So what exactly do I mean by hyped players? Well, anyone on Twitter knows that scouts make fan bases aware of these small school, under the radar, big production guys. These prospects can range from first round picks all the way to UDFAs. So, what would the Packers’ draft look like if they only drafted these hyped up players? This mock draft was done using Matt Miller’s big board.
First Round (12): ILB Devin White 6’1″ 240lbs, LSU
Devin White is pegged to be the game’s next great inside linebacker. The Packers have ignored the need for a star player in the middle of the defense and it is time to change that. Although Pettine didn’t play much base defense, White would change that with his elite speed and good coverage skills. White’s combine might put him out of reach for Green Bay to take him at 12, but he would be a difference maker.
First Round (32): EDGE Oshane Ximines 6’4″ 255lbs, Old Dominion
Don’t ask how to pronounce this one, but come draft day, everyone will know how. Ximines has been climbing boards and was even picked as early as 21 overall in Mel Kiper’s mock draft. Old Dominion only has four former players currently in the NFL and Ximines is sure to be the fifth. This season, he posted career highs in sacks (11.5) and tackles for loss (18). Ximines does not possess the burst I would like for an edge defender, but he plays with a high motor to make up for that.
Second Round (44): OT Dalton Risner 6’5″ 300lbs, Kansas State
For some reason, Matt Miller is very low on Risner while the rest of scouts seem to feel differently. Since Miller has him ranked so low and others have him so high, let’s meet in the middle and take him in the second. Risner can step into the right guard position and start from day one, although he is a long-term solution at right tackle. Risner doesn’t have excellent footwork, but he was able to beat everyone at the college level using his hands.
Third Round (76): FS Nasir Adderley 6’0″ 185lbs, University of Delaware
This is a small school guy that went from no one knowing who he was to everyone knowing who he was. Scouts are predicting that Adderley will perform well enough at the combine to get himself into the top three rounds for sure, if not much earlier. Getting Adderley in the third round would finally address the much needed free safety position. While small, Adderley plays a physical game and can be that ball-hawking safety that Green Bay needs on the back end.
Fourth Round (108): WR Andy Isabell 5’9″ 186lbs, University of Massachusetts
Talk about production! Isabella was just two yards shy of breaking 1,700 yards on the season and accounted for 14 touchdowns (13 receiving, 1 rushing) . Isabella is primarily a slot receiver at his size but he can still stretch the field with his blazing speed. In high school, Isabella beat Browns CB, Denzel Ward in the 100m and 200m dash. Keep in mind that Ward ran a 4.32 40 yard dash at last year’s combine.
Fourth Round (112): CB Rock Ya-Sin 6’2″ 190lbs, Temple
This pick was mostly based off of Rock’s name, but at 6’2″ Ya-Sin would be a great pick in the fourth round. Ya-Sin is a physical corner that will likely struggle against quick-twitch receivers. Although, because of his height, he likely won’t be matched up with many small, quick receivers that would give him problems.
Fifth Round (140): DL Khalen Saunders 6’2″ 310lbs, Western Illinois
Saunders might have moved up boards simply because of a recent video posted online of him doing a backflip, but he’s more than a 300 pound gymnast. Saunders has great sack numbers for an interior lineman with 14 in the last two seasons as a starter. Saunders uses his strength and athletic ability to beat lineman and terrorize the backfield. This is another small school guy who could find himself in the top three rounds.