The Green Bay Packers may be in a good position to negotiate in the first round of the NFL Draft in 2019, but General Manager Brian Gutekunst is not sure that the right scenario will materialize in a few months.
According to the team's official website, Gutekunst said that he would need a "significant" offer to return to 12th place. He does not foresee for the moment that several players are classified in the same way during his first participation in the stopwatch. end of April.
"If you ask me today, I do not think that will be how it will fall," said Gutekunst at the combine this week.
Last year, the Packers returned from No. 14 to No. 27, picking up a second-round pick in the 2019 draft. Adding another first-round pick could be the type of "significant" offer that Gutekunst needs to go down this year.
The Packers have three choices in the top 50 of this year's repechage. Gutekunst may not want to sacrifice the favorable positioning of the team from the start, especially if the selection committee suggests the possibility of hiring three players who make the difference in their current position.
Again, it is possible that a race to the quarters before the choice of Packers provide the opportunity to ride and take a player of the first order. It is also possible that a team that desperately needs a quarterback wants to skip teams like the Miami Dolphins (No. 13) and the Washington Redskins (No. 15) for the chance to take one of the passers-by.
Gutekunst said the Packers will be "ready to move one way or the other".
It is far too early in the process to make definitive statements. The Packers have not even finalized their draft table yet and Gutekunst has stressed the need to be "open-minded" when it comes to moving him, especially on the night of the repechage.
The Packers appear to be in a strong leverage situation at No. 12. Gutekunst will trust his advice and explore all options before making the decision to name a player or accept an exchange.