I am really excited with the Quay Walker pick. Joe Barry has a great track record with developing great ILBs and they all succeeded in his systems. It’s no coincidence that our ILB core excelled when Joe Barry came on board. This defense should be exciting.
I didn’t study Walker that much until my former colleague Pete Dougherty mocked him to the Packers in the first round. But with Walker’s size, I immediately began to envision him and De’Vondre Campbell standing in the middle of that defense. It’s an imposing duo. Campbell brings a sideline-to-sideline element the Packers haven’t had at inside linebacker in years. As Walker develops, the ways in which Barry can use those two linebackers are endless.
Obviously, no one knows how it will shake out but who are you most excited to see develop out of this draft class? For me it has to be Devonte Wyatt and Kenny Clark playing together. Man, I hope they both stay healthy. However, three WR that could develop into real playmakers is intriguing. Which reminds me, with three WR selected, who has the inside track on No. 88?
I’m with you. Clark and Dean Lowry are a great team but there’s been so much movement around the two stalwarts. Frankly, the Packers haven’t had a D-lineman this young and talented next to Clark and Lowry. The faster Wyatt comes along, the more one-on-one opportunities it’s going to create for everyone else up front.
Elgton Jenkins was drafted to play center and started at guard before moving to tackle last season as there was a need at left tackle. Is it a forgone conclusion that Royce Newman cannot be considered for the RT position?
Just to be clear, the Packers didn’t draft Jenkins to play center. He started two years there at Mississippi State but wasn’t beholden to that spot. So, no, it’s not out of realm of possibility Newman gets a shot at right tackle. That’s where he was lining up during last year’s offseason program.
Has it ever happened before that the teams in the same division trade twice in the draft?
I couldn’t give you an accurate number, but it has to be rare. I couldn’t even tell you the last time the Packers made a draft-day trade with a team in the division.
My biggest concern is tight end. Robert Tonyan might not be ready after surgery and none of the rest are top level. Will they add a player through a trade or free agency?
The Packers feel fine about their situation at tight end, especially with Tonyan making significant progress in his return from the ACL injury. In addition to returning Marcedes Lewis, Josiah Deguara and Dominique Dafney, I thought Brian Gutekunst’s comment on Tyler Davis was telling. “I think we might have found something there.” I liked what I saw from Davis, too. He made a few plays last season and has ideal size at 6-4, 252.
Jeff from Indian Lake, NY
Hey guys, now that the draft is over what do you think of this year’s UDFA haul? Anyone in particular to keep an eye on? I love the Tyler Goodson signing. My late grandmother was born and raised in Iowa, so I’ve always been a big Hawkeye fan. He’s a tough runner with some speed and agility to go along with a pretty good set of hands. Could see him in the mix for the third RB spot with Hill and Taylor.
The first two things I look for when the UDFA list comes out are top college performers and college free agents who were signed at positions not addressed in the draft. In that regard, Goodson checks both boxes. As a smaller back, he’ll have to prove himself in pass pro but Goodson was a multifaceted playmaker for the Hawkeyes. He’s one to watch, especially with Kylin Hill working his way back from the ACL. The Packers also picked up Indiana’s Caleb Jones, a three-year starting tackle who goes 6-9, 370 pounds.