Welcome to the weekly PPP mailbag here at Game On Wisconsin. Each week I’ll answer your questions regarding the Green Packers, Prospects, and Pale Ales.
Welcome one and all to the Packers-Prospects-Pale Ales mailbag. For those of you that follow me on Twitter (I’m sorry if you do) know that I love the NFL Draft, the Green Bay Packers, and beer.
Those are the three topics I’ll be talking about in what I hope becomes a weekly tradition here at Game On Wisconsin. So let’s crack a beer and get to those questions.
Draft – strongest position group thus far?
Packers – CB / DL / OL as need number 1?
Beer – help me find a tasty compromise that’s not bitter AF but also isn’t a loaf of bread in my glass, please?
— Eric Rose (@EricRose4) December 1, 2020
Eric, starting off the mailbag with a bang. Thanks for the question, Eric. I appreciate you.
The 2021 NFL Draft has no shortage of offensive weapons and talented cornerbacks. As for the strongest position group, it’s the wide receiver position.
In the 2020 NFL Draft, a record 13 wide receivers were selected in the first two rounds. The 2021 class has a chance to break that record.
There are the first-round talents, Ja’Marr Chase, Jaylen Waddle, DeVonta Smith, Rashod Bateman, Terrace Marshall, and Rondale Moore. Then there is the day two guys like Amon-Ra St. Brown, Tylan Wallace, Chris Olave, and Sage Surratt. There is a lot of premium talent to be had at the position in the first three rounds.
Then there are day three targets, like Reggie Roberson Jr and Justyn Ross. Both of whom likely would be selected in the first three rounds if it weren’t for injuries. The amount of talent at the position in this class is absurd. Brian Gutekunst has a real shot to restock the talent inside the wide receiver cupboard at 1265 Lombardi Avenue.
Now for the second question. I’d say the top need when the draft rolls around will be defensive line. The number one priority for Gutekunst this offseason is to get Kenny Clark some help up front.
I see you are from the Lone Star State. So that takes away local brews I’d advise you to try. However, for what you are asking for I’d suggest the Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. It’s got flavor, but it’s not overpowering.
Do you think Rondale Moore or Kadarius Toney could be draft options to upgrade the Tyler Ervin role?
— Joe at Work (@JoeAtWork87) December 2, 2020
Yes and yes. Rondale Moore is a YAC monster and an athletic freak. For more on him, check out my profile on the Purdue wide receiver. The one holdup with Moore is at 5’9″ he doesn’t fit Green Bay’s height thresholds.
Toney, Toney, Toney! I love me some Kadarius Toney. The Florida Gator’s wide receiver is a big-play waiting to happen. He’s a human joystick. A tackle-breaking machine and a YAC monster. If Toney somehow falls to Green Bay in the second round they should sprint to the podium.
This draft process will likely be a roller coaster for Packers fans. I think it's a good bet that they pass on a WR round one. What position do you think they go instead?
— Jake Schyvinck (@JakeNFLDraft) December 2, 2020
The last time the Green Bay Packers selected a wide receiver in the first round was when they picked Javon Walker with the 20th overall pick in the 2002 draft. That streak is likely to continue for another year.
In my latest mock, I have the Packers selecting Clemson cornerback, Derion Kendrick. Even if Kevin King is re-signed this offseason, the Packers may be in the market for another talented, young cornerback.
If not cornerback, maybe they draft an offensive tackle to eventually replace Billy Turner. Maybe they draft Corey Linsley’s replacement (hello Tyler Linderbaum). They could move Elgton Jenkins to center which opens up a possible need at guard.
It’s possible that they draft the best safety in the class (Trevon Moehrig). If the Packers decide to cut Preston Smith, it’s possible that they add an edge rusher to backup Rashan Gary and Za’Darius Smith. We’ve already mentioned that the defensive line is the most pressing need for the Packers.
All those factors lead me to believe that there is a 20 percent chance that the Packers select a wide receiver in the first round. My way too early guess is they take a wide receiver on day two of the draft and add another one on day three.
It is hard to project for who the Packers will be taking on def bc I am expecting a DC change so the scheme could change entirely but…
My latest draft crush is on Tulsa LB Zaven Collins. How would you feel about him on GB in the 1st rd? and where would you rank him amongst LBs
— Sam (@Sam__CT) December 1, 2020
Zaven Collins, the linebacker for Tulsa is currently my fifth rated linebacker. He’s behind Micah Parsons, Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, Nick Bolton, and Chazz Surratt.
As for the Green Bay Packers taking him in the first round? I don’t see that happening. Never say never. I just believe that the Packers will have more pressing needs and there will be better players available.
Collins is talented. He’s got sideline-to-sideline quickness and impacts the game in a variety of ways. From being a wrecking ball against the run or intercepting passes in coverage. I just don’t think we’ll hear the Packers calling his name in the first round.