The Green Bay Packers held the 28th pick in the opening round of the NFL Draft. This was by virtue of their loss to the San Francisco 49ers in the Divisional Round of the playoffs. Along with this, the team also held the 59th selection in the second round. Adding to their pile of capital, the team traded star wide receiver Davante Adams to the Las Vegas Raiders in exchange for the 22nd and 53rd choices. With four picks over the first two days of the event, the franchise also made eight more selections over the course of the weekend. Needing to nail this draft to extend their championship window with Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay had needs at wide receiver, offensive line, tight end, and safety.
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Best Pick: Devonte Wyatt (Round 1, Pick 28)
Searching for an upgrade along the interior, the Packers have been looking for a running mate for Kenny Clark for multiple seasons. Furthermore, with Jarran Reed on a one-year deal, Dean Lowry is also set to enter the final year of his contract. Wyatt was a four-year player with the Georgia Bulldogs. He possesses the twitchiness and athleticism to rush the passer from multiple spots. Best suited as a three-technique at the pro level, the 24-year-old can also line up anywhere from a zero to a seven. Strong as a run defender, the one-time First-team All-SEC member can anchor at the point of attack while also being able to get off blocks and shoot gaps to make plays in the backfield.
For more on Wyatt, check out our scouting report on him.
Worst Pick: Quay Walker (Round 1, Pick 22)
Choosing to address the inside linebacker position with their first pick, Walker was a two-year starter for the Bulldogs. Offering significant length and athleticism, he is strong on run downs with his ability to flow to the ball and fill gaps. Along with this, he is also a good blitzer, with his straight-line speed, physicality, and motor from whistle to whistle. However, the 21-year-old will often struggle to diagnose and break down opposing schemes in coverage, causing him to be a second late on plays. With multiple positions of need on the roster, the Packers had more glaring holes to fill at the wide receiver spot and at safety, with Adrian Amos and Darnell Savage Jr both entering the final year of their respective deals.
For more on Walker, check out our scouting report on him.
Sleeper Pick: Kingsley Enagbare (Round 5, Pick 179)
Once lauded as a potential day two pick, Enagbare was uber-productive for the South Carolina Gamecocks. Earning First Team All-SEC honors a year ago, the 22-year-old finished with 15 sacks and 24 tackles for losses over his four years with the program. He has excellent length at 6’3 while also possessing a quick first step off the ball. Testing poorly at the NFL combine in March, the Atlanta, Georgia native ran a 4.96 40-yard dash while looking stiff in the agility drills. Offering tremendous value in the 5th round, he gives Green Bay more depth along their defensive line. Furthermore, Enagbare should also come in and challenge Tipa Galeai and Randy Ramsey immediately for the third edge spot in Joe Barry’s defense.
For more on Enagbare, check out our scouting report on him.
Green Bay is looking to extend their championship window after re-upping with Rodgers. With four picks inside the top 60, the team needed to find impact players who could immediately make their team better if they hoped to stay competitive in the NFC. Continuing to add talent to their defense with their first two selections in round one, both Wyatt and Walker are uber-athletic. Doubling down at the receiver position on day two as they look to find replacements for Adams and Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Watson has all the tools to morph into a go-to guy at the NFL level with a rare blend of height, weight, and speed. Furthermore, the team also addressed their depth on the offensive line by adding both Sean Rhyan and Zach Tom.
Overall Grade: B+
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