Green Bay Packers
I was not a fan of what the Green Bay Packers did with either of their two first-round picks. Needing an off-ball linebacker, the Packers reached for Quay Walker — a player who wasn’t even the best linebacker on his own team at Georgia.
In the two rounds of the 2022 NFL Draft that followed, there were a handful of linebackers I liked better than Walker who could have been obtained for far less draft capital. Walker could be solid, but this was really rich for my taste.
With the second of their first-round picks, Green Bay surprisingly went with a troubled defensive tackle in Devonte Wyatt. Though Wyatt has quality film, the 24-year-old rookie was arrested in 2020 on three misdemeanor charges.
Just weeks before the draft, Wyatt’s domestic violence charges resurfaced, and some teams reportedly dropped him off their draft board completely. Somehow his age, part-time usage, and past questionable history weren’t enough red flags for the Packers to ignore him early. Wyatt could be a good player, but he certainly didn’t clear the benchmarks set by other teams.
It’s possible that these teams prove everyone wrong and that their players are some of the better picks in this draft class. However, I wouldn’t bet on it. It’s much more likely the ownership of the Jaguars, Patriots, and Packers will have buyer’s remorse soon enough.