Previewing Day 3 of the NFL draft for the Green Bay Packers

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Zach Kruse
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The Green Bay Packers made two picks on offense during Day 2 of the 2021 NFL draft, taking center Josh Myers in the second round and receiver Amari Rodgers in the third round.

General manager Brian Gutekunst used a fourth-round pick to move up and get Rodgers, but he still has six picks to work with on Day 3 of the draft.

Here’s a preview of Saturday’s action for the Packers:

Packers' Day 3 picks

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The Packers have six picks going into Saturday's action: – Fourth round, No. 142 overall – Fifth round, No. 173 overall – Fifth round, No. 178 overall – Sixth round, No. 214 overall – Sixth round, No. 220 overall – Seventh round, No. 256 overall

Top remaining needs

The Packers addressed needs at cornerback, interior offensive line and receiver during the first two days. Here are the remaining needs: Defensive line: The Packers are bringing back their top four at this position group from last year, but more talent and better depth are required here. A run-stuffer or interior disruptor could work. Offensive tackle: Picking Myers might allow Elgton Jenkins to play more on the edges, but the Packers could still use a developmental player behind David Bakhtiari and Billy Turner. Inside linebacker: A long-time need in Green Bay. Fifth-round pick Kamal Martin and undrafted free agent Krys Barnes are the expected starters entering 2021. Safety: The Packers have two established starters, but finding a third safety and hybrid linebacker could be a priority on Day 3.

Best players available to start Day 3

A quick list of best available players to start Round 4: LB Jabril Cox, LSU WR Tylan Wallace, Oklahoma State S Jamar Johnson, Indiana DL Jay Tufele, USC DL Daviyon Nixon, Iowa CB Tay Gowan, UCF RB Michael Carter, UNC S Ar'Darius Washington, TCU CB Thomas Graham, Oregon DL Bobby Brown, Texas A&M WR Cade Johnson, South Dakota State OT Stone Forsythe, Florida DL Tommy Togiai, Ohio State G Trey Smith, Tennessee OLB Cameron Sample, Tulane DL Marvin Wilson, Florida State DL Tyler Shelvin, LSU

Thoughts, predictions

A few thoughts and predictions: – Early on Day 3 could be the time to add help in the defensive front. The defensive line, inside linebacker and edge rusher could all be possibilities. There are several potential defensive line options available to start the fourth round. – Don't be surprised if the Packers dip back into the offensive line pool of prospects. This roster could still use competition at offensive tackle. Maybe Brenden Jaimes of Nebraska could provide it. – Expect the Packers to target top athletes late on Day 3. These are dart throws. Getting an elite athlete ups the possibility of landing a hit. – The 2022 depth at cornerback and receiver is still so limited, so the Packers could easily take another player at each position during Day 3. – Will the Packers take a quarterback late to lock in the No. 3? College free agency will be limited this year due to a smaller pool of players. Getting a quarterback in the draft might be the safer option.

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