Packers Board For The 2022 NFL Draft Defense

Rashan Gary, the top player on defense on the Packers draft board in 2015
Credit: 247 sports

Following part one on the offense, this will obviously be the Packers draft board for the defense. You can read part one here if you haven’t read it yet. Same as the offense, the Packers have specific thresholds for each position. Again, I did not include players expected to be taken before #22. Similar to the offense though, they do like athletic young guys. Again you can learn more about RAS on Kent’s website. So let’s get to the positions.

Packers 2022 NFL Draft Board: Defense

Defensive line

It has been a few years of sub-par defensive line classes. This year is no exception. It does however look better at the top, with two to three expected to go in the first round. Overall, though, it isn’t great.

With the Packers thresholds, they like them athletic. 6’3+, 290+, with a 40 5.1 or faster, and a 7.6 3-cone or better.

  • *Thomas Booker – Stanford – 9.88
  • Devonte Wyatt – Georgia – 9.59 ( age )
  • Curtis Brooks – Cincinnati – 9.52
  • Travis Jones – UConn – 9.4
  • Logan Hall – Houston – 9.4
  • Ben Stille – Nebraska – 9.34
  • *Matt Henningsen – Wisconsin – 9.34
  • Eric Johnson II – Missouri State – 9.16
  • Jordan Jackson – Air Force – 9.14
  • Elijah Garcia – Rice – 8.87
  • Zachary Carter – Florida – 8.1 ( vertical )
  • *Derrick Tangelo – Penn State – 7.5 ( short shuttle )
  • DeMarvin Leal – Texas A&M – 7.44 ( vertical )
  • Matthew Butler – Tennessee – 7.33 ( 3-cone )

Although he doesn’t have an RAS score, I expect Perrion Winfrey to also be on their board.

Edge

Edge defenders this year will be a little bit of a projection, since we do not know what Joe Barry prefers with them. We knew Pettine had a particular type. He wanted big 6’4+ 265 pounds and up, with long arms and a power rusher profile.

Barry did coach with the Rams and they used somewhat smaller guys, so they are being included in the list. However, I did not include guys under 250, because I just don’t see the Packers going that small.

The Packers have always liked highly athletic edge rushers. Generally a 4.75 or faster 40, 35″ vertical, and a 7.25 3 cone or faster.

  • Boye Mafe – Minnesota – 9.92 ( age )
  • Jeffrey Gunter – Coastal Carolina – 9.76
  • Dominique Robinson – Miami (OH) – 9.74
  • Sam Williams – Ole Miss – 9.72 ( character )
  • *Josh Paschal – Kentucky – 9.7
  • *Cullen Wick – Tulsa – 9.5
  • *David Ojabo – Michigan – 9.4 ( injury )
  • Jeremiah Moon – Florida – 9.31 ( short shuttle )
  • *Jermaine Johnson – Florida State – 9.22 ( age )
  • George Karlaftis – Purdue – 9.21
  • *Isaiah Thomas – Oklahoma – 9.16 ( vertical ) ( character )
  • *Scott Patchan – Colorado State – 9.14 ( age, injury )
  • Kingsley Jonathan – Syracuse – 9.05
  • Mike Tverdov – Rutgers – 9.02 ( arm )
  • Arnold Ebiketie – Penn State – 8.91
  • Luiji Vilain – Wake Forest – 8.83
  • *Cameron Thomas – San Diego State – 8.68
  • *Drake Jackson – USC – 8.6
  • Michael Clemons – Texas A&M – 8.21
  • Brandon Barlow – Boston College – 8.07
  • David Anenih – Houston – 7.57

Alex Wright should also still be on the Packers draft board, even though we do not have enough testing for him.

Linebackers

Linebackers are very much like tight ends in Green Bay. They do not have a high threshold for the position. Generally speaking, they like linebackers who are 6’1+ 230+ with a 4.45 short shuttle or better, and a 7.25 3-cone or faster and not much else beyond that. The guys they have drafted have had an average RAS of 6.33. This leaves us with a large group of linebackers who fit.

