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Green Bay Packers 2020 NFL Draft Class Recap

  • The Draft Network
  • April 27, 2020
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Everything went wrong for the Packers during the NFC Championship Game. 

Green Bay lost in an embarrassing fashion to San Francisco, and it became clear the Packers needed to address certain holes during the offseason. They needed the most help at wide receiver and linebacker. 

In a historic class of pass-catchers, Green Bay didn’t surround quarterback Aaron Rodgers with a new weapon. Instead, the Packers made one of the more shocking selections of the 2020 NFL Draft and found an eventual heir apparent under center. 

Green Bay's 2020 draft picks:

Best Pick, Biggest Surprise: Jordan Love

This is a twofer.

The Packers traded up to secure their eventual successor to Rodgers. At first glance, it was a huge surprise, but this has been the team’s blueprint for sustained quarterback success since the transition from Brett Favre to Rodgers. The Packers’ aggressiveness in finding their next passer was a bit premature. Love will become an understudy to Rodgers for many years and learn his tendencies within this offense.

Day 3 Sleeper: Jonathan Garvin

The late-rounds are prime opportunities to select edge rushers who test well but may lack the production for multiple reasons. Garvin falls into that category. There aren’t concerns about whether or not he’ll be ready to play early on; Green Bay is loaded at edge rusher. Garvin has the frame and explosiveness to be a key depth piece down the road.

X-Factor: None

Love could have been a candidate here, but his clear path to playing time doesn't start until the 2022 season, at the earliest, barring injury. 

The Packers went off of the grid with most of their selections. Their lack of need for a key role right away doesn’t account for an X-factor, but Love could end up being the key.


Green Bay’s post-draft grades weren't kind. General manager Brian Gutekunst left many scratching their heads on what exactly his vision was for this class. 

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