The Green Bay Packer’s have an opportunity this 2019 Draft that they haven’t had very often. If we look back at the last 20 NFL drafts, pick #12 has produced a 75% success rate. With that in mind, the Green Bay Packers may actually strike Gold in 2019!
Let’s look at two players that could make an immediate impact on the Defensive side of the ball. My first choice would be Jachai Polite OLB Florida. Jachai is 6’3,” 250 Lbs, starts fast, has quick hands and a patented spin move, he reaches the QB in a hurry. His ideal size, weight and stats, 45 tackles, 19.5 TFL, and 11.0 Sacks are exactly what the Packers need. He plays with a fiery passion that wasn’t always observed on the Packers defense in 2018.
Polite’s competition at the #12 spot may be familiar SEC foe, Montez Sweat OLB Miss St. Montez is 6′ 5,” 240 Lbs, so slightly taller than Polite, but possibly not as fast. Sweat may also need to gain a few pounds to add to his 6’5″ frame. His stats are equally impressive, 53 Tackles, 14.5 TFL, and 12 Sacks and would make any Packer Defensive fan drool. The prospect of his height and power would make him an intriguing starter for the Packers. Personally, I would be happy with either one, and they both should be available when the Packers go on the clock.
We are all speculating of course and the Packers could go any number of ways at #12 and still get another Blue Chipper at #30. Some players to keep in mind and watch, Rashan Gray DT, MI, Devin White ILB, LSU (some boards have him falling), Jonah Williams OT AL, Dalton Risner OT KSU, TJ Hockenson TE IA, and D.K. Metcalf WR Ole Miss.
When #30 rolls around keep your eyes open for Noah Fant TE IA (if Hockenson is gone), Cody Ford OT OK, Hakeem Butler WR ISU, Jawaan Taylor OT FL, or Nasir Adderley S DE, among several others.
We all know our guess is as good or bad as any other. As I said in last weeks post, the Packers must choose the Best Available Player at their top position of need in order to call this draft a success. No longer can the Packers just choose BAP’s and attempt to find a way to get them on the field. We have seen that in Ted Thompson’s last three drafts which failed miserably. The Packers have 6 picks in the first 112 players to be selected. This should be the most exciting draft since 2009.
As Always Go Pack Go
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