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Title: Reviewing the 2018 NFL Draft of the Green Bay Packers
Post by: Bob Fox on April 29, 2018, 03:20:04 PM
Reviewing the 2018 NFL Draft of the Green Bay Packers

By Bob Fox

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The 2018 NFL draft for the Green Bay Packers is now over. How would I view the draft for the Pack overall? I have a number of thoughts. In conjunction with my opinion, I’m going to use the scouting insights of NFL scout Chris Landry.

Much like in the 2015 NFL draft which was run by then general manager Ted Thompson, the Packers focused on the cornerback position in the first two rounds. In that regard, I think new general manager Brian Gutekunst did quite well, especially based on the pre-draft scouting report by Landry.

Landry had both Jaire Alexander and Josh Jackson rated with a 6.4 grade, which classifies as an early second-round value. Both players were on his horizontal draft board (best players regardless of position). Alexander was ranked No. 37, while Jackson was ranked No. 30. Jackson was ranked third, while Alexander was ranked fourth on Landry’s cornerback draft board.

I had the Packers taking Jackson in the second round in my third mock draft.

Green Bay desperately needed to upgrade the talent and youth at the cornerback position in this draft and they did just that. New defensive coordinator Mike Pettine has to be happy with these selections.

Later in this article, you will see Landry’s breakdown on the selections of both Alexander and Jackson, as well as all the other selections that the Packers made in the draft.

I also saw that he Packers definitely got bigger and faster at the wide receiver position with the three players they selected. J’Mon Moore of Missouri is 6’3″, weighs 207 pounds and ran a 4.48 in the 40 at his pro day. Marquez Valdes-Scantling of USF is 6’4″, weighs 206 pounds and ran a 4.37 in the 40 at the NFL Scouting Combine. Equanimeous St. Brown is 6’5″, weighs 214 pounds and ran a 4.48 in the 40 at the combine.

Landry had both Moore and Brown ranked on his horizontal board, which ranks players from first to fourth-round value. Landry has Brown ranked No. 86 and has the former Fighting Irish star graded with a 5.9 mark, which means a third-round value. Landry had Moore ranked No. 129 and has the former Tiger star graded with a 5.5 mark, which means a fourth-round value.

I had the Packers taking Brown in my first mock draft.

Valdes-Scantling was not on Landry’s horizontal board and was graded with a 5.4 mark, which means fifth to sixth-round value.

The Packers had a lot of question marks at wide receiver prior to the draft. For one, the team released Jordy Nelson. Secondly, the best wide receiver on the team, Davante Adams, who the Packers signed to a four-year $58.75 extension in late December, is coming off a season with multiple concussions. Finally, Randall Cobb is is in the final year of his four-year $40 deal, one which he has not exactly lived up to.

Adding Moore, Valdes-Scantling and Brown gives the Packers a lot of options at the wide receiver position, as well as speed and size as I mentioned earlier.

I’m sure quarterback Aaron Rodgers wasn’t unhappy with the selections of these big and talented receivers. Nor was head coach Mike McCarthy.

In the third round the Packers picked linebacker Oren Burks. While I would have preferred adding an edge rusher at that point of the draft, the Packers have been trying to find a cover-linebacker for years now in the pass-happy league that they play in. It appears that Burks can fill that role.

Landry did not have Burks ranked in his horizontal draft board, but did have the former Vandy star graded with a 5.4 mark, which means a fifth to sixth-round value. Obviously the Packers graded Burks differently.

To read the rest of the story, please go to:

https://greenbaybobfox.wordpress.com/2018/04/29/reviewing-the-2018-nfl-draft-of-the-green-bay-packers/

Title: Re: Reviewing the 2018 NFL Draft of the Green Bay Packers
Post by: RT on April 29, 2018, 04:00:39 PM
That is interesting about the assigning of the number 8 to Scott. I search everywhere I could think of and could not find that information. Wondering where you heard that. If that is the case, I would guess that Vogel is already traded or released and that will be made public in the next day or two.

Two numbers that were listed on Packers.com that I thought were interesting was Alexander getting Randall's old number 23. And Jackson getting Shields number 37. 
Title: Re: Reviewing the 2018 NFL Draft of the Green Bay Packers
Post by: RT on May 01, 2018, 03:38:13 PM
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JK Scott is taking Joe Callahan’s number. He’ll be No. 6.
Title: Re: Reviewing the 2018 NFL Draft of the Green Bay Packers
Post by: Hands on May 02, 2018, 02:55:35 PM
I thought Green Bay had a very good draft. I usually think that until injuries and lack of skills bring my expectations to Realville. The one player I have a very bad feeling about is the Packer's 2nd round pick. Jackson is great in zone...but can he be the press corner that is desperately needed?
The other guys seem to have specific strengths and weaknesses which are known. I hope the rookies take them to the SB this year!
Title: Re: Reviewing the 2018 NFL Draft of the Green Bay Packers
Post by: Bob Fox on May 17, 2018, 04:13:57 PM
Initially right after the draft, I went to Packers.com, and the roster of the Packers had both Scott and Vogel with No. 8. I do see that Scott now has No. 6.
Title: Re: Reviewing the 2018 NFL Draft of the Green Bay Packers
Post by: RT on June 02, 2018, 10:40:59 AM
One thing I found interesting in reviewing the draft is the case of Dante Pettis being selected one pick ahead of the Packers in the 2nd round.

I know you mocked him to the Packers in your final mock, in the 3rd round, so he was on your radar.

But just piecing together a few comments from Gute, I don't think it is a reach to think that Pettis was going to be the Packers selection at 45 overall.
1.) On the second night of the draft Gute stated that the Packers didn't go into the second day planning to doubledown at CB.
2.) He also, when talking about the selection of Jackson stated that 'we really liked Pettis from Washington', but continued on to say that Jackson was the A player.

It is always interesting to see how the dominoes fall, but if Pettis would of been taken there by the Packers, surely the 3rd day of the draft probably plays out differently also. Regardless it will be interesting to see how the career of Pettis unfolds.