Analysis: The Packers close out the 2019 NFL draft by selecting inside linebacker Ty Summers out of Texas Christian University with the 226th pick. The Packers once again looked for elite athletes in the draft, with Summers posting a 9.71 RAS.
Summers had 319 careers tackles at TCU and also has experience at defensive end. He was named second-team All-Big 12 in his redshirt sophomore year and was an honorable mention his last two years.
Summers’ strengths are his coverage ability, quickness, and physicality. Coaches rave about his intelligence and competitive spirit, and he will bring his all on every play. His will need to hone his instincts and become even more aggressive. The last rounds of the draft are all about upside, and Summers is a picturesque example of a high-upside player.
Team fit: Where Summers will likely make his immediate impact in Green Bay is on special teams. With elite athletic numbers, the right physical tools, strong tackling ability, and the grit to make plays, Summers can be a special teams star right away.
Green Bay has a fantastic linebacker coach and a promising group of special teams coaches. If any group can utilize Summers’ innate tools and hone them into a force of reckoning on special teams, it’s the Packers’ coaches.
The Packers have little depth at inside linebacker beyond Blake Martinez and Oren Burks. Summers is a high-upside addition to the group. He possesses good coverage ability, something the unit could use more of.
With the right coaching, Summers will be a breath of summer air for the Green Bay Packers.
NFL Player Comp – Oren Burks, Green Bay Packers: Like Burks, Summers is an elite athlete with outstanding testing numbers. As a former safety, coverage ability is a strength for Burks as it is for Summers. However, Burks was drafted in the third round to become a starting off-ball linebacker, whereas Summers will make his money on special teams.Matt Hendershott is a Packers fan and Miller High Life enthusiast from Northwest Ohio. He has a Master of Arts in Media and Communication from Bowling Green State University. You can follow him on Twitter @MattHendershott.