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 discussing in this weekly PPP mailbag. With that, let’s crack a beer and get to those questions.
Packers: you’re the GM – Russ Ball says you have the $ – do you sign Allen Robinson or Kenny Golladay
Prospects: assuming no Jones/Williams next year, who’s your draft complement to AJ?
Pale Ale – explain to me the allure of these sour fruit beers… I don’t get it
— Eric Rose (@EricRose4) December 29, 2020
That’s a tough question. It be an easier question if money played a role in the decision. If money were a problem you’d have to roll with Kenny Golladay simply because he battled the injury bug this season and may be a tad cheaper. It could also be a situation where he looks to sign a one-year deal and ball out and then cash in with a big contract.
Since money isn’t an option the answer has to be Allen Robinson right? Look at what he did this past season playing for the Chicago Bears and that black hole of an offense. A-Rob caught 102 receptions for 1,250 yards and six touchdowns. The previous season he caught 98 passes for 1,147 yards.
In this make-believe land scenario, Adams and Robinson would form the best wide receiver duo in football. Hand Rodgers another MVP trophy.
There are a lot of potential targets, including the best running back in the class Clemson’s Travis Etienne. I touched on the Packers possibly targeting ACC’s all-time leading rusher last week. Check it out.
A player that the Packers could target on day three is UCLA’s Demetric Felton. The Bruin back finished the shortened season with 668 rushing yards and reeled in 22 receptions for 159 yards and three touchdowns. In 2019 Felton set a program record for receptions by a running back. He recorded 55 receptions for 594 yards and four touchdowns.
Felton is one of the best pass-catching backs in the country. According to Pro Football Focus, Felton forced 42 missed tackles and was responsible for 29 gains of 10-plus yards.
As for the sour beers, I don’t get the craze. However, sour beers were my wife’s go-to beers when we went to breweries before the COVID-19 pandemic. People like what they like I guess. I’ll just stick with my Pale Ales and Hazy IPAs.
What position do we go with in rounds 1, 2 and 3?
— Rodrigo Orvañanos (@Rod_Orvananos) December 28, 2020
In my latest three-round mock draft I had the Packers going defensive line, cornerback, and wide receiver with their first three picks. If I were a betting man that would be my early prediction on what positions the Packers address in the first three rounds when the 2021 NFL Draft rolls around.
The Packers desperately need to get Kenny Clark help up front. I’ll touch on two players the Packers could target in the first round later on in this mailbag.
With Kevin King likely on his way out the Packers will likely be looking to address the cornerback position early in 2021. Even if King is back they could still look to add to the position early this season. The good news for the Packers is that this year’s cornerback class and next year’s class are good ones.
As for wide receiver, the Packers have shown that they can be a dynamic and efficient offense without a ton of talented wide receivers. I still think they’ll look to address the position in the first three rounds in the upcoming draft.
What CB’s and DT’s would be a good fit in Green Bay in the draft?
— Brandon Gagnon (@realredwebster) December 28, 2020
Derion Kendrick, the Clemson cornerback just seems like a future Green Bay Packer. Kendrick came to Clemson as a wide receiver and has quickly taken to the cornerback position.
In just his second season playing the position, he’s turned into a lockdown cornerback. According to Pro Football Focus, Kendrick has only allowed 105 yards in coverage In eight games this season.
Elijah Molden, the outstanding slot cornerback for Washington is another name to keep tabs on throughout the draft process. Molden is one of the best slot cornerbacks in college football and also showed off his versatility this season by playing some safety for the Huskies.
As for the defensive line, Alabama’s Christian Barmore is who I had the Packers taking in the first round in my latest mock draft.
Barmore is a disruptive force for the Crimson Tide. In the last five games, Barmore has recorded 18 tackles and five sacks. He checks all the boxes with his size and athletic ability.
Iowa’s Daviyon Nixon is another defensive lineman that the Packers could target in the first round. Nixon, a JUCO transfer had a breakout season for the Hawkeyes in 2020. Nixon finished the season with 13.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks. Those numbers helped him take home Big 10 Defensive Player of the Year Honors.