Later this week, the Green Bay Packers will welcome another rookie class to their roster through the NFL Draft, held April 25-27 in Nashville, Tenn.
- Armed with 10 selections, the Packers will have plenty of opportunities to add more talent and depth to their roster. All picks are eligible to be traded.
- Green Bay enters the draft with a pick in every round, including two selections in the first, fourth and sixth rounds.
- The Packers have six picks in the first four rounds of the draft. If Green Bay makes selections at all six spots, it will be the 13th time the Packers have selected six or more players in the first four rounds of a single draft and the most since 2008, when Green Bay made six selections.
- The event will begin in prime time on Thursday night, with Round 1 on April 25 beginning at 7 p.m. CT.
- Rounds 2-3 also will be held in prime time, beginning on Friday, April 26, at 6 p.m. CT. Rounds 4-7 will complete the draft on Saturday, April 27, starting at 11 a.m. CT.
- Teams will have 10 minutes in between selections in the first round and seven minutes between each choice for Round 2. Rounds 3-6, including compensatory picks, will allow up to five minutes in between picks and Round 7, including compensatory picks, will allow four minutes. A look at where Green Bay currently stands in the draft order:
GUTEKUNST LEADS PACKERS IN SECOND DRAFT AS GM
GM Brian Gutekunst enters his 21st draft with the Packers and his second as the general manager.
- In his first draft as general manager, Gutekunst made a couple of trades involving first-round picks that resulted in the Packers selecting CB Jaire Alexander at No. 18 and gaining Green Bay the No. 30 pick in the 2019 draft. Alexander led the team with 15 passes defensed and was named to the 2018 NFL All-Rookie team by the PFWA.
- Overall, Green Bay selected 11 players last year. For the first time since 2006 (five), the Packers had four or more rookies start six-plus games in 2018 (Alexander, 11; fifth-round selection WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling, 10; second-round pick CB Josh Jackson, 10 and sixth round selection WR Equanimeous St. Brown, seven). The Packers had rookies play in a league-high 171 games in 2018.
- Gutekunst spent his first 13 seasons with Green Bay as a college scout, serving as an East Coast regional scout for two years (1999-2000) before switching to the Southeast region (2001-11).
- During his first 13 drafts with the Packers, Gutekunst was part of a personnel department that drafted several Pro Bowlers, including WR Donald Driver (seventh round, 1999), who is the team’s all-time leading receiver, T Chad Clifton (second round, 2000), DE Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila (fifth round, 2000), who is second in franchise history (since 1982) in sacks, WR Javon Walker (first round, 2002), DE Aaron Kampman (fifth round, 2002), C Scott Wells (seventh round, 2004), QB Aaron Rodgers (first round, 2005), S Nick Collins (second round, 2005), LB A.J. Hawk (first round, 2006), who is the leading tackler in franchise history, WR Greg Jennings (second round, 2006), WR Jordy Nelson (second round, 2008), G Josh Sitton (fourth round, 2008), DT B.J. Raji (first round, 2009), LB Clay Matthews (first round, 2009), who is the franchise leader in sacks, and WR Randall Cobb (second round, 2011), who was also selected to the All-Rookie Team by Pro Football Weekly/PFWA.
- Gutekunst was promoted to director of college scouting in 2012, a position he served in through 2015. Over that time period, Green Bay selected Pro Bowlers DT Mike Daniels (fourth round, 2012) who ranks No. 2 among Packers defensive tackles in sacks (since 1982), T David Bakhtiari (fourth round, 2013), who became the first Green Bay rookie to start every game at LT since the league went to a 16-game slate in 1978 and was selected All-Pro second-team by The Associated Press in 2016 and 2017 and first-team in 2018, RB Eddie Lacy (second round, 2012), who was named the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year by AP, S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (first round, 2014), who was named to PFWA’s All-Rookie team and a Pro Bowl (2016), and WR Davante Adams (second round, 2014), who has been selected to two Pro Bowls (2017-18). During that time, the Packers also drafted CB Casey Hayward (second round, 2012), who led all NFL rookies with six INTs in 2012 and became the first Packers CB to be named to the All-Rookie Team by Pro Football Weekly/PFWA since the team was first selected in 1974.
- In 2016-17, Gutekunst served as director of player personnel and those two drafts were highlighted by the addition of DT Kenny Clark (first round, 2016), who despite missing three games due to injury was No. 2 on the team with a career best six sacks and No. 3 with 73 tackles (46 solo) in 2018 while being named a Pro Bowl alternate, LB Kyler Fackrell (third round, 2016), who led the team with a career-best 10.5 sacks last season, LB Blake Martinez (fourth round, 2016), who has led the team in tackles each of the past two seasons, and RBs Jamaal Williams (fourth round, 2017) and Aaron Jones (fifth round, 2017), who became the first Packers rookie duo to both register 400-plus rushing yards in a season (2017). In 2018, Jones became the first Packer to lead the NFL in average yards per carry (5.47), min. 100 rush attempts.
