We’re digging in here at Game On Wisconsin. Digging into prospect film and digging our heels into the ground in preparation for the inevitable $hit$torm that is the NFL Draft. The Green Bay Packers aren’t even on the clock yet, but our hasty fans already have questions.
We round-up our draft gurus again and recruited your favorite bartender, Dan Kotnik.
What’s the earliest you see the Green Bay Packers selecting a defensive lineman?
If Christian Barmore is available at 29 I think they will pick him. The same goes for Levi O out of Washington.
Other than that, I hope the answer is not until Day 3. This DL class leaves a lot to be desired and there is no sense in picking a player just to say you picked one to fill a “need”.
Day 3. I would be shocked if Green Bay chose to use premium picks on what looks to be one of the worst defensive line classes in recent memory. While the “top” prospects certainly have their strengths, there are no sure bets in this class. This leaves Green Bay with the smartest option, in my opinion, being to wait and take a swing on a fun “traits” player who needs refinement but could have a high ceiling if developed well. Bobby Brown from Texas A&M is my favorite candidate for the role.
It all depends on how the board falls, but it wouldn’t be shocking to see them go defensive lineman in the first round. If Christian Barmore, the Alabama defensive tackle slides to the Packers at 29, he could be the pick as the Packers look to get Kenny Clark help upfront. Barmore has all the tools to develop into a disruptive force playing alongside Clark.
If it was up to me, they’d wait til after the draft. It’s been noted by many that this class isn’t loaded with talent. And with some kind of need at basically every other spot, along with serious depth at other position groups, I wouldn’t be upset if they didn’t spend any draft capital here. That said, depending on how the draft plays out, I think the earliest they start looking that way is late Day 2, more likely Day 3. Anything earlier, they’re taking a bit of a risk.
Would you prefer the Packers to select a safety or a slot corner early in the draft?
Why not both? Trevon Moehrig could be both of those things. So could Jevon Holland. Selecting either player would allow them to play around with Adrian Amos and Darnell Savage as well.
To answer the question specifically, I think the answer is safety. Asante Samuel Jr. would make me re-consider my answer if you want to call him a slot corner.
Give me the safety. Joe Barry’s defense is very reliant on versatile, smart safeties who can cover and contribute in the running game. I think the right candidates at safety for the Packers in the draft would be a player who can come down and handle the slot duties and be interchangeable with Darnell Savage and Adrian Amos. If Green Bay could hit on a dynamic safety in this draft with good versatility, opposed to a slot-specific corner, we could really see a significant improvement in what is already a very talented secondary.
Why not kill two birds with one stone? Players like Trevon Moehrig, Elijah Molden, and Jevon Holland could play both positions. Moehrig can play safety, which would allow Darnell Savage Jr to play nickel. Moehrig can also man the slot.
Molden is the best slot cornerback in this draft, but he also could play safety. Jevon Holland is listed at safety, but he was a bonafide slot cornerback at Oregon.
Safety and it’s all because of Joe Barry. There’s been a push to see Savage come down and play more in the box and it sounds like we might see more of that in Barry’s defense. Plus, I think there’s hope that some of the talent that’s been on this team for a few years and underperformed in the slot role (Chandon Sullivan, Josh Jackson) could see a turnaround in the new system. I’d rather take someone that lets Savage be our “Honey Badger” and rely on Barry to make it work with the guys he has.
Who is your favorite day-two fit at linebacker for Green Bay?
Jabril Cox and Jamin Davis if he’s there. Both players have the coverage ability and speed that Green Bay has lacked at linebacker since….. I was born. I think those are better options in terms of value than picking any of the linebackers that would be available to them in the first round. Take one of these guys at 62 or 92 and prosper.
This one is tough, but give me LSU’s Jabril Cox. Cox would be an immediate starter in this defense and could be the perfect complimentary running mate for the “bull in a china shop” that is Kamal Martin. Cox would add a dynamic coverage element in the short to intermediate middle of the field that Green Bay hasn’t seen since, well, a very long time ago.
The Packers have two thumpers at linebacker with Kamal Martin and Krys Barnes. If the Packers want to add a linebacker on day two, they should target Jabril Cox.
The LSU linebacker is one of the best coverage linebackers in this class and would pair nicely with either Martin or Barnes.
If Cox is there when the Packers are on the clock with the 62nd pick don’t be surprised if he’s the pick as the Packers look to get more production from the linebacker position in 2021.
Pete Werner. Some people on this site might call me a Buckeye homer, but I’ve spent the last 4 years watching him on Saturdays. He’s played every role as a linebacker; I’m pretty sure he filled the Gatorade as well, so it would give Joe Barry a piece that he could play in basically any package and he’d be able to hold his own. Werner most likely won’t end up as an All-Pro or anything and he’s a tad undersized, but he’d make an immediate impact on special teams and in certain packages as he develops into a potential starter.
If the Green Bay Packers select a wide receiver in round one, who should it be?
The only receiver I would pick in the first round – if I were Green Bay – is Rashod Bateman. When it comes to first-round picks, I think you need someone that can play on the boundary, which Bateman can do. He has the versatility to fit in the slot as well. He’s a good fit with Aaron Rodgers because of his ability to play in the scramble drill. Guys like that are harder to find than gadget players like KaDarius Toney or Rondale Moore.
Rashod Bateman. Bateman is the exact type of receiver Green Bay could use to improve the league’s number one offense, not only now, but in the future as well. Bateman steps in and is WR2 the moment his name is called in Cleveland, with serious upside of a true WR1 later down the road. His inside/outside versatility and elite route running give him a significant advantage over most of his peers when projecting his production as a rookie. Pairing this guy with Davante Adams would give the league’s defensive backs nightmares.
Kadarius Toney. The Florida Gators wide receiver is a YAC monster. He’s the human joystick. People will say Toney is just a gadget player. He’s so much more than that.
He improved as a route runner this past season. He would give Green Bay’s return game a shot in the arm. He can be used in a gadget-like role, but he would be a solid wide receiver two, playing alongside Davante Adams.
The Packers need a guy that can make things happen in space and put stress on the defense. Toney, in this offense, would be unfair to the rest of the league.
Obviously, this depends a lot on what happens ahead of them, but the guy I like is Terrace Marshall from LSU. He’s a versatile player who could follow the path of Davante Adams, getting to play second banana to a dominant number-one while developing into a number-one, himself.
He even resembles Davante as a prospect: good route running and ability to compete at the line of scrimmage, but will need to work through consistency issues. I know the thought is to get someone to play the slot/Randall Cobb role, but if you’re picking a WR early in this draft there’s a good chance he could be THE guy in a few years. I think Marshall has the skill set to be that guy in the right circumstance and I think that can be Green Bay.