  • Troy Anderson – Montana State – 10
  • Leo Chenal – Wisconsin – 9.99
  • Brandon Smith – Penn State – 9.97
  • *Damone Clark – LSU – 9.87 ( injury )
  • Chad Muma – Wyoming – 9.77
  • *Elliot Brown – Virginia – 9.74
  • Chance Campbell – Mississippi – 9.69
  • Channing Tindall – Georgia – 9.68 ( weight )
  • Quay Walker – Georgia – 9.63
  • Darrian Beavers – Cincinnati – 9.6
  • Devin Harper – Oklahoma State – 9.51
  • Micah McFadden – Indiana – 9.47
  • Cameron Goode – Cal – 9.46
  • Daniel Hardy – Montana State – 9.33
  • Jack Cochrane – South Dakota – 9.18
  • Baylon Spector – Clemson – 9.13
  • Mike Rose – Iowa State – 9.07
  • Kyron Johnson – Kansas – 8.41
  • Grant Dixon – Youngstown State – 8.32
  • Noah Harvey – Michigan State – 8.31
  • D’Marco Jackson – Appalachian State – 8.26
  • Tyler Dressler – Richmond – 7.75
  • *Aaron Hansford – Texas A&M – 7.61
  • Olakunle Fatukasi – Rutgers – 7.53
  • Jack Gibbens – Minnesota – 7.42
  • Ben Davis – Texas – 7.37
  • Jack Sanborn – Wisconsin – 7.35
  • Carson Wells – Colorado – 7.28
  • Forrest Rhyne – Villanova – 7.18
  • Kenny Herbert – Arizona – 6.54
  • Nate Landman – Colorado – 6.42
Cornerbacks –

Now to the cornerbacks. The Green Bay Packers have a type. They look for guys who are 5’10 1/4+ 190 pounds+ with a 4.55 or faster 40 yard dash, and a 7.07 3-cone or faster. Their average RAS score has been a 7.21, but recently Brian Gutekunst he has liked them even more athletic.

  • Zyon McCollum – Sam Houston State – 10
  • Tristin McCullon – Sam Houston State – 9.94
  • Tony Adams – Illinois – 9.75
  • Tariq Castro-Fields – Penn State – 9.74
  • *Damari Mathis – Pittsburgh – 9.72
  • Tariq Woolen – UTSA – 9.7
  • Kyler Gordon – Washington – 9.69
  • Akayleb Evans – Missouri – 9.56
  • Josh Thompson – Texas – 9.55
  • *Dallis Flowers – Pittsburg State – 9.53 ( short shuttle )
  • *Trent McDuffie – Washington – 9.49 ( arm )
  • Joshua Williams – Fayetteville State – 9.44
  • Joshua Flowers – Winstom-Salem State – 9.37
  • Same Webb – Missouri Western – 9.3
  • Jaylen Watson – Washington State – 9.2
  • Jaylon Jones – Mississippi – 9.18 ( age )
  • Darrell Baker – Georgia Southern – 9.1
  • Alontae Taylor – Tennessee – 9.06
  • Chase Lucas – Arizona State – 8.89 ( weight )
  • Greg Junior – Ouchita Baptist – 8.85
  • Allan George – Vanderbuilt – 8.66
  • Martin Emerson – Mississippi State – 8.48
  • Cam Taylor-Britt – Nebraska – 8.33
  • Ja’Sir Taylor – Wake Forest – 8.29
  • Raleigh Texada – Baylor – 8.23 ( 3 cone)
  • Christian Benford – Villanova – 8.13 ( 3 cone )
  • Don Gardner – South Dakota State – 8.1
  • Faion Hicks – Wisconsin – 7.86 ( height )
  • Delonte Hood – Peru State – 7.22
  • DaMarcus Fields – Texas Tech – 6.18

Safety

Safety is somewhat similar to cornerback when it comes to thresholds and the Green Bay Packers. Again, they like young and highly athletic guys. The Packers do like them a little bigger — about 5’11 and 200 pounds — but are more forgiving on the 40 speed with 4.6 being the cut off and a 7.1 3-cone. They have also averaged an RAS score of 7.51.

They do not differentiate much from their safeties as far as what they look for from their free safeties versus strong safeties. That is why I bunched them all together in one group.

