Last year, then-Packers GM Ted Thompson used his first four picks on defensive players. They also swapped third- and fifth-round picks for 49ers right tackle Trenton Brown. • Nation: Breaking down picks by team » 201 overall), LSU C Will Clapp (No. However, new general manager Brian Gutekunst passed on potential defensive stars Tremaine Edmunds, Derwin James and Marcus Davenport when he traded out of the No. 80 overall), UCF TE Jordan Akins (No. 18 overall. It also stopped a run of five straight non-defensive picks (four offensive players and a punter) after GM Brian Gutekunst used his first three picks on the defense (two cornerbacks and an inside linebacker). Draft picks: Georgia OT Isaiah Wynn (No. 47 overall), Michigan C Mason Cole (No. 127 overall), Wisconsin S Natrell Jamerson (No. 113 overall), Wisconsin TE Troy Fumagalli (No. They’re probably going to need one or both of these drafted receivers to make it this year after they cut Nelson. I suspect he'll be a very good reserve corner in time. 180 overall), Virginia State RB Trenton Cannon (No. All of those guys could make a case for a roster spot. “The Packers improved their secondary significantly by getting CBs Jaire Alexander and Josh Jackson in the first two rounds. New general manager Brian Gutekunst focused on offense on Day 3. 117 overall), Pennsylvania WR Justin Watson (No. 27 and picked up a fifth-rounder (No. Selecting Green in the third round was good value, and could be a steal like Michael Bennett was years ago. Alexander is a good player and an instant starter. Scarbrough struggled to become "the man" at Alabama, but he'll be a worthwhile seventh-round pick if he can lower his pads and run hard consistently. His standout game was against the Rams where he posted five passes defended. 154 overall), Virginia Tech OG Wyatt Teller (No. The same team that takes a punter two rounds earlier. 142 overall), Florida DB Marcell Harris (No. 6 overall), South Carolina State LB Darius Leonard (No. The Rams did some work on Day 3 well before the draft, grabbing picks in trading away Robert Quinn and Alec Ogletree and giving up picks for cornerbacks Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib. Anderson go, and found one in Freeman, who looked more explosive later in the 2017 season. Avery would have been a top-75 pick without a knee injury, so Dorsey stole a future starter in the fifth round. Parker is raw and a bit of a reach in the early third, especially for a team that already picked an offensive tackle in Round 1. Day 2 grade: A They found their nose tackle in the third round, picking Jones. Jaire Alexander missed a chunk of last season with a sprained knee. The skinny: Picking up Cordy Glenn from the Bills for a move down of 10 spots in the first round will help their offensive line, so that needs to be considered here. Offensive lineman Cole Madison did not play one down as he was on the reserve/did not report list. Kirk is an excellent fit, not only because of his skills but the impending retirement of Larry Fitzgerald. Day 2 grade: B Mason Rudolph needs of a lot of work, but he could be a promising player if he sits behind Ben Roethlisberger for 2-3 seasons. Draft picks: Florida State S Derwin James (No. The Colts finally found receivers in Rounds 5-6 (Fountain and Cain). 31 overall), Florida CB Duke Dawson (No. Overall grade: C 83 overall), Oklahoma TE Mark Andrews (No. Day 3 grade: B+ James Washington is a big receiver who will be able to contribute right away (plus Kevin Colbert hardly ever messes up when it comes to drafting receivers). Brian Gutekunst’s first draft was a great one.”, Nate Davis of USA Today: B+. He also picked a coverage linebacker in Young and a big, agile receiver in Scott. Draft picks: Washington DT Vita Vea (No. Chubb was an excellent choice, as well, because he will pound the ball between the tackles and create space for himself. Use of this website (including any and all parts and components) constitutes your acceptance of these TERMS OF USE and PRIVACY POLICY. Not in the Packers QB's mind, Adams, Clark set to return for Packers on Sunday, Pack's Adams: Frustration led to deleted tweet, Covered Packers for Green Bay Press-Gazette from 1997-2013, Two-time Wisconsin Sportswriter of the Year as selected by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. 223 overall), Middle Tennessee WR Richie James (No. They did select Dawson, a slot corner and trouble-maker for receivers, trading away a fourth-round pick to Tampa Bay to select him. 111 overall), Stephen F. Austin DE John Franklin-Myers (No. Cruikshank has the length and agility play as a press corner or safety, so he's a good value in the fifth round. 40 overall), Oregon RB Royce Freeman (No. Packers draft picks 2020: NFL Draft grades by team, all of Green Bay's selections Keep track of exactly who the Packers are taking where during the 2020 NFL Draft. 13 overall), LSU RB Derrius Guice (No. They haven’t had a true difference maker since Reggie Nelson left and Bates could be that guy. Up next is undrafted free agency. The Saints found depth at receiver with Smith, who presents a blend of toughness and speed. He should be a better pro player than he was in college. 2018 NFL Draft: Final quick-snap grades for all 32 teams Published: Apr 28, 2018 at 02:04 PM. Surprisingly, they didn’t make any trades on the final day, instead making all eight selections. Here is the Packers’ draft class in full: Round 1 (18): Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville, Round 5 (138): Cole Madison, T, Washington State, Round 5 (174): Marquez Valdes-Scantling, WR, South Florida, Round 6 (207): Equanimeous St. Brown, WR, Notre Dame, Round 7 (232): James Looney, DE, California, Round 7 (239): Hunter Bradley, LS, Mississippi State. Apr 29, 2018 … Draft picks: San Diego State RB Rashaad Penny (No. Case Keenum's two-year deal took QB out of the equation here, and Paxton Lynch still has an opportunity to grow into a starter. 