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 - Thumbnail Image

NFL Draft: Packers select Michigan edge rusher Rashan Gary

Reaction: Packers select Rashan Gary at #12 - Thumbnail Image

Reaction: Packers select Rashan Gary at #12

Highlights: Rashan Gary was Class of 2016's top recruit - Thumbnail Image

Highlights: Rashan Gary was Class of 2016's top recruit

NFL Draft: Packers have no concern with Rashan Gary's shoulder - Thumbnail Image

NFL Draft: Packers have no concern with Rashan Gary's shoulder

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 - Thumbnail Image

Packers trade up to #21, select Maryland safety Darnell Savage

Highlights: Packers first-round safety Darnell Savage is quick - Thumbnail Image

Highlights: Packers first-round safety Darnell Savage is quick

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