Green Bay Packers: 3 Ways free agency affects 2019 NFL Draft strategy

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The Green Bay Packers made some big moves in free agency, and those will have some major effects on the way they approach the draft next month.

The Green Bay Packers were aggressive in free agency to address their needs, and they are now likely prepping for the 2019 NFL Draft, which will be here in less than a month. General manager Brian Gutekunst went to work to target positions of need, and it opens up their draft board a ton.

It alters their biggest needs, and it changes the way they’ll be looking at this season and the foreseeable future with Aaron Rodgers under center.

Gutekunst, new head coach Matt LaFleur and the rest of their staff will be burning through tape, interviews and workouts over the next month to figure out who they should select with their 10 total picks in the 2019 NFL Draft — or who they should look to trade up for if they see someone falling.

The Packers will be doing their due diligence, and their aggressiveness in free agency changes things from how everyone in the draft community views them heading into the draft.

Early in the process, Green Bay appeared locked into drafting the top edge rusher on the board no matter who was on the board. That’s not a lock anymore after they signed two of the top edge defenders on the free agent market. It also seemed like they’d have to take a top safety in the first round, but they don’t have to do that after grabbing one of the best in the NFL at that spot.

What are they going to be doing when the draft rolls around after their free agency moves? That’s what we’re looking at now.