Saturday, May 18, 2024

Green Bay Packers 2024 NFL power rankings post-draft roundup

Throughout the 2024 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Below you will find a post-NFL draft roundup for the Green Bay Packers in our consensus 2024 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 10

Most improved: Safety

The Packers essentially started over here by making a huge free agent splash with Xavier McKinney (four-year, $68 million contract) and then drafting three safeties: Javon Bullard (second round), Evan Williams (fourth) and Kitan Oladapo (fifth) after they moved on from Darnell Savage, Jonathan Owens and Rudy Ford -- a trio that combined to play nearly 2,000 snaps last season. -- Rob Demovsky -- Rank: 8

The biggest question coming out of the draft might be where first-rounder Jordan Morgan ends up playing next season. Does he compete for the starting left tackle job? Or is a move inside a better fit for his skill set? I'm in the "try him at tackle" camp, having watched Morgan enough to believe his lack of prototypical length shouldn't be an issue, and I am not sure he's ideal at guard, where his lack of elite power might actually hinder his growth. This might be heresy, but I referred to Morgan as a poor man's David Bakhtiari at one point. We'll see. Protecting Jordan Love is, of course, the highest priority now. Green Bay watched the quarterback blossom into near stardom down the stretch of last season, completely flipping the midseason script after some early struggles. This is a team that reasonably can go a long way, but that left tackle spot is worth monitoring.

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CBS Sports -- Rank: 6

With Jordan Love showing he can be their guy for the long run last season and a lot of talented receivers, they will score. The defense will have a new look -- and it will be better.

USA Today -- Rank: 5

After taking an unexpected quantum leap in 2023, they added first-round LT Jordan Morgan, second-round ILB Edgerrin Cooper and second-round S Javon Bullard — and all should be upgrades at their respective positions. The apparent absence of an elite offensive weapon — and new RB Josh Jacobs isn't quite that — might be the only thing holding this ascendant Pack back.

The Athletic -- Rank: 6

While everyone's draft focus was on the Falcons saying they were trying to turbocharge the Packers' quarterback succession model, Green Bay might have quietly done it again. The Packers picked Tulane quarterback Michael Pratt in the seventh round. The 6-foot-3, 217-pound Pratt might have to wait a long time if he's going to succeed Jordan Love, but he's more than worth the gamble at pick No. 245 after starting 44 college games and throwing 90 career touchdowns.

Fox Sports -- Rank: 6

So much of the Packers' success will hinge on Jordan Love and all of his young pass-catchers continuing to ascend. But adding Josh Jacobs and Xavier McKinney to a team that finished 2023 on a red-hot run looks awfully appealing. It would also be great if new defensive coordinator Jeff Hafley can coax more production out of that defense.

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