Green Bay Packers fans are buzzing with optimism at the prospect of having Aaron Rodgers back healthy, a top-16 draft pick and a new GM that plans to be more aggressive in improving the roster. The Senior Bowl took place last week and there are several prospects the team needs to look at with both their first-round pick, as well as the remainder of their eight draft picks. Today, we’re going to look at three Senior Bowl prospects that the Packers need to look at and we could hear their names called for the Green and Gold come draft day.

UT-San Antonio Edge Defender Marcus Davenport

Davenport has already been mocked to the Packers by more than one draft expert and is a popular player for them to take in the first round. The team lacked the pass rush of the top teams in the league, as they ranked tied for 17th in sacks. Davenport lacks the prototypical size that you see out of most defensive ends but makes up for it with speed off the edge. After two rough days to start the week, Thursday appeared to be the turning point for Davenport, as he performed very well and justified that first round buzz he had been receiving. The Packers need playmakers on the defensive side of the ball and Davenport is just that. He has the tools to develop into a strong defensive player for years to come, so it will be interesting to see if the Packers pick him to supplement their pass rush for the future.

Georgia Guard Isaiah Wynn

Currently projected to go on day two of the draft, Wynn was a monster all week long. He consistently won against the best of the best and further boosted his stock. His most impressive plays came against Alabama defensive lineman Da’Shawn Hand who had a good week on his own unless he was matched up against Wynn. Jahri Evans had a strong season for the Packers, but he’s aging and the Packers need someone to fill his spot for the future. They’ve had a revolving door at guard, since they let Josh Sitton and T.J. Lang walk, and Wynn could fill that spot for a long time.

Jacksonville State Defensive Back Siran Neal

Neal is a 6’1” 206 former wide receiver turned defensive back. He’s currently projected to go on day three of the draft and would be a strong candidate to shine as a developmental candidate. He’s still rough around the edges and needs to work on his defensive back skills, but he had a strong week. Neal was a first-team FCS All-American, and he’s only going to get better with more practice. Defensive Coordinator Mike Pettine loves versatile players and Neal is just that.

The Packers need an influx of talent on the defensive side of the ball, but they also need to keep Rodgers upright. While late round picks don’t always make the roster, Neal would have a good chance as he’d be coming in at a position of weakness and he’d be a versatile player for Pettine to use. Davenport will take some time to develop and add on some size, but he has the skills to be successful. Wynn was strong in the SEC and all week at the Senior Bowl. He would slot in as a starter for years to come.

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