Edge rusher early in 2022?

Welcome one and all to the first Packers, Prospects, and Pale Ales mailbag. In this mailbag, I’ll answer questions regarding the Green Bay Packers, the NFL Draft, and craft beer. Let’s get to those questions.

The Green Bay Packers roster could be in store for a major overhaul this offseason. With so many changes it’s hard to project which position Brian Gutekunst will target in the first round.

As it stands right now, I expect the Packers’ first-round pick to be an edge rusher.

With Za’Darius Smith (sorry Maggie) and Preston Smith both likely being cap casualties, it’s a safe bet that the Packers will look to find Rashan Gary a new running mate early.

Another position group that is probably going to look a lot different next season is wide receiver. Currently, only Amari Rodgers and Randall Cobb are under contract past this season.

Cobb is likely going to get the boot. Will they make Davante Adams the highest-paid wide receiver in the NFL? Has Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Allen Lazard done enough to warrant another contract?

My guess is the Packers won’t meet the salary demands of Adams and they will re-sign Lazard while letting Valdes-Scantling walk.

The last time the Packers selected a wide receiver in the first round was in 2002 when they drafted Javon Walker. If the Packers had selected a wide receiver in recent years it would have been a luxury pick. When the 2022 NFL Draft rolls around it could be a position of need.

The Packers need to get Kenny Clark help up front, but I don’t think there are going to be any interior defensive lineman on the board worth taking when the Packers are on the clock in the first round.

Therefore, the third position I could see the Packers targeting in the first round is linebacker. Gutekunst is seeing firsthand what an impact linebacker can do for a defense with the way Devondre Campbell is playing.

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