After a long wait on Thursday night only to see the Green Bay Packers trade out of the first round, the Packers and their fans had a lot to contemplate before opening Day 2 of the NFL Draft. Would the Packers trade back again or would they sit tight and make a pick at 33?
Ted Thompson made a pick at 33 and didn’t disappoint, as he took Washington cornerback Kevin King. King is a tall and physical corner that has number one corner potential. He will be a nice addition to a secondary that struggled mightily last season.
The Packers followed that pick by picking versatile defensive back Josh Jones out of North Carolina State at 61. Jones is another athletic player that will be able to bring depth to the safety position and should be able to play in their nickel package as well.
In the third round, the Packers added a big defensive lineman in Montravius Adams. Adams is another athletic lineman that can play outside on run downs and will be able to get a pass rush up the middle on pass downs. Adams plays a very similar style to Mike Daniels when he came out of Iowa. Let’s hope he turns out just as well.
After getting three solid players on day two of the draft, the Packers will get much busier tomorrow. They have six picks in the last four rounds and will look to get some much-needed depth throughout the team.
Their first pick will be the first pick of the day to start round four. So, Ted Thompson and company will have another full night to contemplate whom to add next. They will also have the 28th pick (134 overall) in the fourth round.
These will be interesting picks for the Packers. I can see them looking at OLB type players like Wisconsin’s Vince Biegel or Auburn’s Carl Lawson. Somewhere on day three they will also have to get some depth at running back. North Carolina’s TJ Logan and Wyoming’s Brian Hill might fit the Green Bay mold there.
The Packers also have two picks in round five, selecting at 29 (172 overall) and 39 (182 overall). In round six, they pick at 212 overall and finish out with the 247th overall pick in the seventh round.
I can see the Packers getting a depth on the offensive line in the later rounds. Dorian Jackson might be the best available and there are some good developmental players like Julie’n Davenport or Jermaine Eluemunor out there.
In the later rounds, the Packers also like getting players that will turn into good special teams players. There are a few guys out there that could be targets, such as linebackers Ben Boulware of Clemson or Riley Bullough from Michigan State. A corner that could help would be Brian Allen from Utah or they could go for a wide receiver like Dede Westbrook of Oklahoma.
There are still a lot of decisions for the Packers over the next four rounds. The draft continues tomorrow at 11 AM central time. Stay tuned to APC for info and analysis on all the Packers picks.
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