Day three of the NFL Draft is rarely as exciting as the two previous days but for the Green Bay Packers, it’s shaping up to be a wild ride.
The Packers already filled three of their biggest needs and have 6 picks remaining. They’re primed to take advantage of a big board that still has plenty of talent available. Before we preview day three, however, let’s take a quick look at what the Green Bay Packers did yesterday.
Josh Myers – C, Ohio St
The Packers got their man in the middle, as Brennen Rupp put it, selecting Josh Myers at pick 30 in round 2 – 62nd overall. Myers, the center out of Ohio St looks to have a prominent day-one role on the Packers’ offensive line.
Before we dive in, I have to mention the elephant in the room. The Packers selected Myers with Creed Humphrey still on the board. Humphrey had some dominant seasons with Oklahoma and was looked at by many as the top center prospect in this draft class. He also re-set the RAS market at the center position.
However, Humphrey struggled with leverage at the pivot and was looked at by many as more of a guard than a center prospect. He had some bust potential at center which may have been the determining factor for the Green Bay Packers. Josh Myers is a big-framed center that also has some guard projection but he showed a much more bendy core and lower body.
Josh Myers played all 1,511 snaps at Center in college.
— PFF GB Packers (@PFF_Packers) May 1, 2021
He should be able to control the nose consistently in the run game. Myers also improved significantly as a pass-blocker throughout his time in Columbus. He keeps his head on a swivel and has a great feel for blitzes and pass rush combos.
He’ll need to improve his hand technique to stall pass-rushers and finish blocks in the run-game. However, Myers has a great frame for the center position and the natural athleticism to be a very solid starting center in the NFL.
I only had a fourth-round grade on Myers but all the traits are there. I’m a fan of the phrase “go get your guy”. The Green Bay Packers did exactly that by selecting Josh Myers at 62nd overall.
Amari Rodgers – WR, Clemson
After trading ahead of the Minnesota Vikings, the Green Bay Packers finally got their wide receiver. Amari Rodgers was their guy at pick 22 in the third round – 85th overall.
Rodgers is a slot receiver with a thick running back build – 5’ 9 1/2”, 212 lbs. At that height and with only 30 3/8” arms, its accurate to say that Rodgers does not have the biggest catch radius. That limited him at the catch point in college and those struggles are sure to translate to the next level.
But we’re not talking about an X-receiver, we’re talking about the Packers starting Z-receiver with amazing hands and fantastic run-after-catch ability. Rodgers is sure to break some games open both because of his RAC skills and his ability to simply get open.
Welcome to Green Bay, Amari Rodgers🔥
— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) May 1, 2021
He’s dominant in the short and intermediate and consistently sees the hole in zone coverage. When plays break down Rodgers will be the guy that the other Rodgers will target.
He’ll be on the receiving end of jet sweeps and screens in the Tyer Ervin role, while also operating out of the slot in three-wide sets. He’ll compete for WR2 status with Allen Lazard. With the Green Bay Packers, there’s a path to 10+ touches per game for Rodgers. That’s some awesome value in the third round.
After trading up for Amari Rodgers in the third round, the Green Bay Packers have six picks remaining.
Round 4 – Pick 142
Round 5 – Pick 173
Round 5 – Pick 178
Round 6 – Pick 214
Round 6 – Pick 220
Round 7 – Pick 256
There’s a depth of talent still available and top players at almost every single position group. Here’s my top-ten of the players still remaining.
1. Tylan Wallace – WR, Oklahoma St
2. Trey Smith – IOL, Tennessee
3. Jabril Cox – LB, LSU
4. Amon-Ra St. Brown – WR, USC
5. Daviyon Nixon – IDL, Iowa
6. Kenneth Gainwell – RB, Memphis
7. Jamie Newman – QB, Georgia
8. Michael Carter – RB, North Carolina
9. Hamsah Nasirildeen – LB/S, Florida St
10. Stone Forsythe – OT, Florida
There are holes that still need to be addressed by the Green Bay Packers – defensive line, linebacker, and slot corner/safety are the most glaring. Let’s break down some of the top players remaining at each position.
The Green Bay Packers listened to us in regards to the defensive Line position. It’s a weak class and only a handful of IDLs have been selected so far. There is a ton of day-three value still on the board, however, highlighted by Tommy Togiai, Daviyon Nixon, and Bobby Brown III.
Tommy Togiai – Ohio St
Daviyon Nixon – Iowa
Bobby Brown III – Texas A&M
Marvin Wilson – Florida St
Khyiris Tonga – BYU
Tyler Shelvin – LSU
Jay Tufele – USC
Tedarrell Slaton – Florida
Marlon Tuipulotu – USC
Togiai is a beast that’s capable of adding value to any run defense, something the Green Bay Packers should be interested in. There was talk of Nixon being drafted in the first so the fact that he’s still available in the fourth is a bit of a shocker.
Brown has gap versatility and serious pass-rush potential. The same can be said of Khyiris Tonga who was a man amongst boys playing in the WAC. Marvin Wilson is a big of an enigma when you compare his 2019 and 2020 seasons but has already proven that he can play at a high level.
The remaining prospects don’t necessarily project to every-down roles but can contribute at a high level against the run.
At linebacker, the cupboard is bit thinner than it is at defensive line. Almost a dozen have been selected already but there are still talented players available.
Jabril Cox – LSU
Dylan Moses – Alabama
Cameron McGrone – Michigan
Isaiah McDuffie – Boston College
KJ Britt – Auburn
Garrett Wallow – TCU
Jabril Cox is my top remaining linebacker available, and frankly, it isn’t close. Cox is a great athlete and has already found a niche as a coverage specialist. He needs work in run defense but he’d play a role that the Green Bay Packers need to fill.
Dylan Moses scares me. He’s had success as a pass-rusher but has been awful in coverage and against the run. Cameron McGrone is probably the most interesting prospect sill available. He played fine for Michigan but looks like he could be a better pro in the right system.
Isaiah McDuffie is in the same mold as McGrone but is a bit more of a long-shot. KJ Britt is a thumper that would’ve had more success playing in the 1980s. Wallow is the field general type that lacks the athleticism needed to be a great linebacker at the next level.
Slot Corner / Safety
There is a huge pool of talent still available at the slot corner/ safety position. Ill keep it short and sweet to save you a couple hours.
Kary Vincent Jr
Hamsah Nasirildeen Projects to a box safety role at the next level. He’s my top available player in this position group. Jamar Johnson is the center fielder that would allow the Packers to play with Darnell Savage.
Shaun Wade looks like a starting-caliber slot corner. Kary Vincent Jr and Shemar Jean-Charles could also play that role but need a little development before I’m comfortable starting them in that role.
Talanoa Hufanga is another box safety that made huge plays for USC but may not have the movement skills to do the same in the NFL. Trill Williams is an insanely athletic defensive back whose role at the next level is a bit of an unknown right now.