Winners and Losers After 2 Days of the Packers Draft

It’s been a couple of interesting days for the Packers, and Ted Thompson’s Christmas arrived Thursday night. The NFL Draft is through two of the three days in which teams pick from the best college players, and the Pack has come away with three young men who each can make an impact.

But with every draft pick comes a player who they replace. And besides, who doesn’t love a good old-fashioned “Winners and Losers” list. So here we go, who won and who has lost over the past two days.

WINNERS

Kenny Clark, Jason Spriggs, Kyler Fackrell

Let’s start with the obvious. For each of these three, this weekend has been a dream. It is the culmination of all their work on the field, in the film room and weight room, and they got to hear their names called by Roger Goodell, Antonio Freeman, and Sam Barrington in Chicago. Being drafted alone makes them winners, but it goes deeper still. Each of them has a chance to be an impact player fairly early on. Clark will have every chance to win the starting nose tackle job or at least be the other defensive end opposite Mike Daniels, all at age 20. Spriggs can step in and be the swing tackle as well as be groomed to be the left tackle of the future. And Fackrell can be a nickel linebacker and special teams stud early on as well. Each of them has a role here and they know that they are the select three so far that Ted Thompson has called and welcomed to Green Bay.

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BREAKING: Packers take Utah State LB Kyler Fackrell, 88

Analysis (Kelly Hodgson): It was only a matter of time before the Packers pulled the trigger and chose a linebacker in this draft. While many thought  they would take an inside linebacker in the first round, they waited until the third round and chose outside linebacker Kyler Fackrell from Utah State.

As Julius Peppers is likely in the twilight of his career and Nick Perry will be heading into free agency at the end of the 2016 season, Fackrell appears to be an investment for the inevitable when the Packers could very well be looking at a paucity of OLBs heading into 2017.

At 6’5″, 245 pounds, Fackrell was a semifinalist for the Butkus Award for the nation’s top linebacker. While he sustained a season-ending ACL tear in September 2014, he returned to college ball with a vengeance with 82 tackles (15 for a loss), 4 sacks, 2 forced fumbles and 4 fumble recoveries.

He is tall with long arms and fluid  yet explosive motion with his hips. He uses his height an long limbs to his advantage. He has made a concerted effort to increased his muscle mass and strength.

Fackrell played on special teams as an Aggie and could make an immediate impact in that capacity at the start of the season. He has a strong work ethic and has been recognized as a leader down the line. A diamond in the rough, he may be the epitome of Draft and Develop.

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BREAKING: Green Bay Packers take Indiana OT Jason Spriggs, 48

Analysis (Kelly Hodgson): In classic Ted Thompson fashion, the Green Bay Packers moved up in the second round to take the 48th pick of the 2016 NFL Draft to select Indiana OT Jason Spriggs. In a trade with the Indianapolis Colts, the Packers moved up in exchange for picks 57, 125 and 248, the Packers chose to protect their franchise player quarterback Aaron Rodgers and elected to tap the 6’6′, 301 pound Hoosier brick wall. He’s taller and leaner than anyone else currently on the offensive line, and may be the insurance policy keeping Rodgers upright through the end of the season.

Thompson always seems to be on the hunt for the next tackle to shore up the offensive line and may have found that long-term investment in Spriggs, and with a fairly shallow depth chart on the OL, the Packers pulled the trigger to shore up that deficit and add both speed and strength to the line. A four-year starter, he brings a wealth of experience to the table and will be ready to get to work day one of training camp.

A second-team All-American (Pro Football Writers of America) and Associated Press third team, Spriggs can technically play both the blindside and the right. But he is known as a formidable blindside blocker that will give his all through the entire play. Pro Football Focus ranks him as having the third highest pass blocking efficiency among the Power-5 left tackles and could very well give David Bakhtiari a run for his money.

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From The Benches: First Round Reactions to DT Kenny Clark

Ross and Ryan are back for their third year of round by round draft coverage. It was an unpredictable first round and the guys give their thoughts on the first 26 picks of the draft before diving into the Packers’ selection at #27. Everyone had their eye on Myles Jack but the pick was defensive lineman Kenny Clark. Ross and Ryan compare their reactions to the pick to the selections of HaHa Clinton-Dix and Damarious Randall. They grade the pick and then make predictions for the picks the Packers will make on Friday evening.

