With the NFL draft in a week's time, it's time to put on the armchair general manager's hat and try to work out how the Green Bay Packers can improve themselves as well as set themselves up for the future
Biggest needs for the team
- Middle linebacker
- 2nd Wide Receiver
- Defensive Lineman
- Cornerback depth
I will be trading the 30th pick to the New York Giants for the 36th pick and the 99th pick
(assuming Justin Jefferson is not available at 30, which is almost a sure thing)
Round 2 Pick 36 - Jalen Reagor, WR (TCU)
Jalen Reagor's name has come up a lot in many mock drafts as a potential Packers target. I go with him here, as he's a fluid but explosive athlete, combine 40 yard dash time notwithstanding. His shiftiness coupled with his speed makes him a nice weapon for 12, whether it is as a slot receiver or a deep threat. He's also a threat on special teams as well, which the Packers sorely need. His overall skill set reminds me of Julian Edelman.
Round 2 Pick 62 – Willie Gay Jr, LB (Mississippi State)
A physical, high energy player who relishes contact, he’s a run stopper with good mobility to play sideline-to-sideline. His physical gifts allow him to hunt down running backs and mobile quarterbacks. Gay Jr could need some help in coverage and also needs to learn his angles better, but he has the potential to be a 3-down linebacker once he gets pro level coaching. Character issues are a concern, but recent interviews have indicated he’s past that.
Round 3 Pick 94 – Rashard Lawrence, DL (LSU)
Lawrence has the ability to help Kenny Clark from day 1 as a run defender. Another player with a high compete level, he’s got solid quickness and his pursuit helps him in running plays. If he’s able to tap into his pass rush arsenal more and develop counters, he could be a staple in Green Bay’s future defensive line.
Round 3 Pick 99 – Ben Bartch, OT (St John)
A converted tight end, the Packers could develop him to take over from Rick Wagner at right tackle. Raw prospect from a non-top flight division school, he’s shown flashes of starter potential in 2 years playing as an offensive lineman. His athleticism shows in his lateral quickness to slide with defenders, and he’s got the mobility to block down field. A little more refinement in his technique and footwork is needed to be more consistent when dealing with pass rushers
Round 4 Pick 136 – Devin Duvernay, WR (Texas)
Doubling down on a position of need, Duvernay’s hands are a black hole. He could work as a pure deep threat, with his 4.39 speed allowing him to run simple routes but beat his man downfield. Could also work out of the backfield, getting screen passes and running hard to grind out yards. Has value on special teams as well. Lack of twitch and change of direction quickness limits his route tree a little.
Round 5 Pick 175 – Dalton Keene, TE (Virginia Tech)
A very good blocker, Keene can be molded into Lewis 2.0. He has been used as a fullback or H-back as well. He could function as a 6th lineman in run plays, or could be deployed as a seek and destroy protector beside the quarterback. He still has untapped potential as a pass catcher, but has a good chance of a carving out a role for himself as a move tight end.
Round 6 Pick 192 – Tyler Huntley, QB (Utah)
A lot of people might question drafting a QB, but it’s never too early to draft a viable contingency plan. Huntley shows good mobility from the QB position, and completed north of 70 percent of his passes. Arm talent may only be slightly above average, but has enough of a deep ball to be a viable NFL option. We could see him in a Taysom Hill role in a couple of years.
Round 6 Pick 208 – Dane Jackson, CB (Pittsburgh)
He profiles as a slot corner, which is a position of need for the Packers. His lack of burst and overall speed may hinder his chances at being an outside cornerback, but length and ball skills give him a chance to bother receivers if he’s played outside.
Round 6 Pick 209 – Kevin Dotson, IOL (Louisiana)
A good run blocker on the interior, he could be a rotational interior lineman in the future. Dotson has good play strength and anchors well when contacted upon. Pass protection technique needs a lot of improvement. especially passing sets which require him to block for an extended period of time. With Corey Linsley’s tenure ending soon, rebuilding the offensive line needs to a be a priority as well.
Round 7 Pick 236 – Michael Warren II, RB (Cincinnati)
Struggled with a lack of an offensive line in Cincy, Warren II still managed 4.8 yards a carry in his final season in college. Burly runner who can still churn out yards after contact. Not much of a blocker, but can catch some balls out of the backfield. (36 catches for 385 yards over his final 2 seasons) Average speed may limit his big play potential
Round 7 Pick 242 – DeMarcus Acy, DB (Missouri)
A cornerback/safety hybrid, Acy has good size to play cornerback but his athleticism limits him to a being zone scheme cornerback Could be converted back into a safety. Good at helping out in run support, and is a secure tackler. Acy will give us some positional flexibility in the secondary