Over the course of May, both Joe Marino and I will be assessing each team’s specific Draft class. The objective here is to identify value: where it was best and where it was worst. NDT Premium members will soon be able to access the comprehensive breakdowns of draft classes as well, which looks at the pick by pick breakdown of value across our respective 2017 NFL Draft boards. Today I look at the Green Bay Packers.
The full list of their 2017 NFL Draft class is below:
|61||S||Josh Jones||North Carolina State|
|134||RB||Jamaal Williams||Brigham Young|
|212||OT||Kofi Amichia||South Florida|
|238||RB||Devante Mays||Utah State|
|247||WR||Malachi Dupre||Louisiana State|
Best Value: WR Malachi Dupre, Louisiana State
Dupre is a tools receiver; he’s got size, length and vertical ball skills that are going to give him an opportunity to make the Packers and contribute as a long term option. The passing offense in Baton Rouge hasn’t done Dupre many favors from a developmental standpoint, however.
Dupre’s attractiveness as a player is strictly looking at his uncoachable skills and the flashes of big plays he was able to put on display. He will not be a high impact player for the Packers as a rookie, but should Dupre grow as a receiver he has the potential to be a steal of this draft class.
Worst Value: DT Montravius Adams, Auburn
I’m not quite certain where Adams fits in the cards for the Packers. The Green Bay defensive front has typically targeted versatile players and defenders with block stacking skills. Adams is more of a penetration style player and his effectiveness walling off the point of attack is irregular to say the least.
Adams’ motor has been an issue in the past and there’s some question regarding how hot he’s going to keep it running at the NFL level. For me, Adams was a late round target due to his upside but I don’t see a great scheme fit with Green Bay and the Packers have other players in front of Adams (Kenny Clark, Dean Lowry, Mike Daniels, Ricky Jean-Francois) that all have more consistent skills and traits than Adams for the Packers’ front seven.
Could Surprise: SAF Josh Jones, North Carolina State
Jones is a plus athlete with great length and size. His ability to cover Tight Ends is still developing but there’s been nice illustrations of ball skills down the field and he’s fully capable of playing turn and run coverage.
Jones enters a secondary that was much maligned this offseason and I could definitely see Jones (my 53rd rated player in 2017) pushing for significant playing time. He has the potential and ability to be an upgrade over Morgan Burnett on the back end if he’s able to pick up the play book rapidly.