NFL Draft: Thoughts On Packers Day 3 Picks

Finally, my thoughts on the Green Bay Packers day 3 picks from the NFL draft are here! The Packers had two picks in the 4th, one in the 5th (that they traded down), and four in the 7th. Below are my thoughts on every day 3 pick. If you haven’t already, check out my thoughts on the teams day one and day two picks. Now, let’s get to the show!

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Packers NFL Draft Day 3: Picks and Analysis

Romeo Doubs:

Romeo Doubs is a player who I had as a fit for the Packers way back on October. He has the size, physicality, and speed they like. He also showed flashes of the blocker that he could be at Nevada, occasionally burying defenders while blocking. Other times he would look either unsure of his assignment or unengaged. While he ran mostly deep routes at Nevada, when he was given a chance to run other routes he showed that he could and the potential was there for him to get better.

I had Doubs projected as a 3rd round pick, but he wasn’t able to work out at the combine or Nevada’s pro day due to an illness. He did have a private workout later where he reportedly ran in the 4.47-4.52 range. On film he looks closer to 4.47 — maybe even faster. He has speed and he knows how to get deep. An underrated part of his game is his ability to get YAC, or yards after the catch. He may not be a YAC monster, but he can get yards with physicality and his sneaky agility.

As far as a rookie, he projects to be the #4 or #5 receiver. He should also compete for the punt return job and maybe the kick return job, too. He also helps bring speed to the offense that has been lacking. Even Matt LaFleur mentioned this in his pre-draft press conference. Doubs also brings the big, strong body type the Packers like. If he improves his short and intermediate routes, he has #2 receiver potential. You could even consider him more pro-ready today than Watson.

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Zach Tom:

Zach Tom was one of the most Packers offensive linemen in the draft. He brings versatility to the field, having started two seasons at center and two seasons at left tackle — something you rarely see. He doesn’t have the greatest size at 6’4 304 with 33 1/4″ arms, but that has never been something to scare off the Packers.

The most important thing to them is movement skills; especially agility drills. Tom tested out elite in those categories. He does lack a bit of an anchor, and his body looks mostly filled out. That shows up on film where you can see him getting bull rushed at times. However, his feet and his ability to mirror are on another level. He held down Jermaine Johnson, who was destroying every one.

I would expect Tom to get a shot pretty much everywhere, maybe even left tackle. I do expect him to settle in at guard and center. Kind of like Lucas Patrick, but a better athlete on the field and he could back up at tackle as well. He reminds me a little of former Packer center Mike Flanagan.

Flanagan was 6’5″ 295-ish and was long, with a thin frame and not much of an anchor. He would get bull rushed on occasion, but was so quick and technical that he gave defensive linemen fits. He also was able to kick out to left tackle for a few games with Chad Clifton was injured. That is the kind of role Tom could have on the roster.

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Kingsley “JJ” Enagbare:

Kingsley or “JJ” Enagbare is a player who never produced big sacks numbers , but always produced pressures. He had 45 pressures in 2021 alone. Enagbare also had 24 in a shortened eight-game season in 2020.

He has good size at 6’4″ 258 pounds with long 34 3/4″ arms. While his 40 speed is on the slow side, his short area burst or explosion is very good on film. JJ, as he is known, also shows very heavy hands on film. He will knock back blockers with his strong hands. He still has some rawness to him. His pass rush moves and counters need improvement. Kingsley does set a good edge, though.

As as rookie, I would expect him to man the #3 edge rusher spot to give Rashan Gary and Preston Smith a break. He will probably also end up on some special teams. If he can hone his craft and work hard at it, he could develop into a starter down the road. He will probably never be a big sack guy, but should be a good all-around edge defender.

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Tariq Carpenter:

Tariq Carpenter is an interesting study. He played only safety at Georgia Tech, but has the size of a linebacker. He has the speed of a safety, but not the agility. Carpenter is kind of in middle. Even though his agility testing wasn’t great, because his speed and explosion testing were so good he still tested out as a elite athlete. Carpenter did give up 12 touchdown passes and allowed a completion percentage of 71 in his career at Georgia Tech. So it is probably best he moves to linebacker, which LaFleur has seemed to indicate.

This pick was a pure Rich Bisaccia pick. He will be a special teamer, and that’s about it. He is just a big, fast, strong athlete. The former Yellow Jacket may be able to develop into a decent #3 linebacker. If so, that’s just a bonus to what they expect out of him. Carpenter may even be able to develop into a nickel backer.

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Jonathan Ford:

Jonathan Ford is a pure nose tackle. 6’5″ 335 pounds plus with poor athletic testing. He is big and strong, and can clog up the middle. Career wise he was a disappointment at Miami. He started for three seasons but had little impact. He has three sacks in 2019 and none the rest of his career.

There were whispers of him being lazy and unmotivated. His poor testing points to that to an extent, because he doesn’t look sloppy. Maybe going so late in the draft will motivate him to work hard? We will see.

