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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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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Pack to the Future #16: 2016 Draft Special

The guys break down some minor roster moves and next year’s schedule. They also mock the first three Packers picks for the upcoming draft. Make sure to join us next week when we break down what actually happened in the 2016 draft.

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7 Rounds: An Ideal Draft for Packer Fans

Tomorrow is the night. We will finally see where the future of the Green Bay Packers lies. In Chicago, the NFL Draft prepares itself for the coming wave of fresh young talent looking to make their name in the NFL world.

That is why I want to take my own shot at what will happen in Green Bay and see who will be joining the ranks of Rodgers, Matthews, Sitton, Linsley, Hyde, and all the other draft picks who have created their own niche in Packers lore.

Compiling information from many sources to make my selections, as well as a little bit of gut instinct, here are the 9 young men who will hear their named called at the podium as members of the Green Bay Packers.

ROUND 1 (Pick 27) – Reggie Ragland, LB. Alabama

I just cannot shake the feeling that Ragland is going to fall. Not many people have him dropping past Atlanta or Buffalo but Alabama doesn’t have the greatest history with high round linebackers in recent memory (Rolando McClain, Courtney Upshaw, Mark Barron). That combined with questions about whether he can play for three downs gives me the sinking feeling that he is one of those prospects who slides and drops into the perfect spot, Green Bay. He is a plug and play guy who can wear the green dot by the end of the season and with the right coaching and mentoring from guys like Clay Matthews, can be that all around linebacker that the team needs.

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