Statues of Curly Lambeau and Vince Lombardi outside of Lambeau Field, home of the Green Bay Packers. Dan Plutchak photo.
Statues of Curly Lambeau and Vince Lombardi outside of Lambeau Field, home of the Green Bay Packers. Dan Plutchak photo.

GREEN BAY — After coming tantilizingly close to competing for a Super Bowl championship in every season of Head Coach Matt LaFleur’s career with the Packers, Green Bay fans hope this draft will be the key to success.

Despite going NFC title game and out, NFC title game and out, first round playoff game and out in La Fleur’s first three seasons, there’s no reason to think a Super Bowl win is out of the realm of possibility now that current MVP Aaron Rodgers was re-signed to a higly lucrative contract.

Green Bay enters the draft with a pick in six of the seven rounds (no picks in the sixth), including two selections in Rounds 1-2 and 4 and three picks in Round 7. The Packers have four of the top-60 picks in the draft.

Green Bay has two picks in rounds one and two, and a total of selections, marking the fourth straight year the Packers enter the draft with 10-plus picks. Green Bay will have plenty of opportunities to add more talent and depth to their roster. All picks are eligible to be traded.

But GM Brian Gutekunst has not shied away from a trade if he thinks there’s value in the pick.

The 2022 NFL Draft will be televised locally on WBAY-TV beginning on Thursday night, with Round 1 on April 28 beginning at 7 p.m. CT. Rounds 2-3 also will be held in prime time, beginning on Friday, April 29, at 6 p.m. CT. Rounds 4-7 will complete the draft on Saturday, April 30, starting at 11 a.m. CT.

If the Packers draft 11 players, it will mark the third draft in the last six years that Green Bay selected 10-plus players (11 in 2018 and 10 in 2017). From 2000-21, the Packers selected 10-plus players in a single draft eight times (2013, 11; 2011, 10; 2007, 11; 2006, 12; 2005, 11; 2000, 13) according to pro-football-reference.com.

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By Dan Plutchak

Dan Plutchak, born and raised in Kaukauna, is cofounder of Kaukauna Community News.