220 overall). 2018 NFL Draft Grades for all 32 teams: Bears, Bucs, Ravens, Panthers get top marks Pete Prisco hands out grades for every team after a wild 2018 NFL Draft. I think fellow tight end Dallas Goedert has a potentially great future, though, so I would have gone that direction instead. 32 overall), Oklahoma OT Orlando Brown (No. Oakland doctors signed off on Hurst, a first-round talent who was diagnosed with a heart condition at the NFL Scouting Combine. The guy led Stanford in tackles last year as a nose tackle. The skinny: The Jaguars selected Bryan, even though they already have a load of talent on defensive line. 176 overall), Maine OG Jamil Demby (No. Cleveland Browns James is fluid, tough, and fast. At 6-foot-2 ¾ and 287 pounds, he might be a tad small but he tested reasonably well at the combine (28 reps on the bench press, 4.89 40 and 38.5-inch vertical). Campbell is a versatile athlete able to play outside corner or free safety, two areas of need for the team. "It's just competition, by no means is it over," Packers college scout Matt Malaspina said. They already have a good receiving corps even if he can’t get his off-field issues together, so they won’t be too dependent on him being a full-time contributor this season. Ballage was a steal in the fourth round, as well, for a team that needed a good, young player at the position behind Frank Gore. Day 1 grade: B+ Day 2 grade: C The young gunslinger played well enough last season that the team unloaded veteran Alex Smith this off-season. Sizing it up: At 5-foot-10¼, Alexander stands more than 4 inches shorter than Packers cornerback Kevin King (6-3), their top draft pick last year. Day 2 grade: A The team was looking to improve its linebacker situation, and it deemed Nwosu the best option available in the middle of the second round. He's a bit tight in the hips, but he's also a smart, downhill player who will start for many years. 4 overall, ahead of Bradley Chubb, was a bit of a reach. Overall grade: A After a handful of trades up and down the board, Brian Gutekunst, in his first draft as the Packers' GM, ended up selecting 11 players, including five on defense, four on offense and two on special teams. He has quick enough feet to handle pass protection duties. 157 overall), Auburn K Daniel Carlson (No. Day 3 grade: A How he fits: Seventh-round picks can be long shots to make the roster, but the fact that Donnerson was the only pass rusher the Packers took might give him a chance to beat the odds. 4 receiver in 2019 depending on what happens with Randall Cobb who will be a free agent in March. Los Angeles Chargers 123 overall), Arizona State RB Kalen Ballage (No. 224 overall). Stroman's a lean corner, but competitive. Overall grade: B+ © 2005-2020 CBS INTERACTIVE ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. 192 overall), Rutgers DT Sebastian Joseph (No. Day 2 grade: B Day 2 grade: A But he made more plays on the ball. For co… He moved to a hybrid safety-linebacker position as a junior and then played exclusively at inside linebacker as a senior. Chicago Bears New GM Brian Gutekunst has followed his predecessor’s penchant for taking offensive linemen. He's fast, quick, elusive, and tough. Draft picks: Notre Dame OT Mike McGlinchey (No. Kelly is also a strong pick in the sixth round. Looney and Donnerson are longer shots with athletic upside.”, Thor Nystrom of Rotoworld: A+. Draft picks: Arkansas C/OG Frank Ragnow (No. “He’s got the physical and mental tools to be a shutdown artist at the next level, and the Packers desperately need that kind of player at that position.”. Green Bay Packers 2018 NFL Draft grades. 1 overall), Ohio State CB Denzel Ward (No. Scott posted a 43.1-yard career net average at Alabama. Bucky Brooks takes his fourth and final crack at predicting how the first round will play out in the 2019 NFL Draft, with two of the league's greatest quarterbacks suddenly getting understudies. 185 overall), Houston LB Matthew Adams (No. Moore had back-to-back 1,000-yard season at Missouri. 230 overall), Mississippi State P Logan Cooke (No. - Page 6 . The Seattle Seahawks struck first at No. 244 overall). Day 3 grade: B Josh Jackson did not make the same impact as Jaire Alexander, but he showed a lot of promise when playing the slot position. Day 2 grade: A He may have given a little of that value back in his second deal to move up from 27 to 18 in a trade with the Seahawks, who got the 27th overall pick plus a third-rounder (No. Although the Packers have significant needs in other areas on defense, specifically in their pass rush, when you allow an NFL-high 21 touchdown passes last season and receivers average 9.1 yards per attempt against you (second highest in the NFL, according to ESPN Stats & Information), it’s understandable why Gutekunst wanted to double up in his first draft. “I like how the Packers played the first round, practically moving back four spots to take CB Jaire Alexander – a very good player who fills a big need – while picking up a 2019 first-rounder from the Saints. Ridley's quickness will complement Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu quite well, especially with Andre Roberts and Taylor Gabriel no longer with the team.