The Green Bay Packers draft weekend concluded with adding 22 players to their roster in form of 11 draft picks and 11 undrafted free agents (UDFA). Their additions ranged across both sides of the ball, touching on every offensive and defensive position outside of quarterback. For a look at each player, you can click here for a summary of the draft picks and here for the UDFAs. For now, let’s award some superlatives to the newest Green Bay Packers.
Best Value Pick
The award for best value pick is goes to our 5th round pick, defensive end Kingsley Enagbare. Enagbare was PFF’s 52nd ranked player going into the draft, yet the Packers were able to get him with the 179th pick. Many mock drafts has him going in the 3rd round with some even going in the 2nd. Not only did we get him in the 5th, the Packers even traded back and acquired an additional 7th round pick in the process.
Enagbare’s fall is largely due to his poor performance at the combine and South Carolina pro day, but if you watch the tape you’ll see a different story. He consistently wins battles with powerful bull rushes combined with strong hands that can put a lineman on their heels before they know what hit them. He also has a deceptive spin move that will be a great change-up to have in his back pocket.
It is only fitting that he will be wearing number 55, because give Kingsley Enagbare a little coaching and time and he’ll look a lot like Za’Darius Smith.
UDFA Most Likely to Make the Final Roster
It is no surprise that the Packers need help on special teams, but it may be a little more of a surprise that they could also use some safety help. After the release of Henry Black and Vernon Scott never seeing the field last year, I award this superlative to safety Tre Sterling out of Oklahoma State.
Tre Sterling may have been looking at a draft selection had he not sat out most of the 2021 season due to a wrist injury. In 2020, he lead Oklahoma State with 12 tackles for a loss. He is an explosive athlete with a 4.70s 40-yard dash, 36.5 inch vertical, and 14 bench press reps. His strength, speed, and tackling ability make him a strong special teams candidate. If he can get back to his 2020 form and learn the ins and outs of the defense, he could add to his value by being a great gadget player with the ability to move around and cover, tackle, or blitz.
Sterling is in no way a lock, but if he can get on Bisaccia’s good side and make a splash in the preseason he’ll be an interesting name to watch.
Biggest Impact Week 1
Most likely, the Packers are looking at around 4 or 5 rookie starters come week 1. While Quay Walker and Christian Watson are certainly on that list, this award is going to defensive tackle Devonte Wyatt.
A very unlikely pick for the Packers due to his age, Wyatt is coming into the league already 24 years old. While this has been scrutinized by some, it means that Wyatt is already a few years more experienced and more grown than other rookies. At 6’3″ 303 pounds, he is ready to come in and provide Kenny Clark with support right away.
Wyatt can partner with Clark on all three downs and give him a breather from time to time. According to Pro Football Reference, Clark played 73% of snaps last year. The most by a landslide among the Packers defensive line. If Wyatt can help bring that number down while helping maintain a strong interior, it will go a long way for keeping our line fresh for the 4th quarter.
Wyatt is the most pro-ready player that the Packers added and one of the most pro-ready in the entire draft class. Look for him to come out of the gate strong.
PJ is an Ohio native who was fortunate enough to be born into the green and gold family through his father who grew up in Green Bay. He now resides in NYC where he is an avid fan and fantasy football player. You can follow him on twitter at @roden_pj.