NFL Draft 1st Round Recap: Packers go defense with top two picks

With their first two picks in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Green Bay Packers addressed their defense, selecting edge rusher Rashan Gary and safety Darnell Savage at #12 and #21, respectively. The Packers traded up to get Savage, giving up two fourth-round picks to move up from #30.

Gary, who will play linebacker, edge rusher, and defensive line for the Packers, was picked at #12. He's regarded as a versatile player who was also the top-rated high school player in the Class of 2016.

Savage, who told reporters he could line up anywhere in the secondary or at linebacker, was selected at #21. He's another versatile player who had a productive four-year career at Maryland.

 

Fans weren't particularly thrilled with the Packers' pick of Rashan Gary, but Gary and Packers GM Brian Gutekunst did not seemed concerned with a shoulder injury Gary suffered while at Michigan.

NFL Draft: Packers select Michigan edge rusher Rashan Gary
NFL Draft: Packers select Michigan edge rusher Rashan Gary
With the 12th pick in the first round (12th overall) in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Green Bay Packers selected Michigan edge rusher Rashan Gary.
Reaction: Packers select Rashan Gary at #12
Reaction: Packers select Rashan Gary at #12
Whether it's because of the Packers' investment financially in edge rushers this offseason, or because Rashan Gary is rumored to have a shoulder injury, some fans did...
Highlights: Rashan Gary was Class of 2016's top recruit
Highlights: Rashan Gary was Class of 2016's top recruit
With offers from virtually every major college football program coming out of high school, it's easy to see why Green Bay Packers first-round pick Rashan Gary was the...
NFL Draft: Packers have no concern with Rashan Gary's shoulder
NFL Draft: Packers have no concern with Rashan Gary's shoulder
Rashan Gary, the first of the Green Bay Packers' two first-round NFL Draft picks in 2019, told reporters Thursday night that his shoulder is "110%" and that he...
 

The first defensive back to get drafted in 2019 was Maryland safety Darnell Savage. The Packers gave up both of their fourth-round picks to move up from #30 to #21.

Packers trade up to #21, select Maryland safety Darnell Savage
Packers trade up to #21, select Maryland safety Darnell Savage
With the 21st pick in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, the Green Bay Packers traded up from #30 to select Maryland safety Darnell Savage.
Highlights: Packers first-round safety Darnell Savage is quick
Highlights: Packers first-round safety Darnell Savage is quick
Boasting 4.36 speed in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine, new Packers safety Darnell Savage is fast, plays well in coverage, and has a nose for the ball.

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