A LOOK INTO THE DRAFT ROOM
General Manager Brian Gutekunst heads up a talented and experienced player personnel staff.
- Members of the personnel staff have spent months, if not years with some prospects, studying for the 2019 NFL Draft. They visit schools throughout the season, attending practices, dozens of games and pro days in the spring. In each area, they have formed relationships with high school and college coaches, trying to get a better idea of who the person is, not just the football prospect.
- Working closely with Gutekunst year-round is Director - Football Operations Milt Hendrikson (15th NFL season), Co-Director of Player Personnel Jon-Eric Sullivan (16th NFL season), Co-Director of Player Personnel John Wojciechowski (24th NFL season), Director of College Scouting Matt Malaspina (22nd NFL season), National Scout Sam Seale (24th NFL season), Assistant Director of Pro Scouting/Salary Camp Analyst Chad Brinker (10th NFL season), Personnel Executive Lee Gissendaner (19th NFL season) and Senior Advisor to Football Operations Ted Thompson (28th NFL season).
- Members of the scouting department include college scouts Luke Benuska (fourth NFL season), Joe Hueber (fifth NFL season), Patrick Moore (seventh NFL season), Mike Owen (eighth NFL season), Charlie Peprah (fourth NFL season), Charles Walls (seventh NFL season), Brandian Ross (third NFL season), pro scout Richmond Williams (12th NFL season) and college scouting coordinator Danny Mock (32nd NFL season).
ANALYZING THE PICKS SINCE 2005
- Total Picks: 132
- Offense: 68
- Defense: 61
- Specialists: 3
- Quarterback (6): Aaron Rodgers (2005-1), Ingle Martin (2006-5a), Brian Brohm (2008-2b), Matt Flynn (2008-7a), B.J. Coleman (2012-7b), Brett Hundley (2015-5a)
- Running Back (9): Brandon Jackson (2007-2), DeShawn Wynn (2007-7a), James Starks (2010-6), Alex Green (2011-3), Eddie Lacy (2013-2), Johnathan Franklin (2013-4c), Jamaal Williams (2017-4b), Aaron Jones (2017-5b), Devante Mays (2017-7a)
- Fullback (3): Korey Hall (2007-6a), Quinn Johnson (2009-5a), Aaron Ripkowski (2015-6a)
- Tight End (7): Clark Harris (2007-7), Jermichael Finley (2008-3), Andrew Quarless (2010-5a), D.J. Williams (2011-5), Ryan Taylor (2011-7a), Richard Rodgers (2014-3b), Kennard Backman (2015-6c)
- Wide Receiver (21): Terrence Murphy (2005-2b), Craig Bragg (2005-6b), Greg Jennings (2006-2b), Cory Rodgers (2006-4a), James Jones (2007-3a), David Clowney (2007-5), Jordy Nelson (2008-2a), Brett Swain (2008-7b), Randall Cobb (2011-2), Charles Johnson (2013-7a), Kevin Dorsey (2013-7b), Davante Adams (2014-2), Jared Abbrederis (2014-5b), Jeff Janis (2014-7), Ty Montgomery (2015-3), Trevor Davis (2016, 5), DeAngelo Yancey (2017-5a), Malachi Dupre (2017-7b), J’Mon Moore (2018-4), Marquez Valdes-Scantling (2018-5c), Equanimeous St. Brown (2018-6)
- Tackle (12): Tony Moll (2006-5b), Breno Giacomini (2008-5), T.J. Lang (2009-4), Jamon Meredith (2009-5b), Bryan Bulaga (2010-1), Marshall Newhouse (2010-5b), Derek Sherrod (2011-1), Andrew Datko (2012-7a), David Bakhtiari (2013-4a), JC Tretter (2013-4b), Jason Spriggs (2016-2), Kyle Murphy (2016-6)
- Guard (8): William Whitticker (2005-7b), Daryn Colledge (2006-2a), Jason Spitz (2006-3b), Allen Barbre (2007-4), Josh Sitton (2008-4b), Caleb Schlauderaff (2011-6a), Kofi Amichia (2017-6), Cole Madison (2018-5a)
- Center (2): Junius Coston (2005-5a), Corey Linsley (2014-5a) Defensive End (12): Michael Montgomery (2005-6a), Dave Tollefson (2006-7), Jeremy Thompson (2008-4a), Jarius Wynn (2009-6a), Mike Neal (2010-2), C.J. Wilson (2010-7), Lawrence Guy (2011-7b), Jerel Worthy (2012-2a), Datone Jones (2013-1), Josh Boyd (2013-5b), Khyri Thornton (2014-3a), Dean Lowry (2016-4b)
