Picking the Pack: Alabama S Brian Branch
GREEN BAY, Wis. (CBS 58) -- We are nearing the 2023 NFL Combine, and there are a few prospects to keep on your radar for the Packers.
The Packers currently hold the 15th overall pick in the draft this spring. The last time they had a pick in the top 15 was when they took Rashan Gary in the 2019 draft with the 12th overall pick.
The Packers will have some tough decisions to make in terms of key players like Gary, who are up for new contracts.
But for now, we turn our focus to the decision of Aaron Rodgers and the 2023 NFL Draft.
One prospect to keep your eye on for the Packers is safety Brian Branch.
In terms of tough decisions with Packers free agents, they will have two of their starting safeties set to become free agents this offseason.
Let's take a closer look at Branch and how he fits with the Packers.
Brian Branch -- S/Alabama
Weight: 193 pounds
Hometown: Fayetteville, GA
How he fits with the Packers
If there is one word to describe Brian Branch, it's his versatility. He has the ability to excel in multiple areas of the defense. You can line him up anywhere from strong safety to nickel linebacker, and Branch will be productive.
Branch improved every year he played with the Crimson Tide, recording 90 total tackles, three sacks and two interceptions in his final year with them.
The Packers will have two safeties -- Adrian Amos and Darnell Savage -- up for new contracts this offseason. It will be tough to keep both of them, and if they keep Aaron Rodgers, they will have to shed a good amount of money to make room.
They have already started to shed money by restructuring the contract of Aaron Jones.
One area where Branch excels at is his run defense. That is a crucial area where the Packers have struggled to find consistency over the past few seasons.
Another key area of Branch's game is his speed. Many times, you will see him making plays from all over the field with this athletic ability. That will be an intriguing trait to add to the Packers defense.
Adding a player like Branch would bring more youth to the Packers defense and versatility to their secondary room.