Packers: 3 options at the 12th overall pick

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After a second consecutive disappointing season for the Green Bay Packers, they find themselves with the 12th overall pick in this April’s draft, their highest pick since 2009.

With their first pick in last year’s draft, the Green Bay Packers selected cornerback Jaire Alexander, who early on had shown that he can be a top player on this defense for a number of years to come.

If the Packers hope to accelerate this mini-rebuild that they find themselves currently in, they will have to hit another home run with the 12th overall pick in this draft. What are the odds? Perhaps promo code canada could help with that.

There are a number of positions that will need to be addressed this offseason by general manager Brian Gutekunst and having a pick this high will allow them to bring in a player that could fill one of those voids on the roster.

Jachai Polite – Edge Rusher, Florida

Finding a consistent edge rusher is an absolute must for the Green Bay Packers heading into the 2019 season. Many early mock drafts have linked Jachai Polite to the Packers as a possible solution for their lack of pass rush.

During his 2018 campaign at Florida, Polite was able to put on a show most weeks. In 13 games, Polite recorded 45 total tackles with 19.5 of them going for a loss. He also added 11 sacks, six forced fumbles, and 4 pass deflections.

What makes Polite so difficult to stop is his explosiveness off of the line of scrimmage. His quick burst combined with his sheer speed allows him to beat most offensive tackles around the edge with ease.

Then, just when you think you’re able to slow him down, Polite will use a stutter step or a spin move that is nearly impossible to stop.

Although it didn’t seem to happen very frequently, if the blocker was able to engage Polite, he does struggle to break free and is often times taken out of the play.

Polite’s athleticism allows him to cover a lot of ground and to work well in space. His versatility would fit in defensive coordinator Mike Pettine’s 3-4 defense quite well.

Jonah Williams – Offensive Tackle, Alabama

While Williams may not make it to the Packers at the 12th pick, if he does, he will be a must take.

The Green Bay Packers need to find a solution for the right guard position on their team. In 2018, the offensive line allowed 3.3 sacks per game, which ranked tied for second-most in the NFL and a lot of the time, the pressure came from up the middle due to poor guard play.

Since Williams has all of the physical attributes you would want in an NFL tackle, sliding the less athletic Bryan Bulaga over to right guard could help extend his career, while solidifying the tackle position for the foreseeable future.

Williams explosiveness and quick footwork allow him to get into position almost immediately, which results in him rarely being beaten by a defender. Pro Football Focus has Williams rated as the top tackle in the draft and last season credited him with giving up just 10 pressures, out of 410 attempts.

Top tier tackles are very difficult to find in the NFL, so if the Green Bay Packers are presented with the opportunity to take Williams, in my opinion, they have to do it.

Montez Sweat – Edge Rusher, Mississippi State

Luckily for the Green Bay Packers, the edge rusher position is quite deep in this draft, so in addition to Polite, they will have other options at the 12th pick.

In recent weeks, Sweat has jumped up many big boards because of his performance at the Senior Bowl. Whether it was during practices or in the game, Sweat dominated just about everyone he went up against.

Since he was a senior this past season, Sweat has been able to string together a couple of fantastic seasons. In 2017 as a junior, Sweat led the SEC in sacks with 10.5 and tackles for loss with 15.5.

This past year, he tallied 47 total quarterback pressures, along with an incredible 21 combined sacks and quarterback hits. Sweat also recorded 53 total tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss, and 12 sacks.

Sweat uses his 6’6″ length and long arms to his advantage by creating space between himself and the offensive player. His burst at the snap and constant use of his hands are big contributors towards his success.

Where Sweat differs from Polite is that he isn’t as athletic and doesn’t operate as well in open space, but as we’ve seen, when it comes to wreaking havoc in the backfield, Sweat is as good as they come.

In addition to these three players, there are a number of other potential candidates for the Green Bay Packers to take with the 12th overall pick. However, if they end up with either of these three, the draft will be off to a fantastic start.

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20 thoughts on “Packers: 3 options at the 12th overall pick

  1. Truthfully, I think edge rushers are overvalued . Guys who can cover or DL who can win matchups are more valuable than a guy who gets you 4.5 sacks, like Marcus Davenport did. And if you look at teams that burn a really high pick on offensive linemen…..they don’t get a lot better because of it.

    We should definitely take a tackle in the Top 100 , but not at 12.

    Personally, I would try to tr

    1. Yes! Pettine appears to feel the same way, he only once had an edge rusher get 10+ sacks in a season when he was Jets DC, yet he fielded top 10 defenses. I don’t think Packers coaches are as concerned about this position as fans are. Take the best defensive player available at 12

      1. Based on pass rush, coaches caring was obviously not a top priority and it showed!

    2. The Packers had basically zero, yes zero, rush pressure on QBs. Take two edge first in draft if avaiable!

      1. We finished 7th in sacks. Why do you think improving that is more important than other things like covering or stopping the run……where we’re a lot worse than 7th

        1. You are correct, 7th in sacks. But, that stat is very misleading as sacks were not as meaningful on key down and distance. When we needed pressure we failed to get home on key downs. Sacks are fine at crucial times, but constant and consistent rush pressure is a more valuable gauge of success to me to better disrupt the QB and timing.

  2. Packers need to look at Andy Isabella in this draft. Make it happen–he could be the next Jordy Nelson.

    1. Andy Isabella is 5’10… Jordy is 6’3 and a legit outside WR. Isabella is a slot. Just because they are both white doesn’t mean anything

      1. I don’t care who they get as long as the slot receiver is quick on cuts, runs crisp routes, gets separation, and catches the ball. That not asking much is it?

      2. Lets take a black WR in the 7th rd so he can be the next Donald Driver!!!

  3. What Williams at 12th for the Packers that’s just stupid! How about round two we draft Dieter or Beau from Wisconsin! Both fit the system and both are hometown guys! And both are awesome!

  4. I still say take two edge rushers with the first two picks if available. Our offense will be fine, but our defense rush can make a huge difference in any game!

  5. Polite looks like a good pick at 12 for me so far. I also like Sweat’s size and length at 6ft.6in. I agree we can wait for a guard or swing tackle until the second round. I really hope we make good use of the 30th pick and draft one of the three excellent tight ends with first round grades. Hochensen should be first off the board and will be in a Patriots jersey if we pass on him. We may have to move up to get him with the Raiders picking twice before us. The combine will be a good measuring stick for who is going to be the first TE selected.

  6. The best player available at 12 may be the linebacker from LSU Devin White winner of the Butkus award for best linebacker this year.

  7. Just wondering if there’s a chance to move up to the 4th pick?
    12th value = 1,200
    30th value = 620
    4th value = 1,800

    This brings major Quality into play:
    J Williams OT Alabama
    Q Williams DL Alabama
    Gary DL Michigan

    At this point in Rodgers career, I think this is the type of move to make

  8. Normally a pass rush creates interceptions. Good coverage creates sacks But you can only cover just so long

  9. Jonah Williams at 12 would be great. It is a surprisingly good OT group at the top and Taylor, Ford, Dillard may facilitate a drop to 12. If he is not there, I would buy into a trade back (with Skins?) and take Hockenson. Otherwise, now Simmons has gone, I guess ANOther pass rush, but none of those still there at 12 really excite me. My preferred are Sweat and Burns for 3:4, but I cannot help thinking 12 is high/early for them and OLine plus a TE are better for round 1.

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