By JERRY TAPP
The National Football League is scheduled to hold its annual draft in late April… barring any delays due to the current health crisis.
Teams will be filling roster spots with young players. But on which side of the ball will teams focus… offense or defense?
The Green Bay Packers have definitely looked to defensive players when it comes to selections in the first round of previous drafts. In fact, of the last 20 NFL drafts, 2000-2019, did you know that the Packers selected 15 defensive players in the first round to only five offensive players?
Here’s a quick look at the number of first rounders the Pack has chosen at various offensive and defensive positions since 2000.
Running Backs: 0
Wide receivers: 1
Tight Ends: 1
Def. Tackles: 3
Def. Ends: 3
Corner Backs: 1
Defensive Backs (no designation of CB or Safety): 2
The last offensive player the Packers chose in the first round was in 2011 when they selected Mississippi State tackle Derek Sherrod. He played in 20 games for the Packers in his four-year NFL career, starting only one game for the team in his career.
Following is the last position player the Packers chose in the first round and the year they were drafted.
Quarterbacks: Aaron Rodgers, 2005
Running Backs: Darrell Thompson, 1990
Wide receivers: Javon Walker, 2002
Tight Ends: Bubba Franks, 2000
Tackles: Derek Sherrod, 2011
Guards: Aaron Taylor, 1994
Centers: Bob Hyland, 1967
Def. Tackles: Kenny Clark, 2016
Def. Ends: Datone Jones, 2013
Linebackers: Rashan Gary, 2019
Corner Backs: Jaire Alexander, 2018
Safeties: Darnell Savage, 2019
Defensive Backs (no designation of CB or Safety): Ha Ha Clinton Dix, 2014
So in which direction will the Packers go this season? \
If history is any indication, look for a player on the defensive side of the ball. But then again, they could tab an offensive player in the first round for the first time since 2011.
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