Green Bay Packers 2017 Draft Review

2nd/33 Kevin King, CB

Ht.: 6-3 Wt.: 200 School: Washington

Despite investing their first two picks of the 2015 draft at cornerback the Packers secondary struggled in 2016 giving up a league worst 8.1 yards per catch. Davon House was signed in free agency but that was not enough as the Packers used their first pick on King. King has great size and thrives playing press coverage using his speed and length to cover up receivers.

 

2nd/61 Josh Jones, S

Ht.: 6-1 Wt.: 220 School: North Carolina State

Safety is an area of strength for the Packers but both Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Morgan Burnett are entering the final year of their contracts where it is very unlikely that both with return. Looking ahead the Packers went after Jones who was one a one-year starter but showed that he has the speed and ball skills of an elite safety. Jones will backup at both positions next year as they groom him to start in 2018.

 

3rd/93 Montravius Adams, DT

Ht.: 6-4 Wt.: 304 School: Auburn

As the Packers continue to build up their defensive line they are able to pick up a versatile tackle in Adams that can play both the run and be a disruptive penetrator. Green Bay could look to add a little weight to Adams and use him down as a nose tackle or keep him at his current weight and let him play out as a defensive end as an athletic interior pass rusher.

 

4th/108 Vince Biegel, OLB

Ht.: 6-3 Wt.: 246 School: Wisconsin

A pass rushing linebacker in college Biegel played at a feverish pace. But his position with the Packers may be inside where he can utilize good range and instincts to be a run defender while covering tight ends in the passing game. Biegel will still be able to use his rushing ability as a blitzer where his short arms won’t be as big of a factor.

 

4th/134 Jamaal Williams, RB

Ht.: 6-0 Wt.: 212 School: BYU

For as good as Ty Montgomery played at running back last season, the Packers need a traditional back if they had any plans on making their offense complete. Williams isn’t going to blow you away with speed but he is a tough runner who can run between the tackles and wear defenses down. Williams has the potential to be this year’s Jordan Howard.

 

5th/175 Deangelo Yancey, WR

Ht.: 6-2 Wt.: 220 School: Purdue

Every year the Packers use an early day three pick on prospect to be a downfield weapon. With Jeff Janis and Trevor Davis not working the Packers go back to the well with Yancey . Yancey struggles to separate underneath but has the speed to get deep and body control to go up make win at the catch point.

 

5th/182 Aaron Jones, RB

Ht.: 5-10 Wt.:208 School: UTEP

An accomplished back Jones ran for 1,773 yards during his senior year which set a record for most single season rushing yards in UTEP history and earned him first team all-conference. With an impressive combine performance, he makes sense for the Packers as they look to build depth at running back.

 

6th/212 Kofi Amichia, OT

Ht.: 6-4 Wt.: 304 School: South Florida

A two-year starter at South Florida Amichia saw time at both left and right tackle. General Manager Ted Thompson traditionally takes tackles and moves them inside to guard and with Amichia’s strength run blocking and size it is a logical fit. Green Bay needs to replenish their interior line after losing three key players from last season.

 

7th/238 Devante Mays, RB

Ht.: 5-10 Wt.: 230 School: Utah State

After using two earlier picks on running backs the Packers strike again getting a big back out of Utah State. Mays is a straight line runner with good speed and explosiveness for the position. His lack of agility will limit his effectiveness, but the Packers could look to him as a new version of John Kuhn.

 

7th/247 Malachi Dupre, WR

Ht.: 6-3 Wt.: 196 School: LSU

Green Bay loves to take good athletes in the seventh round as Dupre is a smooth athlete that has good size and the ability to go up and get the ball in the air. If he can refine his route running and find a role on special teams has a good shot at making the team.

 

Best Pick

King (second round)

 

Upside Pick

Williams (fifth round)

 

Overall Thoughts

This was a typical draft for the Packers as they moved back gained extra picks and let quality players fall into their laps. While the first three rounds saw them infusing the defense with talent on day three were able address the running back position that was razor thin last year.

Grade: B

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