He doesn’t fit on this roster as a rookie. Even if he works his butt off, there is almost no room for him on the roster. The Packers already have three guys who can play nose tackle in Kenny Clark, Jarran Reed, and TJ Slaton. Plus, there’s Dean Lowry, Jack Heflin, and the recently drafted Devante Wyatt. The Packers use a lot of two DL packages, so there is not a need for four nose tackles. Especially not one who offers nothing as a pass rusher.

They usually keep either five or six defensive linemen. If they keep a sixth, it will be someone who can play some 4i or even 5-tech, not a 0-tech/nose tackle. He will be stashed on the practice squad with the hopes he can develop and make the roster in 2023.

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Rasheed Walker:

Early on in the process, Rasheed Walker was looking like a mid-round pick with some developmental potential. However, he didn’t play well in 2021, and also had an injury that hampered him and that didn’t allow him to work out at the combine or Penn State’s pro day.

Walker started three seasons at left tackle for Penn State. He gave up 26 pressures this past season, and seems to really struggle with speedy/bendy edge rushers. But in 2020 he only gave up 14. So, the knee injury probably did affect him some in 2021. He has great size at almost 6’6 313 pounds with 33 5/8″ arms.

The former Nittany Lion seems to have some similarities to Yosh Nijman. He was a multi-season starter at tackle for a major program. He has great size and good athleticism, with a lot of potential — but his technique is a mess. Walker is probably going to need a year or two on the practice squad to clean it up. But, due to Green Bays lack of depth at tackle, he probably makes the roster as a “redshirt”. He could back up right tackle and could be cross-trained for guard. I don’t see him being able to play left tackle long-term or as a starter in the NFL.

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Samori Toure:

Samori Toure was a transfer from Montana where he had 1,400 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2019. His 2020 season was lost due to COVID. He transferred to Nebraska for the 2021 season. Toure put up 896 yards and five touchdowns, which doesn’t sound like a lot but Nebraska is still a very run oriented offense, so the fact that he was able to put up those numbers in that offense — with not a very good quarterback — speaks to his skill level.

Toure also averaged 19.5 yards per catch. 80% of his snaps he lined up in the slot, but he can play outside. He has average size at 6’1″, 191 and looks like he could maybe add a few pounds to his frame. He has struggled some with getting off press coverage. That is something he will have to work on, along with getting stronger in the upper body. Athletically overall, he is average to slightly above average. The former Husker also has some special teams experience, which is a plus.

Toure probably doesn’t make the roster as long as everyone ahead of him can stay relatively healthy. He has kind of a redundant skill set right now, with there already being two slot receivers on the roster and Allen Lazard who sees snaps there as well. Until he can get stronger I don’t think they can trust him outside.

Toure has Sammy Watkins, Lazard, Randall Cobb, Amari Rodgers, Christian Watson, and Doubs ahead of him on the depth chart. LaFleur rarely keeps more than six receivers on the roster. He would need to show he could come in and play special teams and possibly be a returner. Even still, it’s more likely he spends a season on the practice squad. Eventually, though, he could develop into a solid #3/slot receiver.

NFL Draft: Thoughts on Packers Day Two Picks

The Packers went all defense on day one and now seemed to switch on day two and go all offense. The Packers again exclusively took players from my offensive draft board. So, lets get to my thoughts on the Packers day two picks!

I will give my thoughts on the picks and what the probable plan for them is, and how they will fit the Packers offense. My day one thoughts are here as well. You also can find a list of their draft picks here.

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Christian Watson:

The Packers traded away both their second round picks — #53 and #58 — to get up to #34 for Christian Watson. If you go by the Rich Hill chart, the Packers gave up 197 points to get to #34 which is worth just 175. So, the Packers obviously overpaid. Not a huge overpay, but an overpay regardless. My point is that is a lot to give up for a player who is probably two years away from being a significant contributor to the offense.

It doesn’t make a lot of sense for a team in win now mode. If Green Bay was in a rebuild then that would be okay, but they aren’t. There is some bust potential associated with Watson. The player who he plays a lot like is Marquez Valdes-Scantling.

He is not, I repeat not Deboo Samuel. They are completely different players with different skill sets. Just because he did some things at NDSU that the 49ers do with Deebo does not mean he is a similar type player. He also dropped seven balls in 2020, but cut it to four in 2021. If they had drafted a player who was more pro-ready, say an Alec Pierce, or had even kept Davante Adams then you could let him develop.

Now, on to how he will fit into the offense. He is very raw as a route runner and played in a very simple offense for receivers where they did not have to make a lot of sight adjustments or things like that. So, I expect the Packers to bring him a long slowly.

Day one he walks in he is the best kick returner on the roster. He will return kicks and be the best kick returner they have had in a very long time. They will try to find ways to get him the ball, mostly on slugo, post, and, fade routes. Maybe some crossers. Expect him to end up around fourth in snaps and with numbers similar to MVS’s rookie season. We may still see Green Bay add another vet, and probably at least one more draft pick.

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Sean Rhyan:

Sean Rhyan was a little bit of a surprise pick. Luke Butkis recently said in his press conference that they wanted to bring in a couple more tackles. While Rhyan started three seasons at left tackle at UCLA, he is destined for guard in the NFL.