  • *Lewis Cine – Georgia – 9.92
  • *Marcel Dabo – Germany – 9.91
  • Nick Cross – Maryland – 9.87
  • Scott Nelson – Wisconsin – 9.69 ( injury )
  • Joey Blount – Virginia – 9.62
  • Isaac Taylor-Stuart – 9.61
  • Tycen Anderson – Toledo – 9.49
  • JT Woods – Baylor – 9.43
  • Dane Belton – Iowa – 9.42
  • Rodney Thomas II – Yale – 9.25
  • Jack Korner – Iowa – 9.19
  • Jaquan Brisker – Penn State – 9.14
  • Mike Griffin – South Dakota State – 9.12
  • Nazeeh Johnson – Marshall – 9.08
  • Daxton Hill – Michigan – 9.06
  • Marcelino McCray-Ball – Indiana – 9.04
  • D’Anthony Bell – West Florida – 8.99
  • *Chris Moore – Georgia State – 8.93
  • Isaiah Pola-Mao – USC – 8.85
  • Kolby Harvell-Peel – Oklahoma State – 8.8
  • Brandon Easterling – Dayton – 8.68 ( arm )
  • Tyrone Hill Jr – Washington State – 8.64
  • Jalen Pitre – Baylor – 8.47
  • Abrae Booker-Currin – Adams State – 8.46
  • Bubba Bolden – Miami(Fla) – 8.12
  • LaKendrick Van Zandt – TCU – 8.09
  • Reed Blankenship – Middle Tennessee State – 8.01
  • Tre Webb – Montana State – 7.95
  • Nasir Greer – Wake Forest – 7.88
  • Brad Hawkins – Michigan – 7.65
  • Mike Brown – Miami(OH) – 7.57
  • Delarrin Turner-Yell – Oklahoma – 7.54
  • Percy Butler – Louisiana – 7.35

One player who didn’t qualify for an RAS score Kirby Joseph, but I would bet he is on their board. That’s it for the defense portion of the Packers draft board. Now, we wait for the real deal on Thursday!

Packers Board For The 2022 NFL Draft: Offense

Utah State QB Jordan Love was atop the Packers draft board in 2020
Credit: Packerwire

So it is time for my annual Packers NFL draft board. This will be the second time that I will be producing it publicly. I used to make one and keep it for myself, but decided too many fans out there did not understand how the Packers approached the draft.

With that being said on last year’s draft board I had four guys that the Packers ended up picking- Cornerback Eric Stokes, offensive linemen Royce Newman and Cole Van Lanen, and running back Kylin Hill. You can also find my previous article on how the Packers are expected to approach the draft.

My formula is a combination of film prep and measurements. I take a player’s
height, weight, athletic testing, and in certain positions length and compare
it to the established thresholds that the Packers use. Brian Gutekunst has
pretty much confirmed that the old thresholds that were established under Wolf
and Thompson are still being used.

Looking at his drafts that is both true and not true. As a result he has made some adjustments and is a lot more flexible than Ted was. Thompson was pretty rigid on sticking to them.

Packer Draft Board Process

For this year’s list, I am adding arm length at certain positions: namely
offensive line, defensive back, and defensive line/edge. I am also adding a
section for players who are a bit outside the thresholds but still could be on
their board.

We do not have access to medical or personal information on players, so some of these guys may not be on the Packers board due to those issues. There are some players with known character issues, and they will be marked. The Packers tend to shy away from those types. Also, anyone who is should be gone before pick 22 will not be included, so no Aidan Hutchinson, Sauce Gardner, Kyle Hamilton, etc…

If something happens and the Packers move up I will update this article. There will be an asterisk next to players with incomplete athletic profiles and players who look like they are still on the Packers draft board but we don’t know 100%. The Players are in RAS order just because it’s honestly easier to organize it that way. Also, players in red are borderline with one or more of their tests or measurements. If you would like to learn more about RAS, you can read all about it on Kent’s website. Let’s get to the list.

2022 Packers NFL Draft Board

Quarterbacks

The Packers are unlikely to take one unless someone drops to day three — or Jordan Love gets traded. I included them just in case. The Packers generally like quarterbacks who have some athleticism at least and they like them at least 6’1 210+.

  • EJ Perry – Brown – 9.43
  • Brandon Peters – Illinois – 8.86
  • Joe Mancuso – Richmond – 8.37
  • Jack Coan – Notre Dame – 7.68
  • *Anthony Brown – Oregon – 7.46
  • *Chris Oladokun – South Dakota State – 7.33

Running backs

Running backs are kind of similar to quarterbacks. The Packers have four NFL backs on their roster. However, Aaron Jones’ cap hit shoots up in 2023, so he is a potential cap casualty next off-season and Hill is coming off a torn ACL. They may take a running back, but I feel it’s more of a 2023 draft pick. The Packers tend to like their backs 5’10+ and 210+, with a sub 4.6 40-yard dash, 9’7″ or higher broad jump, and a 3-cone of 7.2 or lower.

