The Packers are unable to devote their full attention to defense in the upcoming 2024 draft.

Jeff Hafley, the newly appointed defensive coordinator for the Green Bay Packers, will implement a different defensive strategy compared to the previous regime. Despite identified weaknesses in the secondary, the Packers have acquired additional draft picks in the first four rounds, indicating a potential focus on defense in the 2024 NFL Draft.

However, before assuming a singular focus on defense, it’s important to consider the counterargument. Despite finishing the season strongly on offense, the Packers still have areas that could be improved. Even with recent acquisitions of receiving talents in previous drafts, there’s room for enhancement in the offensive unit. The Packers can simultaneously bolster Hafley’s new defense while adopting a best-player-available approach and continually strengthening their offense.

Brian Gutekunst, the Packers’ general manager, has a track record of striking a balance between selecting the top available player and addressing team needs. He’s shown a willingness to defy expectations, notably demonstrated by drafting quarterback Jordan Love over a receiver or linebacker in 2020.

Looking back at the 2023 draft, Green Bay’s key needs were at safety, tight end, and wide receiver. Gutekunst addressed tight end and receiver positions without reaching unnecessarily. Instead of selecting Jaxon Smith-Njigba, widely regarded as the top receiver in the draft, he opted for edge rusher Lukas Van Ness and focused on adding receiving threats in later rounds. Despite safety being a priority, Gutekunst only invested in the position in the seventh round, refusing to reach for need in a perceived weak safety class.

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