He has 32 1/2″ arms. Ideally a tackle has 34″ arms, but the Packers have shown they will go under it. Specifically Bryan Bulaga had the shortest arms of any tackle drafted by Green Bay since Ted Thompson. Bulaga though had 33 1/4″ arms. Will the Packers cross train him at tackle and guard? Yes. But guard will be his primary position.

Even though he tested out as an elite athlete for a guard (9.35 RAS), he doesn’t play up to his testing. He is not a terrible athlete on film. Rhyan moves well, just not as well as his testing suggests. Off his film you would think he was a 7.75-ish RAS guy. But he is big, mean, and strong. The former Bruin is a good run blocker and improving pass blocker. Kavon Thibodaux did give him trouble this past season. He allowed 13 pressures and one sack in 2021.

Offensive linemen who are taken early usually are penciled in as starters as a rookie. I would expect the same with Rhyan. They will probably let him, Yosh Nijman, Cole Van Lanen, and Royce Newman battle it out for the right guard and right tackle spots in camp, but it’s just a formality. Rhyan will start at right guard and Newman will be a swing offensive lineman.

I would expect there to be growing pains like any rookie starting offensive lineman. But, he should provide a more physical presence than Newman, who even though his arms are short looked better at right tackle than guard at Ole Miss. I expect Rhyan to develop into a high level guard, probably similar to a Josh Sitton-type player.

NFL Draft: Thoughts on Packers First Round Picks

My thoughts on the Packers first round picks. So to start off, I was wrong. I never thought they would draft an off-ball linebacker in the first round. As we all know they haven’t done that since AJ Hawk. I thought there was a good chance they would draft one. I just didn’t think it would be in the first. Both players were on my Packers board. I will also have full scouting reports up for Quay Walker and Devonte Wyatt tomorrow.

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Quay Walker:

Obviously most people were surprised by the pick. There had been rumblings the last week or so that he would end up as the first linebacker drafted. But no one thought it would be to the Packers in the first round. Then yesterday we started seeing mock drafts with the Packers drafting him, and it was a number of “connected” people within the draft community.

It was thought that it might mean something. The Packers under Ted Thompson really had no value on linebackers. Brian Gutekunst seemed to follow this with only drafting Oren Burks in the 3rd round, and no other linebackers on day one or two. So, there is another threshold of Ted that he broke. He did stick to their athleticism thresholds though.

Now to Quay Walker as a player. He has some similarities to Eric Stokes in that he is super athletic, came out as a junior, and was seen as a player who is still a little raw and needs some work before he reaches his potential. He should team with De’Vondre Campbell to form a very highly athletic duo while he develops. I wouldn’t be surprised if he shared those duties with Krys Barnes early on. This will also allow them to use a lot more base defense, especially if he can show solid coverage skills.

He shows a lot of hustle on film, and is always around the ball. Those are good qualities to start with. He might even play special teams early on, where he could be a demon. This pick also puts a limit on how long Campbell will be in Green Bay. If Walker develops as hoped, then I don’t see Campbell being a Packer for more than two more years. Walker then takes over as a lead guy.

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Devonte Wyatt:

The Packers traded away one Devonte — or in this case, Davante — and draft another. Wyatt was always one of my favorite defensive linemen in this draft. He fit the Packers almost to a T, except of course the age issue. The former Bulldog can team with Kenny Clark to form an elite due that can both stop the run and rush the passer.

He also adds a complement to Clark as a pass rusher, with Wyatt winning with his explosion, speed, and agility versus Clark’s leverage, strength, and drive. Clark is seen as a “slow burn” pass rusher, whereas Devonte wins fast/quick. He immediately becomes the second-best defensive lineman on the roster. Early on he will probably rotate with Jarran Reed. That is something the Packers like to do. They like to bring their rookies a long slowly as the season goes.

Wyatt does have the off-field issues that popped up recently, even though they were from 2020 and were in the news. Some people just read the headlines and automatically assumed he beat his girlfriend or something like that. But if you read the report it wasn’t that type of thing.

Was he in the wrong? 100% and it should have never happened, but he didn’t hurt any one or point a gun at anyone. People do make mistakes, and the Packers tend to lean conservative when it comes to off-field issues with draft picks. So if they gave him the go ahead, I have full confidence in Gutekunst that it was just a dumb mistake made by a young kid. I also expect the Packers to have him on a “short leash” and told him as much.

Final Thoughts:

While I personally would have drafted a Tyler Smith or a Jermaine Johnson over Walker, I understand why the Packers took him in the first round. Of course, I love the Wyatt pick and think he will have the bigger impact in year one and could even have a bigger impact in year two, as well. Walker will be the Packers future at inside linebacker with Campbell turning 30 soon and the Packers not usually keeping guys past 30. I won’t give this draft a grade. Its three years too soon, but I will say so far I like it!

Will they now be called the Green Bay Bulldogs? If they draft George Pickens tomorrow, they might!

Packers Board For The 2022 NFL Draft Defense

Rashan Gary, the top player on defense on the Packers draft board in 2015
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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
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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