The Brian Gutekinst era is officially underway in Green Bay, and it has been busy thus far–not since they took B.J. Raji in the 2009 draft at 9th overall have the Packers drafted in the top 15—it appears that the streak will continue. The Packers have now made two trades in the first round of the 2018 NFL draft–they traded back with the New Orleans Saints, only to trade back up with the Seattle Seahawks moments later. Below are the terms of the two trades:

Saints receive:

  • 14th overall pick

Packers receive:

  • 27th overall pick
  • 147th overall pick
  • Saints 2019 first-round pick

Moments later…

Seahawks receive:

  • 27th overall pick
  • 76th overall pick
  • 186th overall pick

Packers receive:

  • 18th overall pick
  • 248th overall pick

It’s interesting that the Packers would trade back with Derwin James still on the board, but they received a good load from New Orleans—the Saints selected DE Marcus Davenport out of UTSA with the 14th pick.

The Packers then pulled the trigger with the Seahawks to move back up to 18 and select Jaire Alexander, cornerback out of Louisville. It looks like this was the player that the Packers wanted all along, and they came out of it with a first-round pick in next year’s draft as well.

Alexander should be ready to contribute immediately to a defensive unit desperate for an elite talent–he has the athletic ability to be used in various packages (he ran a 4.38 40 at the combine) and has great football instincts. He does have an injury history after suffering a sprained knee and broken hand last season, but it’s important to note that he returned for the last three games of the season after suffering those injuries–that shows me as a fan that he always wants to be on the field playing for his teammates.

There’s a lot to look forward to–Welcome to the Packers, Jaire!