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BREAKING: Green Bay Packers select Kenny Clark, DL, UCLA, 27

Analysis (Matt Bove): Ted Thompson and the Green Bay Packers could not have been in a better spot with the way the draft shaped up for them leading up to the 27th pick. Myles Jack tumbled down the board and was still available along with Reggie Ragland at inside linebacker. Pretty much every defensive lineman was available who you could have imagined with Vernon Butler, Jarren Reed, Andrew Billings, A’Shawn Robinson, Kenny Clark and Robert Nkemdiche all left.
The Packers ended up going with Clark, the 6-foot-3, 314-pound nose tackle out of UCLA. Clark had an outstanding season for the Bruins last year with six sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss. He’s only 20 years old, so should keep maturing physically. He will be able to contribute against the run right away with great power and leverage. He possessed and excellent bull rush last season at UCLA, but how far his pass rush comes will likely determine how good a player he becomes. Clark will be able to anchor against double teams right way to help a Packers run defense that needs it.
It’s pretty disappointing the Packers didn’t take a chance on Jack, yet not surprising. It’s hard to blame them without having all the information, but Jack is the exact kind of player the Packers have been desperate for. Even if if only plays three or four years it would have likely been worth it. It’s also somewhat surprising they did not trade down with so many linemen available. Clark likely could have been had int he second round and if not you would have had many other nice options.

Team Fit (Ross Uglem): Kenny Clark is a classic Ted Thompson pick.  Thompson loves young players, and Kenny Clark is certainly that.  Clark, at 20 is a Pac-12 prospect (Thompson loves those) who is just 20 years old and had an unreal 76 tackles and 6 sacks for UCLA.  Clark possesses the necessary versatility to play all along Coach Caper’s defensive line.  I would have no problem Playing Clark at Nose, at 5-tech (he’s 6’3″) or in the 2 man front in Green Baty’s nickel defense.

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PackersTalk.com Final NFL Mock Draft – V. 3.0

This will be my final version of the Green Bay Packers Mock Draft. Some insight into what the Packers may do on Thursday:

1st Round – Pick # 27 – DE Jarran Reed, Alabama

I’m definitely hoping for a trade down here. I think this draft is just too deep not to try to accumulate some more picks and get multiple defensive lineman and address all their needs.

Some examples of what a trade down might look like: http://packerstalk.com/2016/04/24/green-bay-packers-2016-draft-trading-down/

There are some great options to consider at defensive line, but I have a difficult time finding a way that DTs Vernon Butler or Andrew Billings fall to the Packers. Reed keeps getting knocked for not having great sack numbers. However, he wasn’t asked to rush the passer much and college, and when he was, his hurries and pass knock downs were high. He will be strong against the run from day one, and has the ability to develop into a great NFL defensive lineman.

Previous Picks: DT Kenny Clark-UCLA, DT Vernon Butler Louisiana-Tech

2nd Round – Pick #57 – RB Derrick Henry, Alabama

There is a lot of noise that Henry could be sliding down draft boards because of the poor history of Alabama Running Backs in the NFL. Henry is an absolute battering ram, and I see him as more explosive than Eddie Lacy (even skinny Eddie Lacy). Henry is a luxury pick, but he’ll give the Packers insurance if Lacy can’t stay healthy, and if he decides to leave via free agency.

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The Packers 2016 Draft War Room Show

Cheesehead TVs Cody Bauer and Ross Uglem are joined by Pulse of the Pack’s Jacob Westendorf to discuss the 2016 NFL draft. At the beginning of the show they are joined by Brian Carriveau. The boys go over who could feasibly be a pick for the Packers at the 27th selection. They also go over some options on the 2nd and third day.

After letting Carriveau go, the guys talk about some guys that they view as their best available players. They designate guys as the guys they either really love, or want no part of. They end the show discussing the most controversial/interesting player in the draft Jaylon Smith? Where would the guys pick him? Listen to the inaugural packers war room to find out!

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