I’m going to try post a bi-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 done specifically in concert with my Packers Big Board 2.0 over at our sister site, Cheesehead TV, which you can find here.
The rules were simple. Take the player left at the top of the big board, regardless of position, though no tripling up. The Packers were able to select my #1 EDGE rusher for this class in Harold Landry and free up Clay Matthews to do all sorts of disruptive things in the defense. The offense then got a huge shot in the arm at the skill positions. WR2 Michael Gallup is available to replace Jordy Nelson, and Dallas Goedert, TE1, replaces Richard Rodgers and becomes a real problem for defenses when deployed with Jimmy Graham.
Admittedly higher on Harold Landry than most and a lot of it is because his 2016 tape is saucy pic.twitter.com/glJK0bjku7
— Ross Uglem (@RossUglem) February 9, 2018
After that, it’s nothing but defense. Tarvarus McFadden ran poorly at the combine, but his tape and his athletic profile actually coincide quite a bit with Richard Sherman. His height, long arms and huge hands allow him to press receivers and get away with a lack of speed. Mata’Afa (situational pass rusher) and Phillips (nickelback) fill specific roles on the defense and McKenzie, Jr. is allowed plenty of time to “season” behind Clark, Daniels, Wilkerson Lowry and Montravius Adams.
I’m here to tell you that Dante Pettis is WR1 in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Effortlessly eats the CB’s cushion with his burst off LOS. Slight shoulder dip with dropped hips into skinny post break to get his back on the CB, then flattened path to catchpoint assures no undercut pic.twitter.com/QZVkWSA6Wf
— Brad Kelly (@BradKelly17) February 10, 2018
Dante Pettis at that point in the draft would be my favorite pick. I think Pettis might be the most undervalued player in this class on a national level.
I would be absolutely thrilled with this haul, though they’d need to piece together the cornerback group. That’s not the worst thing in the world, though, as the Eagles just showed us. It’s not like people were talking about Corey Graham and Patrick Robinson going into last season, but there they were, handling their business because of a dominant defensive front.
I’m going to tell you right now that Perry, Matthews, Landry, Clark, Wilkerson, Daniels, Maa’Atafa and Biegel is a dominant defensive front.
Bucky Brooks, NFL – Marcus Davenport
Yeah I hate that pick, especially with Landry and Josh Jackson still on the board. No friggin’ thanks.
Todd McShay (3.0), ESPN – Marcus Davenport
Fortunately the national guys have been pretty poor in estimating who the Packers will take over the last few years. It isn’t that I don’t like Davenport as a prospect, I just don’t want to wait for him to develop technique. Not at #14 overall. Again Josh Jackson was available and McShay didn’t even mock Landry in the 1st round.
Walter Football – Jaire Alexander, Mike Gesicki, Brian O’Neill
No thanks. I’m here for Jaire Alexander, but no thanks on an workout warrior in round 2 and an offensive tackle in round 3, who by the time he’s ready to play, Bryan Bulaga will be back.
Gary Davenport, Bleacher Report- Calvin Ridley
I’d have been all over this before the combine, but I have levels of concern about his athleticism.