I’m going to post a weekly draft piece on Football Fridays here on PackersTalk.com. Mock drafts using Fanspeak, my custom Packers Big Board, scouting reports, links to film breakdown, you never know what you might get. Stay tuned to Packers Football Friday all the way until draft weekend to find out.
In these mock drafts, I’m going to focus on the first five rounds of the draft. According to most calculations, the Packers are going to have nine picks in the first five rounds. Will they use them all in the spots they’re likely to be placed in? No. That seems very unlikely. Am I going to sit here and try to guess where Green Bay is going to move around to? No.
This draft was completed using Fanspeak’s On the Clock technology. The algorithm was set to “difficult” and Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller’s big board was used. I’ll probably switch back and forth between big boards as we get closer and closer to draft season. I’ve found the “user-voted” team needs to be the most accurate. Fans that obsess about their own team enough to use Fanspeak pay attention to the needs of their squad.
I love Josh Jackson’s game. He’s the #1 corner in this class for me. Paying attention to Pettine’s schemes over the years told me one thing: you gotta have corners. Pettine can generate pressure using almost anyone. Go watch what he did with guys like Aaron Maybin, Vernon Gholston and Calvin Pace. Castoffs that no one could get anything out of.
I don’t leave Pettine’s cupboard bare, though. Dorance Armstrong, Jr. was a productive player on a bad team.
He played with his hand on the ground in college, but that won’t matter as much with Pettine’s multiple schemes. This gives Pettine Nick Perry, Vince Biegel, Clay Matthews and Armstrong, Jr. to work with.
Next up? An outside receiver to pair with Davante Adams. Michael Gallup, he of 100 catches his senior year at Colorado State, gets thrown immediately into a competition with Geronimo Allison and Michael Clark for snaps on the outside. Gallup has the featured receiver build at 6’1″ 205 and his athletic fluidity is mesmerizing.
Draft crush #1 is definitley Josh Jackson but my word Michael Gallup pic.twitter.com/P7olfBTLO7
— Ross Uglem (@RossUglem) January 19, 2018
James Daniels provides the Packers with interior depth and competition for the RG spot for Justin McCray. Troy Fumagali joins a competition with a free agent TE as a big target for Rodgers down the seam. Kahlil McKenzie (Reggie’s son) gives another big body for a young and supremely talented defensive line. Micah Kizer finally provides true LB depth behind Ryan and Martinez and Fitts another crack at a Fackrell-type (btw, I would Brad Jones Fackrell. Time to try him off the ball, he’s a former safety that loves to cover). Brandon Parker is an athletic tackle type from a smaller school. Sound familiar?