  • *Breece Hall – Iowa State – 9.96
  • *Rachaad White – ASU – 9.88
  • Master Teague – OSU – 9.84
  • Zander Horvath – Purdue – 9.83
  • *Zamir White – Georgia – 9.82
  • Bryant Koback – Toledo – 9.72
  • Maurice Burkley – Louisville – 9.56
  • Pierre Strong – South Dakota State – 9.34 (weight)
  • *Kenneth Walker – MSU – 9.26
  • Isaih Pacheco – Rutgers – 8.85
  • *James Cook – Georgia – 8.77 (weight)
  • Kevin Brown – Incarnate Word – 8.73 (height)
  • Keontay Ingram – USC – 8.68
  • Kingston Davis – Miles – 8.11
  • Marcus Williams Jr. – Louisiana Tech – 7.82
  • Abdul Adams – Syracuse – 7.61
  • Max Borghi – Washington State – 7.54
  • Tyler Allgeier – BYU – 7.39
  • Jordan Mason – Georgia Tech – 7.12
  • Jerome Ford – Cincinnati – 6.94 (vertical)
  • Tyrion Davis-Price – LSU – 6.69 ( vertical )
  • Brian Robinson – Alabama – 6.61 (short shuttle, 3 cone)
  • Ty Chandler – North Carolina – 6.38 (3 cone)

Wide Receivers

We all know the Packers need to fill out the receiver room even, with the Sammy Watkins signing. He is just a short-term band-aid. They are likely to add at least two receivers, maybe three in the draft. The Packers and their thresholds at the receiver position are one of the most hotly debated things amongst Packers fans.

It has been well established that they like their receivers 6’0+ 195+ with a 40 of 4.5 or better and a 3-cone 7.00 or faster, with an overall RAS of 8 or better. Their thresholds are around 5’9 190, 4.6 40-yard dash, and a 3-cone of 7.08. A willing blocker is also a must.

There are some players who the Packers have had in for visits, guys like Velus Jones and Tyquan Thorton, who fall short on the agility drills or weight. The reason for the visits may be to throw other teams off, a need to clear up some background information, or to get information on a player they may be facing in their division soon. I have heard that teams do these things.

  • Christian Watson – NDSU – 9.96
  • Kevin Austin – Notre Dame – 9.94
  • Dareke Young – Lenoir-Rhyne – 9.93
  • Alec Pierce – Cincinnati – 9.82
  • Brenden Schooler – Texas – 9.78
  • Andre Miller – Maine – 9.6
  • Tyshaun James – Central Connecticut State – 9.55 (short shuttle)
  • *George Pickens – Georgia – 9.37
  • Bo Melton – Rutgers – 9.25
  • *Keshunn Abram – Kent State – 9.2
  • Jalen Virgil – Appalachian State – 9.16 ( short shuttle )
  • *Jalen Martin – Pittsburg State – 8.97 ( 40 )
  • Tanner Conner – Idaho State – 8.83 ( short shuttle)
  • Lanc McCutcheon – Montana State – 8.67
  • Jalen Tolbert – South Alabama – 8.62
  • Cyrus Holder – Duquesne – 8.37
  • Sy Barnett – Ferris State – 8.11
  • Thomas Reid III – Arizona – 8.06 ( short shuttle )
  • Jared Wyatt – New Mexico State – 8
  • Riley Boersma – Regina – 7.79 ( height )
  • Phazion McClurge – Indiana State – 7.69
  • Braylon Sanders – Mississippi – 7.61
  • Skky Moore – Western Michigan – 7.59 ( height )
  • Dennis Houston – Western Illinois – 7.58 ( short shuttle, 3-cone)
  • Jake Parker – Howard Payne – 7.26 ( 40 )
  • Samori Toure – Nebraska – 6.14

Also, there were some wide receivers who didn’t workout that I expect to be on Packers draft board.  Guys like Romeo Dubs and Drake London.

Tight ends

When it comes to tight ends the Packers are not very particular. They tend to go for guys with decent size, 6’4-6’6, and that weight 245+. The average RAS score from Thompson through Gutekunst is 6.08. They do like tight ends who can do a little of everything. With LaFleur, they have expanded to guys whow are 6’3 and have used them in the h-back role.

