2018 NFL Draft Trade Rumors: Packers Looking to Move Up for 'Top-Tier Talent'

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistApril 25, 2018

General view of a Green Bay Packers helmet on the bench during an NFL football game between the Cleveland Browns and the Green Bay Packers, Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017, in Cleveland. The Packers won 27-21 in overtime. (AP Photo/David Richard)
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One day before the 2018 NFL draft begins at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, the Green Bay Packers could be looking to make a move up in the first round. 

On Wednesday, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported the Packers are "plotting" a possible trade up from the No. 14 pick with the hope of landing a "top-tier talent."           

The Packers have traditionally been among the least-active teams in free agency and the draft. Rapoport noted their last deal to move up in the first round came in 2009, when they selected linebacker Clay Matthews with the 26th pick. 

New general manager Brian Gutekunst, who will be leading his first-ever draft, has already put his stamp on the Packers by signing tight end Jimmy Graham as a free agent and releasing wide receiver Jordy Nelson

Green Bay remembered how difficult life can be without Aaron Rodgers in 2017, when the quarterback missed nine games with a collarbone injury. The Packers went 4-2 in games in which he played all four quarters but went 3-7 when Brett Hundley was their primary quarterback. 

With Green Bay in need of more impact talent on both sides of the ball, a move up would make sense if they can find a trade partner. 

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