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Green Bay Packers Draft Grade

The Green Bay Packers, in the first round with the 29th Pick, they took Eric Stokes the cornerback from Georgia. He's 6'1" 194 lbs. He has really nice speed and quickness and he can stay with wide receivers. I think that is something that will translate to the next level. Stokes has really twitchy reaction speed and he can play outside or the inside nickel position. I like the versatility that he brings to the cornerback position. He has nice recovery speed; he can get back into a play after losing ground to a wide receiver. Stokes has below average strength. That's something he's going to have to work on at the next level. He's really weak in run support, most of the time he just gets ran over or misses the ball carrier completely. He doesn't read or anticipate at a high level and that's a big red flag. There's times where he gets really out of position, and he's not quite sure what he sees out there. He's an ideal size for an NFL cornerback and he has a great frame and build for what you're looking for in an outside cornerback. Stokes can play zone or man to man and I like the versatility as well from him, but he gets grabby when he gets out of position. He's going to have to work on that as well because he's going to draw some serious pass interference penalties if he does that in the NFL.

I'm really not a fan of this pick for the Packers. I didn't see, hear, read or talk to any draft analysts that had a first round grade on Erik Stokes, not one. This was a big reach by Green Bay, especially when you had better cornerbacks available on the board. I think he's a decent player, but I just did not see a first round cornerback in this guy.

In the second round with pick number 62 The Packers took Josh Myers, the center out of Ohio State. He's 6'5" 312 lbs. A big bodied center with nice mobility. He's got good but not great quickness, I think he's adequate as far as that goes. He does a nice job with double team blocks. He reads defenses, and he made all the line calls up front for Ohio State, so he's an intelligent player and a good leader at center. Myers is a solid run blocker, not great, but just a very good run blocker. He plays with a nice wide base and has nice balance. Myers isn't really athletic enough to get to outside blocks, and most analysts had a third or fourth round grade on Josh Meyers, so this was a pretty big reach in the second round. It's because he's got a slow reaction time to counter pass rushers, and he can struggle with guys who are quicker. He allows D-lineman to really get into his pads, way too often. Josh Myers has mid round talent, not second round talent. And with Creed Humphrey, still on the board this was a really head scratching pick by the Packers. I think Creed Humphrey is clearly the better player and the better prospect at the same position, so I just was not a fan of this pick at all. 

Taking a cornerback and center with their first two picks, makes sense. I just didn't like either player, where Green Bay selected them. I felt like the Packers reached on players throughout this entire draft. The only pick that I'm a big fan of is third rounder Amari Rodgers the wide receiver out of Clemson. Rodgers can make plays at all three levels, he gives this wide receiver group a much needed boost. Davante Adams had 82 more catches than any other Packer player last year, so getting Rodgers, made a lot of sense. I like that pick and I think he's a really good value in the third round. He should be a big play threat right away for Green Bay. All in all, this was one of the worst drafts in the NFL. I'm giving them a "D+" grade, and If it wasn't for the  Amari Rodgers pick I would have given them a "D-". Outside of Rodgers there really wasn't anything that I got excited for in this draft by the Green Bay Packers, and for the second year in a row, They have really missed in the draft. 

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