Green Bay Packers 2018 NFL Draft Review

A perennial contender, the Packers found themselves in an unusual position on the outside looking in at the playoffs in 2017. Most of that was due to an injury to star quarterback Aaron Rodgers. However, it may have been a blessing in disguise as they had a chance to load up on young talent with a rare early selection. Hitting on these picks can set them up for another decade of sustained success. Here is my Green Bay Packers 2018 NFL Draft Review.

Green Bay Packers 2018 NFL Draft Review

1st Round – Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville

Despite a disappointing injury riddled 2017, Alexander has shown over his career that he can be a lockdown cover man. His confidence and ability to mirror receivers leaves very little to be desired. And while he is undersized, he plays plenty big enough to be a top end corner in the NFL.

 

2nd Round – Joshua Jackson, CB, Iowa

Jackson couldn’t be more different than Alexander as a cornerback. He is a tall zone defensive back with fantastic ball skills and awareness. His agility drills were underwhelming at the combine, so there are questions if he can play man to man coverage at the next level. However, he can be a true ball hawk in a zone defense and a great addition to this Packers secondary.

 

3rd Round – Oren Burks, OLB, Vanderbilt

A continued effort to improve the defense, Burks will have a chance to carve out a role for himself with this defense. He’s a very good athlete and should have the range and coverage skills to see significant minutes. He may not be a starter right away, but his value on special teams and in coverage should not be overlooked.

 

4th Round – J’Mon Moore, WR, Missouri

Moore has the physical tools that NFL teams like and will work to develop him into a legitimate weapon. He has issues with drops and isn’t a polished route runner, but he’s big and physical and can just out athlete smalls defensive backs. With improved technique and coaching he can be a solid possession receiver in the NFL.

 

5th Round – Cole Madison, OG, Washington State

Madison is a quick, athletic guard who should be successful in a zone blocking scheme. He can move well in pass protection and get to linebackers at the second level in the run game. He needs to add more strength to his game or else he could be pushed around by the defensive tackles he’ll see on a regular basis. He will be developmental depth with a chance to contribute down the line if he makes the team.

 

5th Round – JK Scott, P, Alabama

There is a time and a place to acquire rookie punters. That time is not the 5th round. Even if Scott pans out then this is still a reach in my book. That being said, I think Scott can be a good addition to the special teams unit. He’s got plenty of experience in the spotlight and has the leg to boot it deep on punts and kickoffs.

 

5th Round – Marquez Valdes-Scantling, WR, South Florida

Valdes-Scantling has great physical tools to work with. He is 6’4 with sub 4.4 speed. These kind of athletes are rare, so even though he needs polishing from a technical standpoint I think this is a good pick for a developmental wide receiver. If he can be coached up then he could become a real playmaker with Aaron Rodgers.

 

6th Round – Equanimeous St. Brown, WR, Notre Dame

Another big body receiver with good tools that the Packers will look to develop, St. Brown has shown he can be a playmaker. He will have to come in and carve out a place in this offense, but that might be an issue for him. There have been documented concerns with his work ethic and how hungry is. If this is true he will likely miss the cut.

 

7th Round – James Looney, DE, California

Looney has had highs and lows in his career, but his 2017 tape was not as impressive as the previous year. He may prove to be a nice rotational player on the defensive line. He just has to prove he can play consistently at a high level.

 

7th Round – Hunter Bradley, LS, Mississippi State

Bradley is a long snapper. He might be the best long snapper in the country, but even if he were I would never use a pick on a long snapper.

 

7th Round – Kendall Donnerson, LB, Southeast Missouri State

Super athletic big body linebacker. He’s a project who needs a lot of work before he can step on the field, but his tools are worth taking a flyer on at this point in the draft.

Overall Grade – B-

Best Pick – Joshua Jackson

Biggest Reach – JK Scott

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