Green Bay Packers May Scouting Report
This report is the post draft report. Let’s review the draft picks and what that means for the position and the team. The Packers traded down twice picking up two more picks. So they go in with 8 picks and come away with 10 picks. The first 4 picks were defensive players; the last 6 were offensive players.
Round 2, Pick 33 overall – CB Kevin King, 6-3, 200, Washington
King has played corner back, but also has played safety. He brings speed, size, athleticism, ball skills, and versatility to the position. With CB Sam Shields having to retire because of concussions, the Packers were in need of a shut down corner. They are betting he is it. Otherwise, last year’s main players return, CB Randall, CB Quinten Rollins, and CB Ladarius Gunter. The Packers also signed free agent CB Davon House. It is possible that King and House are the new corners. But the next pick plays into what may happen as well.
Round 2, Pick 61 overall – S Josh Jones, 6-1, 220, NC State
Jones is another safety the same size as S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and S Morgan Burnette. But he hits harder and has played corner. He like King is versatile, fast – in fact faster than any roster corner last year, and has ball skills. Between King and Jones they have two players who can be moved to cover any deficient spot in the Packer secondary. S Kentrell Brice and S Marwin Evans had significant playing time last year as well.
Round 3, Pick 93 overall – DT Montravius Adams, 6-4, 304, Auburn
With the DE Mike Daniels, last year’s new comers DE Dean Lowry and DE Kenny Clark, and the addition of DE Ricky Jean Francois, I didn’t think they would take a player at this position. But they took a disruptive defensive line player in Adams. It also indicates how they might view DE Christian Ringo, DE Brian Price, and/or NT LeRoy Guion – who is facing a 4 game suspension to start the season. They have also added two undrafted guys as well.
Round 4, Pick 108 overall – LB Vince Biegel, 6-3, 248, Wisconsin
This position is simple. OLB Clay Matthews and OLB Nick Perry are the starters. Next in line are OLB Kyle Fackrell and OLB Jayrone Elliott. But some of those four are injury prone. Enter Biegel. The Pack won’t have much of a letdown with him on the field when they get him up to speed. Biegel could also slide inside and provide help there.
Round 4, Pick 134 overall – RB Jamaal Williams, 6-0, 212, BYU
Round 5, Pick 182 overall – RB Aaron Jones, 5-9, 208, Texas-El Paso
Round 7, Pick 238 overall – RB Devante Mays, 5-11, 230, Utah State
These guys and RB Ty Montgomery are the teams’ only running backs. It was made clear that Montgomery is the starter. But Williams who plays very tough will get snaps too. The third roster position is between Jones and Mays. The other could find a home on the practice squad.
Round 5, Pick 175 overall – WR DeAngelo Yancey, 6-2, 201, Purdue
Round 7, Pick 247 overall – WR Malachi Dupre, 6-2, 196, LSU
WR Jordy Nelson and WR Davante Adams are the starters. If you think at this point that WR Geronimo Allen and WR Randall Cobb are the next two then that leaves a one or two roster spots assuming six are kept and it also depends on what they think of WR Jeff Janis and WR Trevor Davis. So they added two bigger guys with bigger wing spans to catch the balls. Then throw in WR MAX McCaffery who is also 6-2 and has 4.40 speed, it is a crowded roster. Finally they added two other undrafted free agents. I am not sure where this is all going, but maybe training camp will clear it up.
Round 6, Pick 212 overall – OT Kofi Amichia, 6-4, 297, South Florida
On the offensive line the Packers really only have two holes to fill. One is the starting right guard. The other is a versatile backup. Amichia could be the versatile back up. I think the starting right guard will be either OG Kyle Murphy or OG Jahri Evans. I think the Packer line will just be fine. The Packers have brought in four other undrafted offensive line guys.
Positions not expecting a draft pick include; Tight End. The Packers have TE Martellus Bennett, TE Lance Kendricks TE Richard Rodgers, and TE Beau Sandland. And there are no other TE coming via the undrafted player route either. Right now only Bennett has fantasy value. Quarterback: QB Aaron Rodgers is the starter with fantasy value. QB Brett Hundley is the backup. Qb Joe Callahan and newcomer QB Taysom Hill from BYU will vie for the third spot. Inside Line Backer: No pick was taken here, but the perception is that the existing players will be better when they have better supporting players around them. We will see …….
So the Packers have beefed up the defense, running back, wide receiver group, offensive line, and tight end group. Everything on defense will stand a better chance to work if they can just stay healthy. In the next report we will see how OTAs and minicamps are going. I hope the NFL draft was an enjoyable experience for you.
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