019 1st rounder, was a peculiar pick at the time and remains a peculiar pick a year later... they selected him after signing the 'Smith Brothers' and he predictably did not see much action as the #3 OLB, the talent remains very intriguing but his path to playing time is unclear - a move to the d-line would seem to make the most sense, imagine if the Packers used this pick on Marquise Brown) 
  • Tim Williams (3rd round pick of the Ravens in 2017, never materialized in BAL and was claimed off waivers by GB in Oct - but only appeared one game, he was once considered one of college football's best pass rushers - so there is still some upside) 

Need Level: Low

Need to Address:

  • The Packers have two Pro Bowler caliber edge rushers and a 2019 1st rounder behind them - the need at this position is minimal. 

Updates: 

  • Drafted in 7th Round: Jonathan Garvin (prototypical size/length for a pass rusher, solid/unspectacular production at Miami - though there were flashes of greatness, was more consistent in 2018, has starting upside and the ability to become a special player, major steal potential) 

Need #12: Safety

Notable Free Agents:

  • Ibraheim Campbell (did not stand out across 3 starts in 2019, offers special teams value) 
  • Will Redmond (struggled across 4 2019 starts, but is one of the team's top special teamers) 

Notable Players Under Contract:

  • Darnell Savage Jr. (2019 1st rounder, had a great rookie year - started 14 games and excelled in coverage, his tackling performance was mixed - there were some big-time hits and two forced fumbles but also too many missed tackles, he is a definite Pro Bowl candidate in 2020) 
  • Adrian Amos (very solid and reliable player - started all 16 games and played almost every defensive snap, he's a sure-tackler and holds up well in coverage) 
  • Raven Greene (2018 UDFA, was expected to play a key LB/S role in 2019 - but got injured in Week 2 and missed the remainder of the season, his return in 2020 could boost the Packers run defense) 

Need Level: Low

Need to Address:

  • The Packers have two high-level starters and a promising hybrid player in Greene. There is not much need here. 

Updates:

  • Resigned Will Redmond
  • Drafted in 7th Round: Vernon Scott (prototypical size and speed, production at TCU was only subpar, lacks refinement on tape, but he is a solid late-round developmental pick who at the very least projects as a nice special teams player)