Grading the 2017 Draft Class

Green Bay’s offseason is officially underway after a monstrosity of a performance in Detroit. Adam Shefter already leaked that Dom Capers will presumably be carrying a cardboard box into his office on Monday.

With yesterday’s loss to Detroit, draft season is officially upon us. Green Bay will have their highest pick since 2009 when they selected BJ Raji ninth overall. A coin flip between them and the Redskins will determine if they select 13th or 14th.

Green Bay’s front office will begin looking forward to the 2018 season, but not before some reflection. Based on individual performances and the dissection of film, some Packers will not be returning next season. Others may play a larger or reduced role.

Here are my grades for the Packers’ 2017 draft picks:

Round 2 Pick 33- CB Kevin King 

Grade: Incomplete

King failed to record his first career interception, but he did play his way into being the Packers top cover corner. The competition was thin, though it was impressive to see from a rookie that the team traded back for. King was limited to nine games because of a nagging shoulder that needed surgery. I believe cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt Jr. spoke candidly when he praised King for his potential. “I know what he can be, but with him not being able to throw that arm — he has a chance to be a really, really good player. You haven’t really seen the real Kevin King yet,” Whitt said. Hence the incomplete.

Round 2 Pick 61- S Josh Jones 

Grade: C

Before the season started Jones was the rookie everyone was buzzing about. His speed and size were unparalleled. After the third game vs Cincinnati he made us all believers. Jones had 12 tackles and two sacks as he flew around the field making plays for most of the game. This game proved to be an outlier as he never sustained this prowess. Inexperience weighed Jones down as the season progressed. Too often he was caught out of position in coverage or not picking up on pre-snap signals from other defensive backs. A pop-fly interception from DeShone Kizer was his only pick of the season. And honestly, the only memorable play he made after week three.

Round 3 Pick 93- DT Montravius Adams 

Grade: D

It was difficult to give Adams a grade due to a small sample size. A stress fracture in his foot kept him out until week three and from then on he was on and off the injury report. In six games he played 56 snaps and made two tackles. Adams needs to get healthy and prove he has a place on this team before he becomes another Ted Thompson blunder.

Round 4 Pick 108- LB Vince Biegel

Grade: C-

Biegel is another mid round ‘gem’ that fell by the wayside. It was not until week nine that we even got to see him on the field. He spent half the season on the PUP list nursing a fracture in his foot. When he finally became healthy, he showed little to no flashes. Through eight games he finished with 14 tackles. This is not what I expected from an edge rusher that was supposed to outplay Kyler Fackrell.

Round 4 Pick 134- RB Jamaal Williams 

Grade: A

Williams is one of the few Packers who appeared in all 16 games. After starting out on special teams, Williams came out of nowhere week 10 in Chicago. His pad level and ability to gain yards after contact were not things he made apparent during preseason. Williams finished as the Packers leading rusher while also proving to be effective as a pass catcher. He should begin 2018 as RB1.

Round 5 Pick 175- WR Deangelo Yancey 

Grade: Incomplete

Yancey made it to the last day of roster cuts, but was inevitably let go. He was signed to the practice squad the very next day. Because he was never actually activated from the practice squad he gets an incomplete.

Round 5 Pick 182- RB Aaron Jones 

Grade: B

If Jones never got hurt we may have never seen what Williams is capable of. Jones proved he is a good change of pace runner, but needs to show he can catch the ball out of the backfield. In 12 games he averaged 5.5 yards per carry. He will get plenty of opportunities in the future, but he is behind Williams on the depth chart.

Round 6 Pick 212- OT Kofi Amichia 

Grade: Incomplete

Amichia spent the entire season on the Packers practice squad. He will need a strong showing in the 2018 preseason to make an NFL roster.

Round 7 Pick 238- RB Devante Mays 

Grade: F

Mays was a longshot to make the 2017 roster, but earned a spot thanks to a strong preseason. He finally got his first carry in week 11 and it resulted in a fumble. He got his second carry in the same game and fumbled that as well. He finished the season fumbling two out of three carries. It’s safe to say I would be surprised to see him in a Packers uniform again.

Round 7 Pick 247- WR Malachi Dupre

Grade: Incomplete

Following the preseason, Dupre signed to the Bills practice squad. He was activated to the active roster on December 26th, but did not appear in the final game. It is unlikely that Dupre will get another shot as a Packer.

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Brandon Carwile was a cheese head at birth. His dad grew up attending games at Lambeau and passed on the legacy. Brandon graduated from Longwood University in 2016 with a degree in mass media. He has covered the Packers for over a year and currently works with packerstalk.com. Find him on twitter at @BShmee.

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  • Pandabucks

    Aaron Jones will be the feature back next season, not Jamaal Williams.

  • BAMA BADGER

    2017 looks like another TT bust draft.

  • Nick Perry

    WOW……Disheartening to say the least. Well at least we still have a few more years of Rodgers. The new GM will have A LOT to clean up after Thompson. No TE, slow WR, a new right side to the O-Line, a pass rush, a decent backup QB, and a yet another CB or two.