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LMG:

Brian Gutekunst


We know the Packers are going to be good on offense next year, right? (Spoiler: they are.) Now they're going to be good on defense too, thanks to getting Mike Pettine some weapons in the draft. Gutekunst, the Packers first-year GM, went defense-heavy early in the draft, picking up Louisville corner Jaire Alexander in the first round and Iowa corner Josh Jackson in the second round. Green Bay then added linebacker Oren Burks in the third round. The real power move by Gutekunst in all of this was him somehow managing to walk out of Thursday with an extra first-round pick next year despite moving down only three spots: he let the Saints come up, took their first next year, then moved back up at a cheaper cost when the Seahawks were looking to trade down. It was some David Blaine-level trickeration. Notre Dame wide receiver Equanimeous St. Brown in the sixth round might have been one of the biggest steals in the whole draft. For a fanbase that got tired of the team not spending in free agency and standing pat in the draft and taking what came down the pipe, Packers fans should be thrilled at the way Gutekunst spent this offseason being active and this draft whipping up some serious defensive improvements.


CBS Sports

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GREEN BAY PACKERS


Draft picks: Louisville CB Jaire Alexander (No. 18), Iowa CB Josh Jackson (No. 45), Vanderbilt LB Oren Burks (No. 88), Missouri WR J'Mon Moore (No. 133), Washington State OG Cole Madison (No. 138), Alabama P J.K. Scott (No. 172), South Florida WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling (No. 174), Notre Dame WR Equanimeous St. Brown (No. 207), Cal DT James Looney (No. 232), Mississippi State LS Hunter Bradley (No. 239), Southeast Missouri LB Kendall Donnerson (No. 248). ​


New defensive coordinator Mike Pettine always had an aggressive, disruptive pass rush when he was coordinating the Jets’ defense from 2009-12, even though that team had very mediocre edge rushers. Pettine generated pressure through scheme by putting extra defensive backs on the field and having them roam around, creating a blurry look. At the snap, some would rush and others would rotate into coverage. It was hard for blockers to identify which would come, and the beauty was those defensive backs always arrived quicker than a defensive lineman or linebacker would.


Head coach Mike McCarthy favors this unique brand of defense, which was also employed—to a lesser extent—by Pettine’s predecessor, Dom Capers. For this approach to work, you need corners who can win on an island. In Green Bay, Pettine inherited only one decent corner: last year’s second-rounder Kevin King, who has played just nine NFL games. So, the team drafted of twitchy Jaire Alexander in the first round and lanky Josh Jackson in the second. The Packers now have youthful talent at all three starting corner spots.


It was wise of Green Bay to use its third-round pick on an athletic linebacker like Oren Burks. He can replace the departed Joe Thomas in dime packages (something Pettine, with his fondness for DB blitzes, employs often). Having addressed the defense thoroughly for Pettine’s scheme, first-year GM Brian Gutekunst used picks in the fourth, fifth and sixth rounds on wide receivers, hoping to bump into a quality No. 3 in the wake of Jordy Nelson’s release.


Grade: A

SI.com

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Green Bay Packers: A


Draft picks: CB Jaire Alexander (Louisville) CB Josh Jackson (Iowa), OLB Oren Burks (Vanderbilt), WR J’mon Moore (Missouri), G Cole Madison (Washington State), P JK Scott (Alabama), WR Marques Valdez-Scantling (South Florida), WR Equanimeous St. Brown (Notre Dame), DE James Looney (California), LS Hunter Bradley (Mississippi State), OLB Kendall Donnerson (Southeast Missouri State)


The Packers got a dynamic cornerback duo to support last year's second-rounder Kevin King. Burks should find a starting position right away for Mike Pettine in the Demario Davis mold. Moore (big red-zone target) Valdez-Scantling (home-run hitter) and St. Brown (a little bit of both) give them intriguing post-Jordy Nelson options behind Davante Adams at receiver. Scott and Bradley give them a sneaky upgrade on special teams, too. Edge defensive options were a typical way to end a great first draft for Brian Gutekunst.


Sporting News

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LMG:
Here's another;




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Picks: CB Jaire Alexander (1); CB Josh Jackson (2); OLB Oren Burks (3); WR J’Mon Moore (4); G Cole Madison (5); P JK Scott (5); WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling (5); WR Equanimeous St. Brown (6); DT James Looney (7); LS Hunter Bradley (7); LB Kendall Donnerson (7).


Analysis: I like how the Packers played the first round, practically moving back four spots to take CB Jaire Alexander – a very good player who fills a big need – while picking up a 2019 first-rounder from the Saints. Doubling down on cornerback to take Josh Jackson in the second round was a strong move. The Packers had a pass-rush need, but the cornerback need was apparently more pressing.


Receiver Equanimeous St. Brown, a 6-5 speedster who had nine touchdowns with Notre Dame in 2016 before slumping last season, seems to be a nice fit in the sixth round. The Packers will be fine if one of the three receivers they took pan out.


Taking a punter and long snapper seemed odd, but the Packers had a lot of picks.


Grade: A-minus
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Frank Schwab - Yahoo Sports

Gregg:
We essentially concentrated on three spots:  CB, WR, and LB.  The high picks were on CB and LB.

We took one OL and one DL, a punter, and LS.

We did not draft a QB, RB, TE, or safety.  Which tells me that the GM is determined to find players who fit Pettine's scheme. And he thinks our offense will be fine with a healthy AR, and finding a replacement for Jordy Nelson. Of which he picked three and hopes to hit on one.

As they say, the proof is in the pudding. 

ricky:

--- Quote from: Gregg on April 29, 2018, 03:03:09 PM ---We essentially concentrated on three spots:  CB, WR, and LB.  The high picks were on CB and LB.

We took one OL and one DL, a punter, and LS.

We did not draft a QB, RB, TE, or safety.  Which tells me that the GM is determined to find players who fit Pettine's scheme. And he thinks our offense will be fine with a healthy AR, and finding a replacement for Jordy Nelson. Of which he picked three and hopes to hit on one.

As they say, the proof is in the pudding.

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What is more interesting is who they didn't draft. No edge rusher (which was a constant drumbeat of this board) until very late. Instead, trying to correct the mistake TT made a couple years ago with Randall and Rollins, one gone and the other looking like he might be gone. Bob Fox did a good job of analyzing why Pettine might want more DB help. The lack of drafting QB or RB is obvious, since they traded for Kizer, and are well stocked at RB, at least in IMO. The team seems to be expecting some big progress from their "redshirt" rushers (Biegel in particular). No TE? This can be addressed on cutdowns and/or the draft next year. Safety? One of Jones, Evans or Brice should be fine.

Three WR's? All long, physical and fast. All three need work. Apparently, the Packers are hoping one of them "clicks" with Rodgers. And, speaking of AR, he has to be feeling a little better with three WR's chosen, and a mauling, pass protection specialist as the only OL chosen. Yes, Aaron, the Packes do appreciate you, even if they don't ask your input before getting rid of people you like.

SSGCujo:
I think that it was a very good draft. The first three picks were outstanding. I like picking three WRs', I think that two make the team, one to the practice squad. I was kinda cool on the punter, but when looking at it, he was the best in the draft. It also pushes Vogel, and maybe he gets traded for a 2019 pick. Madison will make the team, perfect pick for the Packers, he's a very good pass blocker, but needs to work on his run blocking. The LS will make the team as long as he can please Crosby. The two defensive 7th round picks have a chance, if not they'll be on the practice squad. The extra 2019 first round pick is huge! That pick can be traded down for multiple picks.

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