With the 2017 NFL draft in the books, the Green Bay Packers make the right moves to start the draft, but maybe didn’t make all the right decisions with second half of the draft.
The Packers have an offense that is ready to contend, but the running back position seemed to be one of need for the team. With Ty Montgomery in the back field, the Packers aren’t desperate for a back, but wouldn’t hurt to have one come in thru this draft.
2017 Green Bay Packers draft recap. pic.twitter.com/ZWAyd5Yey5
— 134 Days 🏈 (@HailRodgers12) April 29, 2017
The biggest issue to me on this draft is that the team used three picks on running back and another two at the wide receiver position. I am all for adding to your strength, but this team had needs on defense and this draft was said to be loaded from top to bottom on that side of the ball. Ideally, I would have liked to see this team go after 7-8 defensive players of their 10 picks they had this weekend. They used their first four on defense, but the remaining six went to the offense, that could come back to bite them late in the season or in a few years.
Round 2 (pick 33):
Kevin King: I feel great about it. It's a great organization. You always hear about Lambeau Field & the fans. I'm blessed to be part of it.
— Green Bay Packers (@packers) April 29, 2017
Kevin King CB (Washington) – The Packers opted to move out of the first round and it seemed to be wise as they got a corner that had a first-round grade. The move allowed the team to grab another pick later, while also getting one of the better corners in the draft. King should come in and contend for a starting spot on day one.
Round 2 (pick 61):
Josh Jones is a "multiple position player" MM says about the second-round safety. Similar to Hyde (but bigger). "We need to play more DBs"
— Packer Report (@PackerReport) April 29, 2017
Josh Jones S (North Carolina State) – Jones, just like King, should come in day one and contend for a starting job with this Packers defense. The first two picks for this football team are very solid and gave the fans a good start to the 2017 NFL draft.
Round 3 (pick 93):
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 29, 2017
Montravius Adams DT (Auburn) – This was a spot that I saw the team going after a running back with the depth at the position. That didn’t happen as they continued the defensive theme and took the first Auburn player in 2017. Adams had a great couple of days, following the birth of his child, he got the call from the Packers. This pick might be one of the biggest steals of the draft and Adams will come in and contend for a starting job right away.
Round 4 (picks 108 and 134):
Vince Biegel LB (Wisconsin) and Jamaal Williams RB (BYU) – The Packers take their fourth straight defensive player and finally grab the running back that the team needed for depth purposes.
Round 5 (Picks 175 and 182):
New #Packers RB Aaron Jones said he caught checkdowns and screens at UTEP, but also lined up in slot early in career, vertical routes.
— Ryan Wood (@ByRyanWood) April 29, 2017
DeAngelo Yancey WR (Purdue) and Aaron Jones RB (UTEP) – Grabbing a wide receiver does make sense as you want to take best available, but confused at the sot they took him. I can see using a sixth or seventh round selection, but these two picks should have gone to the defensive side of the ball.
Round 6 (pick 212) and Round 7 (picks 238 and 247):
Kofi Amichia G (USF), DeVante Mays RB (Utah State), and Malachi Dupre WR (LSU) – I love the pick of the guard as you can never have too many offensive linemen, especially when you are protecting Aaron Rodgers. The third running back and second wide receiver have me scratching my head.
Overall, I will give the draft of the Packers a C grade, but that only is due to the first part of the draft!