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 Green Bay Packers Draft Review


Team Needs: ILB, OLB, OT


Selections:


Rd 1. 27 Kenny Clark DT UCLA

Rd 2. 48 Jason Spriggs OT Indiana

Rd 3. 88 Kyler Fackrell LB Utah State

Rd 4. 131 Blake Martinez ILB Stanford

Rd 4. 137 Dean Lowrey DE Northwestern

Rd 5. 163 Trevor Davis WR Cal

Rd 6. 200 Kyle Murphy OT Stanford


Recap:

Green Bay puts together solid draft classes, perhaps better than any other front office. The Packers understand what kind of players fit their scheme and consistently draft accordingly. That’s the reason that the Kenny Clark selection was less surprising to me than others. Clark doesn’t play like a 3-4 nose tackle, nor does he necessarily fit the 3-4 end but he plays a physical and consistent game and the Packers, no doubt, will adjust their scheme to fit his talents. Jason Spriggs was a great value pick in the second round. The Indiana product is an excellent pass blocking tackle that will get a year to add some bulk and watch some film before playing every down. Kyler Fackrell is a perfect fit for Green Bay. Fackrell plays with an edge and a consistency that will fit right in the Packers linebacking corps. Blake Martinez is another high effort player but as an inside linebacker he is more of a downhill force than a sideline to sideline guy. Dean Lowrey is built to play end in a 3-4 and is, yet another, high motor player for Green Bay. Trevor Davis only saw a year of playing time at Cal but he wowed scouts with his measurables at the combine. WIth Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb entrenched Davis will be able to learn for a year, fill in on some sub-packages, and push Davante Adams for playing time in 2017. Kyle Murphy is a big bodied tackle that is best suited against the run. He does have the length to become a good pass protector though, and again, the Packers will not be needing him to play immediately.

Analysis:

  1. The Packers have four offensive linemen in the final year of their contracts. They now have the flexibility to let the tackles walk instead of overpaying them. Both Murphy and Spriggs can start if needed but both will benefit from a year on the bench, meaning Green Bay will likely not see a demonstrable drop off in offensive line play should they lose a few starters to free agency.

  2. The Packers took 4 defensive players. Each of them is known for being high effort players.

  3. One thing the Packers absolutely do better than other teams is develop late round, or undrafted, receivers. It isn’t difficult to imagine Trevor Davis being the next in a long line of very good receivers developed by Green Bay.

Grade: B+


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