On Thursday Brett Favre Jersey White , the Packers continued to demonstrate a focus on youth as much as athletic ability in round one."The Green Bay Packers love drafting exceptional athletes. That much is clear from the team’s draft classes over the past several years and is particularly obvious when looking at the last eight rounds of drafting since Brian Gutekunst started as the team’s general manager. In 2018, for example, nine of the Packers’ ten non-punter picks had RAS values greater than 8, with eight of them over Round one of the 2019 NFL Draft on Thursday continued that trend, as the team landed elite athletes in edge rusher Rashan Gary and safety Darnell Savage. The two combined for a lot of green numbers on the RAS board, with only Savage’s size keeping him from a value over nine:However, recent drafts have shown that as important as athleticism is to the Packers from top to bottom in a draft class http://www.packerslockerroom.com/authen … nes-jersey , age appears to be a critical factor as well when deciding who to draft in the first round. To be sure, a small sample size can skew the numbers, but the trends are clear: the Packers are more likely to draft a young player in round one than an older one.Let’s look back at the Packers’ draft picks by round in each of the past few years to see this in action. Below are the picks from days one and two going back to 2014, along with each player’s age on draft day.First Round2019: Rashan Gary (21), Darnell Savage, Jr. (21)2018: Jaire Alexander (21)2016: Kenny Clark (20)2015: Damarious Randall (22)2014: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (21)Second Round2018: Josh Jackson (22)2017: Kevin King (22), Josh Jones (23)2016: Jason Spriggs (21)2015: Quinten Rollins (22)2014: Davante Adams (21)Third Round2018: Oren Burks (23)2017: Montravius Adams (21)2016: Kyler Fackrell (24)2015: Ty Montgomery (22)2014: Khyri Thornton (24) Montravius Adams Jersey White , Richard Rodgers (22)Check out those small numbers above. The Packers haven’t drafted a player older than 21 in round one since picking Damarious Randall in 2015, and he was 22 at that time. In fact, only four picks in days one or two since 2014 have been older than 22 on draft day, and only one of them was drafted before round three.The Packers have certainly put first-round grades on players older than 22 in recent years, and again, some of this is the luck of the draw. Some is also a function of the fact that the first round often tends to be filled with underclassmen, precisely because players who are likely to be high draft picks tend to leave for the draft with a year of college eligibility remaining. But still Bryan Bulaga Jersey , the Packers clearly value players who are on the younger end of the spectrum, likely because they have more time to develop before reaching their physical primes. Take a look at Kenny Clark, for example. He was not only a great athlete for a defensive lineman, but he was 20 years old. At that age, Clark was able to further develop his already exceptional athletic ability in Green Bay; clearly that is preferable to the Packers than taking a player with similar or lesser physical tools who is three or four years older. Now, Clark is entering year four and will only turn 24 years old in October, and he is molding into one of the finest defensive tackles in the NFL.If you look even farther back at just first-round picks Kyle Murphy Jersey White , it is clear that this has been the approach going all the way back to Ted Thompson. Indeed, since Thompson took over as GM in 2005, the Packers have drafted exactly one player in the first round who was older than 23 on draft day. That pick? Justin Harrell in 2007, and Packers fans all remember how that turned out.Thus, youth is clearly a priority for Brian Gutekunst and was for Ted Thompson, particularly when looking at that in combination with a player’s athletic ability. The Packers kept the same defensive coordinator from the 2019 season, but they are making big changes to their personnel on that side of the ball.Tuesday has brought word of agreements with safety Adrian Amos and linebacker Za'Darius Smith. Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports that linebacker Preston Smith can be added to a list that would have been unthinkable in Green Bay a few years ago.Smith was No. 13 on PFT’s list of the top 100 free agents and joins the other Smith in an obvious bid to boost the play off the edges of their defense. The dual additions would also seem to signal that linebacker Clay Matthews will be moving on as a free agent.Washington selected Smith in the second round of the 2015 draft and started 50 of the 64 games he played over his first four years. He had 168 tackles Womens Vince Biegel Jersey , 24.5 sacks, four interceptions and four forced fumbles over that span.