Brian Gutekunst plan and vision for the roster during his tenure was made transparently through his first draft. A scouting report could be done for every pick with one word: Athlete. Lets first take a look at each, day one pick’s RAS. RAS stands Relative Athletic Score and was created by Kent lee Plate (@mathbomb). RAS is a scale that measures a player’s athleticism vs others at the same position, in an easy to understand scale of 1-10. Green is good. Anything in the 9’s is great. And as you can see all three picks are in the 9’s. There is a blend of speed, length, quickness and leaping ability. This coupled with last years 2nd round picks Kevin King and Josh Jones the Packers have a core of athletes on the back end of the defense. Not to mention veterans Clay Matthews and Nick Perry, who are tremendous athletes as well.
Now let’s look at day two, starting with the three wide receivers they chose: J’mon Moore (4th round/Missouri), Marques Valdes-Scantling (5th round/South Florida) and Equanimeous St. Brown (6th round-Norte Dame). Both are great athletes but they are so for different reasons. Moore is not fast. But he makes up for that by being tall at 6′ 2 5/8″ and crazy agile. His 3-Cone time was the best amongst Wide Receivers at the combine and was better than all but a few DB’s. Meanwhile, Valdez-Scantling is very tall and very fast while being quicker than average. And St. Brown is even taller while being fast as well.
Even the two 7th round defensive picks have high marks athletically: James Looney Interior Defensive Lineman from California and Kendall Donnerson, EDGE rusher from Southeast Missouri.
Even the long snapper Hunter Bradley is an athlete with a 40 time of 4.78.
Gutekunst’s top two free agent signings this year were Jimmy Graham and Muhammed Wilkerson. Wilkerson is extremely agile with Graham is freakish athletically. It is obvious now why he was eager to get rid of Nelson as opposed to Cobb who still displays agility; He doesn’t fit his overall vision for the team. He wants the team to be faster, taller, quicker and be able to jump higher than the anyone else. An athlete still needs to know how to be a football player, but other things equal, the more athletic the better.
While All drafts cant be adequately judged until two or three years after the fact, Gutenkunst acted like a true pro in his very first draft. He has shown vision and confidence by drafting with a purpose. On defense having Pettine, plus two rookie corners, plus Tramon Williams plus Wilkerson, plus new speedy linebacker, and most importantly MINUS Dom Capers, the defense is better. Significantly better. While on offense the team is taller, faster and quicker. He also used day two picks to draft three special teamers, in a Punter, a Long Snapper and a Gunner. And he obtained the Saints 1st round pick next year. He clearly had a plan and executed it.
Originally from Glidden Wisconsin, Jason Straetz is a lifelong Packers\' fan, who has lived in Maine for over 30 years. He is a writer for packerstalk.com. You can follow him on Twitter: @jsnstz