3 teams preparing to leapfrog Rams to steal Day 1 targets in 2024 NFL Draft

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II: Green Bay Packers

The Green Bay Packers currently sit at the 25th overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft. To move up to 16, they would likly have to package their pick in Round 1 with their second pick in Round 2 at 58 overall. That would be enough to get them to 16, if the Seattle Seahawks agree.

The Packers draft needs are very similar to those of the LA Rams: S, OT, CB, IOL, Edge. As such, they will certainly want to jump over the Rams if they feel that their Day 1 target might be claimed before they step up to the podium. Of course, they differ a bit too, so some of their targeted players may not be targeted by the Rams. Let's see who the Packers might trade up for:

Edge Chop Robinson out of Penn State is certainly an athletic pass rusher whose stock has been rising rapidly. Some view him as an ideal fit for the defense, as he is a chaotic calamity for opposing offensive linemen and quarterbacks. Standing 6-foot-3 and weighing 254 pounds, he is an ideal size to crash in from the edge to turn plays inwards or to bring down the quarterback as he prepares to make his progression reads. Robinson has been linked to the Detroit Lions in some drafts, so selecting him not only helps their roster but also dampens the opportunity to improve the rosters of competing teams.

Defensive back Cooper Dejean out of Iowa has gotten the best coverage skills among all cornerbacks in the 2024 NFL Draft rookie class. With the Packers facing an upgraded set of rivals in the NFC North with the likes of the Detroit Lions, the Chicago Bears, and even the Minnesota Vikings eyeing improving their passing attack, they would be wise to counterpunch by getting stronger in their secondary.

Offensive tackle Troy Fautanu out of Washington has the versatility and prowess to become an immediate starter on the Green Bay Packers offensive line. The most valuable attribute is the fact that he can plug and play at four of the five offensive line positions. It's that amazing versatility that would prompt any team seeking to add him to their roster to trade up to ensure that they get him. Standing 6-foot-4 and weighing 317 pounds, Fautanu has been one of the more impressive offensive linemen through the 2024 NFL Scouting Combine and his Pro Day. The Packers were in attendance at his pro day, and they certainly need offensive line help.