  • Jelani Woods – Virginia – 10
  • Daniel Bellinger – San Diego State – 9.66
  • *Jamal Pettigrew – McNeese State – 9.38
  • Andrew Ogletree – Youngstown State – 9.35 ( 3-cone )
  • Charlie Kolar – Iowa State – 9.11
  • Lucas Krull – Pittsburgh – 9.07
  • Ben Beise – Wisconsin-River Falls – 8.82 ( height )
  • Peyton Hendershot – Indiana – 8.4
  • Greg Dulcich – UCLA – 8.25
  • *Trey McBride – Colorado State – 8.2
  • Josh Babicz – North Dakota State – 8.14 ( 40 )
  • Austin Allen – Nebraska – 8.08
  • Zaire Mitchell – Florida Atlantic – 7.96
  • Seth Green – Houston – 7.84 ( weight )
  • Curtis Hodges – Arizona State – 7.39
  • Cole Turner – Nevada – 7.38
  • Chase Allen – Iowa State – 7.33
  • Jake Ferguson – Wisconsin – 6.75
  • Chigoziem Okonkwo – Maryland – 6.47 ( height, weight )

     

Similar with tight ends as with wide receivers, I expect Cade Otton, Jeremy Ruckert, and James Mitchell to be on the Packers draft board.

Offensive tackles

There are some differences in how the Packers scout their offensive tackles versus their interior offensive linemen with regards to things like arm length, and just athletic testing in general. They are a lot more forgiving on the interior versus outside.

Any offensive tackles who could end up at other positions will be noted after their RAS score, along with what their score would be at that position. The Packers tend to like their tackles with 33 1/4″ arms or longer and over 300 pounds, a 3-cone of 7.7 or faster, and a sub 5.2 40.

  • Matt Waletzko – North Dakota – 9.96
  • Trevor Penning – Northern Iowa – 9.95
  • Abraham Lucas – Washington State – 9.73
  • Zach Tom – Wake Forest – 9.59 (center: 10)
  • Tristen Taylor – Eastern Washington – 9.52
  • Ryan Van Demark – UConn – 9.44
  • Tanner Owen – Northwest Missouri State – 9.47
  • Blaise Andries – Minnesota – 9.30 (OG: 9.81)
  • Devin Cochran – Georgia Tech – 9.17
  • Tyler Smith – Tulsa – 8.77 ( OG: 9.62)
  • Logan Bruss – Wisconsin – 8.76 ( OG: 9.62 )
  • Chris Paul – Tulsa – 8.56 ( OG: 9.45)
  • Braxton Jones – Southern Utah – 8.44 ( short shuttle )
  • Uzo Osuji – Boise State – 8.35 ( short shuttle )
  • Lewis Kidd – Montana State – 8.05
  • Clayton Bradley – UNLV – 8 ( short shuttle, 3-cone )
  • Derek Kerstetter – Texas – 7.83
  • *Jean Delance – Florida – 6.77
  • *Spencer Burford – UTSA – 6.7

Interior offensive line

Similar to offensive tackles, the Packers have their standards. The difference is they are a little more forgiving on 40 times and arm length. Outside of three times in the past they have only taken guards with tackle experience. There will be some tackles on this list due to their short arms. Players with a (C) next to their names are primarily centers.

  • Bernard Raimann – Central Michigan – 9.97
  • Cole Strange – Chattanooga – 9.95
  • Cameron Jurgens (C) – Nebraska – 9.94
  • Kellen Diesch – Arizona State – 9.89
  • Sebastian Gutierrez – Minot State – 9.84
  • Nick Zakelj – Fordham – 9.83
  • Zion Johnson – Boston College – 9.75
  • Dawson Deaton (C) – Texas Tech – 9.7
  • Wesley French – Western Michigan – 9.65
  • Luke Wattenberg (C) – Washington – 9.59
  • Jake Dixon – Duquesne – 9.41 (3-cone )
  • Sean Rhyan – UCLA – 9.33
  • Derek Schwieger – Iowa State – 9.27
  • Zach Thomas – SDSU – 9
  • Denzel Okafor – Texas – 8.95
  • Dylan Parham (C) – Memphis – 8.52
  • Kody Russey (C) – Houston – 8.71 ( 3-cone )
  • Josh Seltztner – Wisconsin – 8.71
  • Zein Obeid – Ferris State – 8.53
  • Doug Kramer (C) – Illinois – 8.46 ( 3-cone )
  • Alec Lindstrom (C) – Boston College – 8.35
  • Josh Ezeudu – North Carolina – 8.32
  • Shamarious Gilmore – Georgia State – 8.2
  • Hayden Howerton – SMU – 8.06
  • Curtis Blackwell – Ball State – 8.05
  • Ja’Tyre Carter – Southern – 7.76 ( short shuttle )
  • Bobby DeHaro – UTEP – 7.9
  • Andrew Rupcich – Culver-Stockton – 7.72 ( short shuttle, 3-cone )
  • Cade Mays – Tennessee – 7.56