- Defensive Tackle (8): Johnny Jolly (2006-6a), Justin Harrell (2007-1), B.J. Raji (2009-1a), Mike Daniels (2012-4a), Christian Ringo (2015-6b), Kenny Clark (2016-1), Montravius Adams (2017-3), James Looney (2018-7a)
- Linebacker (20): Brady Poppinga (2005-4b), Kurt Campbell (2005-7a), A.J. Hawk (2006-1), Abdul Hodge (2006-3a), Desmond Bishop (2007-6b), Clay Matthews (2009-1b), Brad Jones (2009-7), D.J. Smith (2011-6b), Ricky Elmore (2011-6c), Nick Perry (2012-1), Terrell Manning (2012-5), Nate Palmer (2013-6), Sam Barrington (2013-7c), Carl Bradford (2014-4), Jake Ryan (2015-4), Kyler Fackrell (2016-3), Blake Martinez (2016-4a), Vince Biegel (2017-4a), Oren Burks (2018-3), Kendall Donnerson (2018-7c)
- Cornerback (13): Mike Hawkins (2005-5b), Will Blackmon (2006-4b), Pat Lee (2008-2c), Brandon Underwood (2009-6b), Davon House (2011- 4), Casey Hayward (2012-2b), Micah Hyde (2013-5a), Demetri Goodson (2014-6), Damarious Randall (2015-1), Quinten Rollins (2015-2), Kevin King (2017-2a), Jaire Alexander (2018-1), Josh Jackson (2018-2)
- Safety (8): Nick Collins (2005-2a), Marviel Underwood (2005-4a), Tyrone Culver (2006-6b), Aaron Rouse (2007-3b), Morgan Burnett (2010-3), Jerron McMillian (2012-4b), Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (2014-1), Josh Jones (2017-2b)
- Kicker (1): Mason Crosby (2007-6c)
- Punter (1): JK Scott (2018-5b)
- Long Snapper (1): Hunter Bradley (2018-7b)
DRAFT PICKS BY SCHOOL
Where have the 132 Packers draft picks gone to school? Note: Power 5 schools are those in the ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC.
Power 5: 90
California 5, Iowa 5, UCLA 5, Louisville 4, Alabama 3, Arizona State 3, Colorado 3, LSU 3, Mississippi State 3, Stanford 3, Texas A&M 3, Auburn 2, Boston College 2, Michigan State 2, North Carolina State 2, Ohio State 2, Oklahoma 2, Purdue 2, Southern California 2, Texas Christian 2, Vanderbilt 2, Virginia Tech 2, Wisconsin 2, Arizona, Arkansas, Baylor, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Kansas State, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Penn State, Rutgers, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wake Forest, Washington State
Non-Power 5: 42
South Florida 3, Brigham Young 2, Boise State 2, Fresno State 2, San Diego State 2, Utah State 2, Alabama-Birmingham, Albany, Appalachian State, Bethune-Cookman, Buffalo, Central Florida, Cincinnati, Cornell, East Carolina, Eastern Michigan, Furman, Grand Valley State, Hawaii, Illinois State, Louisiana-Lafayette, Maine, Miami (Ohio), Missouri Southern State, Nevada, New Mexico State, North Carolina A&T, Northwest Missouri State, Saginaw Valley State, San Jose State, Southeast Missouri, Southern Mississippi, Tennessee-Chattanooga, Texas-El Paso, Western Michigan
- First Round (13): Defensive tackle (3), linebacker (3), cornerback (2), tackle (2), defensive end, quarterback, safety
- Second Round (19): Cornerback (5), wide receiver (5), defensive end (2), running back (2), safety (2), guard, quarterback, tackle
- Third Round (13): Linebacker (3), safety (2), tight end (2), wide receiver (2), defensive end, defensive tackle, guard, running back
- Fourth Round (21): Linebacker (5), tackle (3), cornerback (2), defensive end (2), guard (2), running back (2), safety (2), wide receiver (2), defensive tackle
- Fifth Round (23): Wide receiver (5), tackle (4), cornerback (2), guard (2), quarterback (2), tight end (2), center, defensive end, fullback, linebacker,
- punter, running back
- Sixth Round (21): Linebacker (4), cornerback (2), defensive end (2), defensive tackle (2), fullback (2), guard (2), wide receiver (2), kicker, running back, safety, tackle, tight end
- Seventh Round (22): Wide receiver (5), linebacker (4), defensive end (3), quarterback (2), running back (2), tight end (2), defensive tackle, guard, long snapper, tackle